Help Me Choose: Server Operating Systems

 

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is designed and priced for small businesses with fewer than 25 users. Utilizing Windows Server® 2008 R2 technology, it provides a simple, easy-to-use solution to help protect data with automatic daily backups for client systems, provides file and document access from anywhere with centralized storage and access to cloud-based services such as email, collaboration and line-of-business applications

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard is a specially designed software suite for businesses with fewer than 75 users. It incorporates key Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange, Sharepoint® and SQL Server® technologies that provide many of the features used by larger companies, including integration with key line-of-business applications such as accounting and customer relationship management (CRM). This one (SBS Standard) to two (with SBS Premium Add-On) server solution provides email, internet connectivity, internal websites, remote access, support for mobile devices, file and printer sharing, backup and restore — all at a discount from the individual software product prices.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials is a cost-effective, entry-level server operating system designed for small business owners and IT generalists supporting small businesses with fewer than 15 users. Windows Foundation is a reliable technology that provides organizations with the basic ability to run prevalent business applications, as well as share information and resources.

Windows Server 2012 Foundation is a cost-effective, entry-level server operating system designed for small business owners and IT generalists supporting small businesses with fewer than 15 users. Windows Foundation is a reliable technology that provides organizations with the basic ability to run prevalent business applications, as well as share information and resources.

Windows Server 2012 Standard is Microsoft’s most robust Windows Server operating system to date. With built-in advanced web and virtualization capabilities, it is designed to increase the reliability and flexibility of your server infrastructure while helping save time and reduce costs. Virtualization abilities enable increased scalability and control over your servers, as well as streamlined configuration and management tasks. Plus, cutting-edge security features help protect your data and network providing a solid, highly dependable foundation for your business.

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter offers an enterprise-class platform for deploying business-critical applications and large-scale virtualization on small and large servers. It can improve availability, help enhance power management, integrate solutions for mobile and branch workers, and reduce infrastructure costs by consolidating applications with unlimited virtualization licensing rights. Able to scale from 2–320 processors and support unlimited users, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter provides a foundation on which to build enterprise-class virtualization and private cloud solutions.

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) is an open source operating system designed for edge of network and core data center workloads. RHEL is a subscription-based operating system licensed in 2- and 4-socket versions. Within each socket licensing is an additional licensing option to choose one virtual image, four virtual images or unlimited virtual images to run on top. RHEL can be used in small, medium and large corporate and government organizations without additional licensing and comes in 1, 3- and 5-year subscriptions.

SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is an open source operating system designed to handle workloads running in large data center environments down to single-server environments. SLES is a subscription-based operating system that allows you access to patches, fixes and security updates through their customer portal. SLES has only one type of license that can be used on 1, 2- and 4-socket servers and can be purchased in 1 or 3-year subscriptions.

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A solution for small business environments with fewer than 25 users. Includes automatic daily backups, file and document access from anywhere, easy access to cloud-based services, and a simpler interface for easy management. No virtualization rightsWindows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
A turnkey solution that includes shared calendars, email, collaboration and remote access, and you have fewer than 75 usersWindows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
A turnkey solution that includes shared calendars, email, collaboration and remote access, support for line-of-business applications such as CRM, and you have fewer than 75 usersWindows Small Business Server 2011 Standard With Premium Add-On
Full Windows Server functionality with unlimited virtual instances for an unlimited number of users. Ideal for highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environmentsWindows Server 2012 Datacenter
Full Windows Server functionality with 2 virtual instances for an unlimited number of users. Ideal for low density or non-virtualized environmentsWindows Server 2012 Standard
Basic solution that includes shared files, printers and remote access for fewer than 15 usersWindows Server 2012 Foundation