Windows Small Business Server 2011 has entered the beta stage of its development. The new software for managing virtual server environments, code-named Aurora by Microsoft, has been designed to encourage small businesses to forgo traditional, on-premise computing models and turn to third-party hosting providers and cloud computing solutions, Microsoft's TechNet blog reports.
"Windows Small Business Server Codename Aurora is a true bridge to the cloud designed to integrate between on-premise and online services and to use pay-as-you-go online services to extend the server functionality without increasing workload and maintenance needs," said Microsoft's blog.
Aurora has been equipped with a number of services to give small businesses confidence in servers hosted in data centers. New security protocols are also built into Windows Server 2011's features. One of the most prominent security features allows users to set the system to automatically backup files from networked computers onto the server, providing an inherent level of redundancy. Windows Server 2011 also includes SDK tools to encourage in-house development, a personalized web address to foster mobile use of computing resources and compatibility with Microsoft Server 2008 R2.
Windows Server is often deployed in virtual private server environments as a way to manage the resources of companies using the virtual servers. A VPS server solution allows multiple business to share space on a hosted server, but limits the number of businesses per device to leave room for customization and flexibility in service.