Earlier this year, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced that it was developing an integrated IT solution for midsize businesses. The project, which was codenamed "Centro," is now set to be released as Windows Essential Business Server, the company said in a recent preview of the product's key components and features.

The new solution combines the technologies of Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, Forefront Security for Exchange, System Center Essentials, the next version of ISA Server and SQL Server 2008. It will provide a unified console for management of key IT workloads, and include built-in best practices. A single Client Access License for all included products will simplify license management.

Microsoft has also announced that HP, IBM, and Intel will support Windows Essential Business Server, and that Citrix, CA, CommVault, Trend Micro, FullArmor, McAffee, Quest and Symantec will provide add-in solutions for the new product.

Published on: Nov 7, 2007