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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Windows Server 2008, the latest Microsoft OS, was released to manufacturing in February. It doesn't include as many totally new features as Windows Server 2003 did in its first release, but it will offer new integration for features first rolled out with Windows Server 2003 R2 in 2005. That new integration leads industry experts to anticipate better adoption and, potentially, a few bruised egos in the storage market as some features overlap with existing vendor offerings. 64-bit support is one feature that was already present in Windows 2003 R2, but storage vendors are expected to catch onto it more widely this time around. "The key is the upgrade to Exchange 2007," which runs on 64-bit software, says Randy DeMeno, chief evangelist at CommVault. CommVault is offering what it calls "release-agnostic" upgrade support; users can back up files and apps from any previous version of Windows and restore them to any other version, including 2008. EMC says a 64-bit OS will more fully saturate storage pipes, and could lead to issues with hot spots on disks as servers ... Access >>>

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