Microsoft has just announced a CTP (Community Technology Preview) for Windows Server (codenamed Centro). Centro is also sometimes referred to as Windows Mid-Market Server, and is an integrated bundle of Microsoft products aimed at mid-size businesses and markets. Products integrated into the “Centro” system include Exchange Server 2007, System Center Essentials 2007, SQL Server 2005, ISA Firewall, and additional Forefront security software. The upcoming CTP of Centro will be based around Windows Server 2008 Beta 3, and should incorporate the latest technologies and improvements from that release. An updated version of Windows Small Business Server, codenamed Cougar and built around a similar product bundle is also under development.
The final version of Centro will be 64-bit only, and is expected to ship some time in 2008. First announced in 2005, Centro was Microsoft’s attempt to offer an all-in-one solution to mid-size businesses that incorporates a variety of products and relevant licenses, rather than selling such offerings piecemeal.
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