Level Platforms Announces SBS 2008 Ready (and more)

November 14, 2008 – 11:15 am

LEVEL PLATFORMS - Managed Services Software for Solution providersIn a Press Release this morning from LPI they announced full support and compatibility with regards to Managed Workplace’s ability to provide remote monitoring and management (RMM) of Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 and soon full RMM for EBS 2008.  As far as I’m aware N-Able and Kaseya have nothing ready for SBS and EBS 2008 and Zenith is still using a tweaked version of their Vista agent for 2008 monitoring but has no monitoring “templated” for SBS’s new integrated suite of business services. 

Sounds like somebody had thrown down the gauntlet…

Quotes from PR:

Level Platforms Partners can now deploy comprehensive remote monitoring, management and reporting for SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 in minutes by downloading and applying the new integrated suite of Policy Modules.  These powerful new Solution Kits are available for both On Premise as well as Hosted versions of the award-winning Managed Workplace software.

The Solution Kit for Microsoft SBS 2008 consists of a set of best practices Policy Modules for comprehensive monitoring and management of virtually every feature found in both the Standard and Premium Editions.  In addition to extensive core server monitoring, solution providers benefit from comprehensive performance and reliability monitoring for the SBS 2008’s bundled SharePoint, Exchange, SQL and backup server technologies. New with SBS 2008 is Microsoft’s Forefront security for Exchange and Live OneCare, both now fully managed by Managed Workplace.  Solution providers can use Managed Workplace’s policy modules to monitor Exchange security as well as any potential virus or spyware threats on the SBS and client workstations.  

For EBS 2008, the Solution Kit consists of additional Policy Modules for Systems Center Essentials (SCE) and Forefront Threat Management Gateway (Forefront TMG) health monitoring and threat detection.  As with SBS 2008, both Standard and Premium Editions are supported.  Note that with support for Windows 2008 and HyperV, Level Platforms solution providers have a complete 360-degree view of virtual environments required for effective management.  Managed Workplace is a perfect—in fact essential—complement to EBS 2008 because it provides the missing real-world management capabilities for desktops, networks, printers, VoIP, environmental control systems.  In particular, Managed Workplace now allows managed services providers to offer a competitive managed solution for midsize customers who are seeking ways to reduce costs in the current economic climate.

  1. 4 Responses to “Level Platforms Announces SBS 2008 Ready (and more)”

  2. Support and integration from N-able was announced in conjunction with Microsoft: http://www.n-able.com/press-room/nov12-08.php

    MSPmentor also covered the news:
    http://www.mspmentor.net/2008/11/13/small-business-server-and-managed-services-the-perfect-mates/

    By N-able PR on Nov 14, 2008

  3. Kaseya also announced support for SBS and EBS yesterday. The full release can be found here: http://www.lewiswire.com/us/lewiswire/Kaseya/Kaseya-Announces-Support-for-Windows-Small-Business-Server-and-Essential-Business-Server/n/2578

    We were also mentioned in the MSPmentor article

    By Kaseya PR on Nov 14, 2008

  4. OK, guess I don’t get the PRs fast enough. I’ve done something I never do. I’ve edited the title for you all in recognition of your efforts.

    By Mark on Nov 14, 2008

  5. Issuing press releases is the easy part. Our analysis suggests it will be many months if ever, before others can come close to what we have today.

    I know some solution providers will want to wait and see before they jump into SBS and EBS deployments, and I guess that will be the rationalization used by those that are not able to manage these key platforms effectively. But for those that want to get a head start on their competition, we think Level Platforms Partners now have a big lead.

    The PR machines will continue to turn out all sorts of claims. I recommend solution providers check out the facts themselves. We have had hundreds of downloads of our SBS and EBS Policy Modules already so I know the Level Platforms Partners are hitting the ground running.

    Peter

    By Peter Sandiford on Nov 16, 2008

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