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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Network-attached storage (NAS) products based on Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003--formerly known as the Windows Server Appliance Kit (SAK)--are beginning to ship. These include Dell, with its midrange PowerVault 770N and 775N, Hewlett-Packard, with its new StorageWorks NAS 2000s and startup Maxxan, which is running Windows Storage Server on its MXV320 intelligent switch. The new NAS package offers up a host of goodies: improved common Internet file system (CIFS) performance, multipath I/O and failover in an up to eight-node cluster. It also includes Windows Server 2003 features, including Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and Virtual Disk Service (VDS). In this version of VSS, a snapshot management service, third-party vendors can write to the VSS API to make their applications "snapshot aware," says Zane Adam, director of product management and marketing for Microsoft's enterprise storage division. "VDS," meanwhile, "is about making hardware more interoperable with Microsoft environments," says Scott Nacey, product marketing manager for HP's storage ... Access >>>

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