In the spirit of keeping you updating on Windows Storage Solutions, this week members of our team are off to Orlando, Florida for the bi-annual Storage Networking World (SNW) conference. You may recall that last October at SNW, we announced the RTM of Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 as part of Microsoft’s Universal Distributed Storage commitment to deliver storage solutions with high-end storage functionality via a multitude of partners.
Reinforcing that commitment to storage solutions, I’d like to highlight progress and announcements that our partners are making at SNW:
· Cisco introduced the WAAS WAE 674 Appliance that provides local application hosting and acceleration of centralized data center applications. The Cisco WAAS WAE-674 can be upgraded with embedded virtualization software to support “virtual blades” for hosting off-the-shelf applications, beginning with Windows Server 2008.
· AMD announced availability of the industry’s first Reference Design Kit (RDK) for the Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) 2.0 Specification. The RDK supports Network Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Networks (SANs), Unified Storage systems, as well as all major interface connectivity options including GigE, 10GigE, Fibre Channel, and Infiniband. SBB 2.0 and the Windows Storage Server platform will help promote affordable enterprise class storage functionality to customers of all sizes.
· Fujitsu debuted an easy-to-install network attached storage (NAS) appliance for small to medium businesses called F-NAS. Based on Windows, F-NAS features Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (WUDSS) and allows both file and block-level data to be transferred over Ethernet networks. F-NAS also consolidates storage under a single Microsoft Management Console (MMC), simplifying the management of storage resources.
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