Centro" = Windows Essential Business Server
Essential Business Server combines Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, System Center Essentials, Forefront Security for Exchange, the next version of ISA and SQL Server 2008 (in Premium Edition) into an "all-in-one" solution. But the product is truly more than the sum of its parts and delivers new technology above and beyond the component products. Essential Business Server provides a single point of management for all of the components and workloads, as well as third party software applications, and incorporates an incredible amount of best practices. We estimate set up will require 75% fewer steps than what is required today, for example. In addition, it has a single server license and a single client access license, as well as features to help IT track, manage and re-assign licenses.
Microsoft hardware partners that are already planning to support Essential Business Server include Fujitsu Siemens, HP, IBM and Intel. Software partners already developing or planning on creating "Add-Ins" for the Essential Business Server console include CA, Citrix, FullArmor, McAfee, Quest, Symantec and Trend Micro. Microsoft applications will add-in, too, of course.