Microsoft Extends Branch Office Promotion

Microsoft is extending its branch office promotion to enterprises with a large number of remote branch sites, with discounts as deep as 43 percent, the company announced Wednesday.

The Microsoft Branch Infrastructure Enterprise Solution bundle is a promotional SKU (stock keeping unit) for customers that need enterprise-class support for branch offices.

The promotional offer will run from Feb. 1, 2007, through Jan. 31, 2008, according to company statements. It will include Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server) 2006 Enterprise Edition, and Virtual Server 2005 R2. It also will include Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager 2007 Enterprise Operations Management License (OML) and Systems Management Server 2003 R2 Server Configuration Management License (CML).

Microsoft said it is working with partners to offer the promotion to customers globally as a branch office all-in-one solution.

The promotion includes 10-pack licenses for each of the included products, enabling deployment of the Microsoft branch solution in 10 or more branch configurations. The deal is meant for customers with a large number of remote site branch offices.

Additionally, customers who purchase the promotional package will be offered Packeteer Inc.'s iShared FlexInstall wide area file services (WAFS) software product at a 30 percent discount.

More information is available here.

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