Microsoft has announced it’s removing “Drive Extender storage” technology from the upcoming Windows Home Server “Vail,” Small Business Server Essentials “Aurora” and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials “Breckenridge” products.
Microsoft officials said earlier this fall to expect Aurora and Breckenridge to be released in the first half of 2011.
Microsoft attributed the decision to customer and partner test feedback that indicated Drive Extender wasn’t meeting customer needs. “Customers also told us that they wanted easier access to data stored on Drive Extender drives so they’re able to view these files outside of Drive Extender.”
“While this (axing of Drive Extender) removes the integrated ability for storage pooling of multiple hard drives and automated data duplication, we’re continuing to work closely with OEMs to implement storage management and protection using industry standard RAID solutions. This’ll provide customers greater choice as well as a seamless experience that’ll meet their storage needs. Customers will also have access to in-built storage solutions Windows Server 2008 R2 provides for data protection, including software RAID support. We’re also still delivering core features such as automated Server and PC backup, easy sharing of folders and files, Remote Web Access and simplified management without any expected changes,” said Microsoft.