Alternative to SBS2011
Posted on 2014-03-13
SBS2011 used to be a perfect choice to small business customers network because it had RWW, Exchange built-in. However I can't buy it anymore.
What are my alternatives?
I have two server installations:
(1) One site is with 5 users and they use OUTLOOK, but then they don't do group scheduling or anything fansy,
(2) Another site is with 7 users and they also use OUTLOOK. They also told me that they don't use Outlook for group scheduling as they have their legal software that does calendaring for all the attorneys.
That said I guess they can live without Exchange, but I want to make sure that
(1) RWW is available so that users can connect to their office desktop computers from home.
(2) Their smart phones can be synched with Exchange server for contacts and emails or whatever (in case there is no exchange server).
There must be a reason why Microsoft stopped selling SBS2011 with Exchange. I saw Small business server 2012 Essentials w/o Exchange. Is there an industry trend that I am missing?