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Microsoft's Server Appliance Kit

What do you think about Microsoft's push into the NAS OS market with their Server Appliance Kit? Do they have the solid performance and feature set needed to be competitive in the NAS marketplace?

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I think it was a smart move for Microsoft and they found a ready market with many vendors including IBM, Compaq, etc. The embedded SAK appears to be tightly wrapped in that other extraneous capabilities normally available in the OS are not available and interfering and the performance appears to be exceptional. Vendors have bundled additional function software (such as IBM with CDPs snapshot software) to add features that provide differentiation. Again, this is a good tactic.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

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This was first published in November 2001

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