Microsoft releases names and prices for Aurora

Software Imperium Microsoft has announced the final names and pricing for Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011.

SBS 2011 is the catchy name for what has become known in the trade as “Aurora”.

The Imperium apparently thinks that Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is a little more sexy than a golden dawn – they are probably right.

It will hit the shops in the first half of next year and set you back $545.

Like the name suggests,  Windows SBS 2011 Essentials is targeted at small businesses that want to deploy their first server.

Redmond tells us that it ships with a lump of security software to protect your data, lets you organise and access business information from virtually anywhere, supports business applications, and connects to online services such as Office 365, hosted e-mail, collaboration, and CRM.

The software can be used by up to 25 users and requires no CALs for user access.

What has been known as SBS 7 will be known as Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard. Priced at $1,096, with CALs going for approximately $72, it is slated for release in December 2010 . It is aimed at small businesses with up to 75 users that want enterprise-class server technology, automatic daily server backups, and features like e-mail, Internet connectivity, internal websites, remote access, as well as file and printer sharing. Licensing is consistent with previous versions of Windows SBS 2008 Standard, which required a Server License and CALs for each user.

Last, but not least, there will be a server add-on known as Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on. Priced at $1,604, with client-access licenses going for approximately $92, it too is slated for release in December 2010 from Microsoft and February 2011 from OEMs and System Builders.

The add-on is an additional server that provides support for SQL Server-based LOB applications and access to Window Server 2008 R2 technologies.

It will have Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard as well as SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business.

The Imperium has two more Windows Server products on the way which go by the codename Vail which is the second version of Windows Home Server. Apparently there is a second one which has a codename Breckenridge.

It looks like it is a version of Windows Home Server Vail which is designed to function as storage server. The Imperium has not said when these will hit the shops.