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Microsoft, partners deliver backup and replication blueprint

Kevin Komiega

The Microsoft storage partner parade continued Monday when the Redmond, Wash.-based software maker organized EMC Corp., Brocade Communications Systems Inc., CommVault Systems Inc., Dell Computer Corp., Emulex Corp., NetIQ Corp., KVS Inc. and Nortel Networks into a partnership that resulted in a Microsoft Systems Architecture (MSA) blueprint for replication and recovery in enterprise data centers.

The blueprint is a design for a pre-tested configuration of storage hardware, software and applications. It is intended to be used as a guide for users planning, building and eventually managing an IT infrastructure in Microsoft Windows Server environments.

The core of the MSA Blueprint for Replication and Recovery is based on Windows Server System components, including Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server. It includes hardware, software and services such as messaging, authentication, access control, database, file and print, and Web-access network connectivity, the company said.

Jim Hebert, general manager of Microsoft's Windows Server Product Management Group, said customers benefit because the integrated architectures have been built, tested and proven before they ever start implementation.

Michael Peterson, president and senior analyst of Strategic Research Corp. in Carpentaria, Calif., said this announcement represents a continuation of prior work and partnerships relative to the [Microsoft Systems Architecture program].

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"The foundational idea is solid. Microsoft is becoming more interested in being an enterprise platform, and that means build the entire data center infrastructure around Microsoft rather than the other way around," Peterson said.

The blueprint extends the work that began last year between EMC, Brocade, Dell, Emulex, Nortel Networks and Microsoft for the MSA Internet Data Center.

In August 2002, Microsoft and a similar lineup of partners put forth the Internet Blueprint and the Internet Blueprint Plus for the MSA.

The MSA blueprints are secure, repeatable and tested blueprints that help consolidate server farms that have gotten out of control, according to Microsoft.

The partners have also turned their collective attention to another MSA Enterprise Data Center blueprint that focuses on multiple levels of consolidation and multiple site disaster recovery.

Let us know what you think about the story. E-mail Kevin Komiega, News Writer.

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