We are a small consultancy practice with 11 employees, running a Microsoft SBS server. We had planned to replce the server in September 2014, but our IT support company today suggested that we bring this forward to December 2013, because after the end of this year MS are withdrawing SBS completely. MS will be continuing to support SBS, and we can still add licences, so if we bring forward our purchase we at least get another 5 years on SBS. The IT guys seem to think MS are doing it to force everyone onto cloud computing, but being located in a remote area we are loath to trust all our business activity to our slightly dodgy internet connection.
Does anyone know of an alternative to MS SBS which we could use to run our business - we use MS Office, Quickbooks, Moneysoft Payroll and MapInfo. Does anyone use LINUX and if so do you have support?