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This article is part of the Vol. 5 No. 1 March 2006 issue of Strategies to take the sting out of microcode upgrades
With a growing NAS customer base and major upgrades to Windows Storage Server on the way, Microsoft is serious about becoming a major player in storage. But can it secure a place in your data center? IT'S CERTAINLY NOT NEWS THAT MICROSOFT CORP. wants to become a big player in storage. But can the Redmond, WA, behemoth go toe to toe with companies such as EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co., IBM Corp., Network Appliance (NetApp) Inc. and Symantec Corp.? Because Microsoft has established hegemony in other IT markets, it's prudent to scrutinize its storage roadmap to determine what a mature Microsoft storage strategy may look like and what technologies, partnerships and strategies it will leverage along the way. While its success is far from assured, if Microsoft can extend its dominance to storage, end users will undoubtedly feel the effects. Microsoft storage technologies are broadly improving, albeit with varying rates of maturity. Looking past the market hype, it's apparent that there are four major areas where Microsoft will have an enduring impact on the ... Access >>>
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