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Windows Server 2008 steps on some storage toes

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Other vendors, like HP, say they "do have that co-opetition feeling," according to Elaine Yee, HP StorageWorks-Microsoft relations marketing manager. But, in some cases, the updates let them offer better storage support for Windows servers; Windows Server Backup replaces an older utility that didn't allow backup to tape, she says.

Storage Explorer, a new management interface introduced with R2, is in a similar boat. The interface can use the SMI-S standard to manage storage, but Drue Reeves, VP and research director for the data center strategies service at Midvale, UT-based Burton Group, doesn't expect it to take the place of established SAN management tools--or Microsoft's own storage management tools. "Virtual Disk Service has more rich features and along with VSS has become a de facto standard," he says. "Users have to deal with fragmented management because SMI-S has not lived up to its promise."


--Beth Pariseau

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This was first published in June 2008

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