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Vol. 5 No. 3 May 2006

Windows NAS gets gussied up

Microsoft's newest NAS operating system, Windows Storage Server (WSS) 2003 R2, is now in the hands of its OEM partners and includes a number of new features. With R2, WSS now includes native iSCSI target support, the ability to boot from select iSCSI SAN arrays and a bundling of Microsoft's SharePoint collaboration suite. To improve performance, the image Microsoft sends its partners has been tuned to give users the best file-serving performance. A more futuristic feature is native full-text indexing. While CPU-intensive, "our customers tell us that people spend too much time looking for information," says Claude Lorenson, group product manager for Microsoft's storage division. But the feature Lorenson believes will attract the most users to WSS R2 by far is single-instance storage, which does file-level de-duplication. He says that Microsoft turned on single-instance storage on some internal file shares, and saw a capacity reduction of approximately 40%. --Alex Barrett

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Features in this issue

  • Quality Awards: Top NAS products

    In the latest Diogenes Labs-Storage Quality Awards survey, users chose enterprise and midrange NAS winners from more than 20 product lines. A NAS mainstay and a relative newcomer to the category took the top honors.

  • Keep end-user storage in check

    With free e-mail services offering up to 2GB of storage, it's tough to convince corporate e-mail users that mailbox limits are needed. But companies are realizing that user storage quotas are a necessary evil.

  • Windows NAS gets gussied up

  • Single-pane storage management

    Managing a heterogeneous storage environment means juggling a hodgepodge of vendor-specific tools. Some vendors are working toward a consolidated management console, but standards are needed for single-pane storage management to become a reality.

  • Vendor support falls short

    A recent survey from TheInfoPro shows that storage vendors' support of their products is still a sore point among users. The good news is that some vendors are finally paying attention.

  • New tape formats are bigger, faster & safer

    Tape capacities and data transfer rates are growing, but before you get hooked on the speeds and feeds, there are several key points worth considering.

Columns in this issue

  • Disaster Recovery Extra: Editorial

  • ILM isn't just tiered storage

    by  James Damoulakis

    Storage tiers are the first step toward true information lifecycle management. But they're only a small step—the key to ILM success is aligning your data with its business value.

  • Vendors need to create products specifically for SMBs

    Storage Bin: All too often, storage vendors treat small- to medium-sized businesses as second-class citizens. SMBs have the same needs as enterprises, so rather than giving them hand-me-downs, vendors need to create products specifically for this group. Vendors just might find that those products have the features that enterprises want, too.

  • Storage tears

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  • Data storage security trends

    by  Jon Oltsik

    2005 was a big year for storage security, with major vendors doing more than just paying lip service. Vendors are beginning to integrate security into new products or add encryption capabilities. But there's a lot more to do in 2006 to build a secure storage infrastructure.

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