I officially have permission from Microsoft to reveal to you that the Standard Edition role is BACK IN Skype for Business 2019. If you remember, at Microsoft Ignite last year it was confirmed that this version would be removed and the only option for Front End pools would be Enterprise Edition. It’s not just small organizations that use this role, very large enterprise corporations also use it in smaller branch offices where survivable branch appliances (SBA) just aren’t a good fit. While it is possible to have a single front end in an Enterprise pool, a full version of SQL was still required, which could be costly in small organizations and even branch office scenarios.
I want to give a special thank you to Microsoft for reconsidering this feature, and all of you that voted and commented in the feedback link below (though you don’t need to anymore).
If you’re curious or weren’t aware that the role was removed initially, you can watch the Microsoft Ignite event where the removal was first announced here: