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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Windows as a management platform In the networked storage world, the issue of which platform the management software runs on doesn't have the same relevancy as with direct-attached storage (DAS) where the management software and data are on the same box, in many cases. Most storage management software can manage storage that contains data from either Windows or Unix servers, not to mention NetWare, Linux and other operating systems. Nonetheless, the operating environment for management software does have definite implications for cost, capability and stability. With the launch of Windows Server 2003, storage management software developers can deploy Unix-like features such as the Virtual Disk Service (VDS) virtualization engine and Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) snapshot technology. As Microsoft closes the gap with Unix, the advance of Windows-based storage management software may well kick off a commoditization process similar to what Windows instigated and other server software. "In the area of management, the barrier of entry has been very high," says ... Access >>>

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