Microsoft has announced general availability of its Windows Storage Server 2003 file and print server software.
Windows Storage Server 2003 succeeds Windows Powered Network Attached Storage (NAS). Microsoft licenses the product to suppliers of Nas devices such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, EMC and Iomega. Each will deliver at least one Nas product based on the Microsoft file server technology.
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Windows Storage Server 2003 is available in an Enterprise Edition for use in enterprise datacentres and Standard Edition for use as a file and print server in a business department, branch office or in small and medium-sized businesses.
The Microsoft storage software supports eight-node server clustering, Distributed File System and Volume Shadow Copy for point-in-time copies. Windows Storage Server 2003 scales from 160Gbytes to more than 40Tbytes.
Several storage hardware and software suppliers have announced products around Windows Storage Server 2003. Among them are Dell and Veritas Software.
Dell will offer the Microsoft software on its PowerVault 770N and 775N systems for small and medium-sized companies at prices starting at $4,999 (£3,136).
Veritas announced availability of its Storage Replicator for Windows Storage Server 2003, a tool to replicate data in storage systems based on the Microsoft software.
To support its storage push, Microsoft also unveiled a storage information website for its customers, called the Microsoft Storage Community. Users will be able to talk to experts, share information and chat with Microsoft's technical staff.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service
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