Microsoft EBS is no more

Microsoft EBS (Essential Business Server) has been discontinued. The team said today (March 5th) on their blog:

“Since the launch of EBS, several changes have occurred that drove our decision to streamline our server product portfolio. First, midsize businesses are rapidly turning to technologies such as management, virtualization and cloud computing as a means to cut costs, improve efficiency, and increase competitiveness. Those capabilities are already available through other offerings, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).”

I’m not particularly surprised at all about this as we’ve seen very low levels of interest in this product over the last year or so. It was relatively attractive if you were setting up a completely new company that was straight away 75+ users and would run totally self sufficiently, but that isn’t something that happens very often!

As far as I can see, SMB’s of 75-300 users, especially nowadays, are less likely to go for a “one size fits all, here’s a package-go install it” style. The skills sets of mid market IT techs are much broader and deeper than in the past…often comparable to that of much bigger Enterprises. I don’t think “The Cloud” is being adopted as much might be suggested, but it is certainly a road that many SMB’s are looking at travelling down in the future.

There are some people on Twitter that love EBS and will no doubt be sad to see this go (you know who you are!) but I think, on the whole, this is a product death that few will mourn. In fact, it may well pass most people completely by as EBS wasn’t even that well known!

What happens next?

There won’t be an EBS 2010 but customers will continue to get:

Mainstream Support

Extended Support

Service Pack support

for the current EBS product.



From June 30th – December 31st there is a promo running which allows current EBS owners to get the individual component parts free of charge so:

Windows Server 2008 Std

Exchange Server 2007 Std

System Center Essentials 2007

The EBS site is here and Mary Jo’s article is here.

2 Replies to “Microsoft EBS is no more”

  1. This is sad news as we were just getting into the swing of things with EBS after working with and reselling SBS for a few years. EBS seemed like a goo entry point for the bigger shops. Its funny though how few people mention the RWW as a key feature in both SBS and EBS. We demo these and people just love it. This area combined with Sharepoint was probably our biggest upsell. Not just initial set up of RWW but real integration with remote desktops, OWA and the biggest piece, Sharepoint.
    I am very glad to see the TMG gone. To me this was the biggest pile of crap in the entire EBS suite. I and most prefer to leave the firewalls up to the companies that do it best. Not a big fan of ISA and in EBS there is no choice but to use TMG.
    Does anyone know if RWW will be available as a separate add on product?

  2. Too much of a good thing. Fair pricing.
    My bet is MS realized this had the potential to cannibalize sales on mid-market so better cut it’s throat now.
    I will miss the out-of-the-box best practices all around.

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