• Patch Lady – Life beyond

    For many years I was named as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the category of Small Business Server.  A product that was a bundled suite of Microsoft products specifically designed to make it easy for small businesses to have everything that larger businesses had, but at a cheaper price tag with specific best practices set up.  All good things must come to an end and along with the push to the cloud, so did Small Business Server.  Yet, I still come across businesses that are still running Small Business Server – even out of date and unsupported versions.  I also see many that are struggling to find how best to move to the cloud.

    I often see people that want to move their existing programs to a virtual server in the cloud.  The problem is that many line of business applications are built for what I call “fat connections” and will not work well in a distributed cloud set up.  Not to mention that’s the most expensive way to be placing servers in the cloud.  Rather it may be better to reevaluate what cloud software can replace that line of business software, one that will be cheaper in the long run.

    Life beyond is a white paper I wrote to try to introduce the concept of changes.  (I offered it to Microsoft to have it posted to their Essentials/Old SBS blog but they felt it was better in a community setting so I’m posting it here).  You’ll also want to follow a series of blog posts about moving from Windows 7 and Office 2010 by Mark O’Shea.

    For all of you reading askwoody.com that used Home Server, Small Business Server, Essentials Server, I’ll be writing a series of blog posts and newsletter articles about things I’m thinking about and decisions I’m making and helping other small business clients I see that are slightly struggling to merge the needs of the business with what our vendors want us to do.  I’ll be talking about what decisions I’ve made at home, and what decisions I’ve made at my small office.  In some cases I’m keeping a Microsoft solution, in others (many times in my home setting) I’m moving away from Microsoft solutions.

    So join me in this journey of Life beyond

    First up:  Choosing a home backup solution.