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Written by:SuperUser Account
8/19/2010 9:31 AM RssIcon

by Paul Thurrott

Microsoft this week released two public previews of upcoming low-end Windows Servers, one aimed at homes and home businesses, and the other at small businesses. For those very small businesses that previously found managed servers to be too complex and expensive, these products--Windows Home Server "Vail" and Windows Small Business Server "Aurora", respectively--represent an interesting and perhaps unprecedented conundrum: They're both excellent, and it's unclear which is the better fit.

Vail is the next-generation version of Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) product, and like its predecessor, it offers excellent media sharing capabilities. Vail also includes a new version of the Drive Extender technologies, which allows users to add internal and external hard drives at any time, without needing to worry about drive letters, partitioning or other configurations: With WHS, all storage is aggregated into a single, easy-to-use pool. Drive Extender also provides seamless data duplication functionality, so that all files are duplicated on two different physical disks, to help offset any hardware disasters.

While Vail is aimed primarily at home users, it offers some interesting benefits for small businesses too, including the centralized, pooled storage, centralized PC backup and recovery, and remote access functionality. And because Vail servers will be inexpensive and easily upgradeable, they're a great addition to almost any environment.

What Vail lacks, however, is compatibility with Active Directory-based domains. And that's where Aurora comes in. Small Business Server (SBS) Aurora looks and works almost exactly like Vail--it even features the same add-on extensibility model--but with two major differences. First, an Aurora server is a domain controller, and all of the users, computers, and other objects you manage from this machine will be part of a real AD domain. Second, while Aurora does include the excellent Drive Extender capabilities of Vail, it lacks the media sharing functionality.

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Primus Interpares Consulting 
Office Location:  New York, New York, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller,System Builder,VAR
Industry Focus:  Server Instalations Microsoft CRM Sever, Electronic Medical Records; Website building and maintenence, computer repair.


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NexTec Group - Headquarters 
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Type:  Reseller,VAR
Industry Focus:  Food and Beverage, Wholesale Distribution, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Professional Services, Financial Services, Oil and Gas, Energy, Not-For-Profit, Health Care, Entertainment, Government.


NexTec Group specializes in providing small, mid-market and mid-enterprise companies with financial, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solutions suited to their specific industries and requirements. Our suite of award winning systems include Sage MAS 500 ERP, Sage ERP X3, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics SL. Our set of solutions also includes integrated CRM with Sage SalesLogix CRM and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, robust payroll and HRMS with Sage Abra and development and deployment of robust analytical and reporting tools, including Microsoft SQL Reporting Services, Microsoft FRx, Microsoft Forecaster, Crystal Reports and OLAP for Microsoft Office Excel and Proclarity Analytics Server to deliver a comprehensive solution for your business needs. National and International Presence As a growth-oriented authorized reseller for two of the nations leading mid-market ERP vendors, we continuously evaluate opportunities for expansion. We provide professional sales, technical consulting, implementation services, customized solutions and technical support from offices serving Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, Houston, Cleveland, New Jersey and New York City. We also work with and support clients throughout Central America, South America and APAC (Asia Pacific).

 

 

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Office Location:  Los Angeles, California, United States
Type:  Reseller,Training Firm,VAR
Industry Focus:  Manufacturing and Field Service


Manufacturing and Field Service consulting and implementation

 

 

Parker Software 
Office Location:  Orlando, Florida, United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  All


Parker Software develop innovative software aimed at companies that do business on the web. Parker Software produce two flagship products: "WhosOn", a visitor tracking and live chat solution for business web sites and "Email2DB, an email parser and business process automation solution. Our products are used by thousands of businesses, large and small, in all parts of the world.

 

 

NCC Data 
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Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller
Industry Focus:  NCC Data specializes in IT Outsourcing. We consult with companies in order to help maximize employee’s productivity with the goal of reducing costs.


NCC Data has grown to one of the top independently owned IT services and communications companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Why? Our clients come first. It’s important to us as a company to give each and every client the best in cost-effective innovation, strategies, service and professionalism.

 

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