Microsoft has expanded its Windows Server family of operating systems with the addition of Windows Server 2008 Foundation.
According to Microsoft, built for small businesses with 15 or fewer users, Windows Server 2008 Foundation puts the reliability, security and manageability of the Windows Server platform within the reach of all businesses at an affordable price.
Windows Server 2008 Foundation is initially available in 40 countries and will provide small business customers with the ability to run business applications and databases, host websites, and provide basic server functionality such as file and print sharing and remote access. Microsoft expects the new server platform to be popular in small businesses across all markets.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said: Today we are launching a new server-based solution with the right technologies at the right price to give small businesses access to the power of server-based business software.
Al Gillen, program vice president of IDC, said: “Microsoft is filling a crucial hole at the low end of its Windows Server portfolio by delivering a simple, low-cost solution geared for small businesses and first-time server users. “Windows Server 2008 Foundation really rounds out Microsoft’s server platform and provides a solution for a key market segment.”