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Microsoft Launches Windows Server Bundle For Midmarket

Microsoft aims to replicate the success of its Small Business Server (SBS) in the midmarket by launching a Windows Server System bundle targeted at companies with 50 to 250 PCs.

The midsize-business bundle, announced Thursday and expected to be touted by Microsoft at its Worldwide Partner Conference later this week, includes three copies of Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, one Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition, one Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 Workgroup Edition and 50 client access licenses (CALs) for Windows and Exchange.

Microsoft executives said the bundle represents a 20 percent savings over Open Value pricing and will be offered in the United States and Europe starting in August and in Asia in September. The combined cost for those products if purchased individually is about $6,400, Microsoft said.

Greg Gatzke, CEO of Zag Technical Services, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in San Jose, Calif., said it's important for Microsoft to trim the cost of the sale in the midmarket. The inclusion of the MOM 2005 Workgroup server is a good move because management is a key issue for midmarket customers, he added.

"We have been doing a decent amount of MOM 2005 Workgroup [sales] because it fits the needs of this midlevel group," Gatzke said. "If they can have a prepackaged thing, it would be great."

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