Eight New Tech Products for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses - Slide 2

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Microsoft Vail and Aurora Server Products

As the next-generation version of Microsoft's Windows Home Server product, Vail comes with excellent media-sharing capabilities, including media streaming.  In addition, Vail comes with business-friendly features such as multi-PC backup, native support for the Mac OS, and improvements in backup and restore capabilities.  As usual, Microsoft is already pushing developers toward the creation of add-ins, which can be created using Visual Studio 2008, with a Vail Preview SDK.

Aurora, on the other hand, is targeted at small businesses.  Microsoft says Aurora handles up to 25 users and is designed as a "first server" option for small businesses. Unlike previous iterations of Microsoft's server products, Aurora is unique in its focus on cloud computing.  The first server product designed to complement a monolithic design with cloud-based services, Aurora is taking a significant departure from traditional computing paradigms. Some of Aurora's features include automatic daily backups of PCs, access via Web browsers, and check this out: the option of pay-as-you-go Web services. 

A variety of products created for small and medium-sized businesses have come on the market recently. Releases include everything from next-generation servers to security suites to hosted PBX VoIP. Paul Mah has written about many of these new releases, and we collected the best to highlight in this slideshow.

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