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Vol. 1 No. 6 August 2002

Will .NET server make Windows storage friendly?

Microsoft has made no bones about its designs on the storage industry. In the take-no-prisoners style that typifies its entrance into new markets, the Redmond, WA, giant has rapidly been recruiting consulting partners, riding shotgun with ISVs and talking to customers as part of a crash course on the ins and outs of storage management. The fruits of all this work will become evident when Windows .NET Server finally debuts next year. The launch will be crunch time for Microsoft's recently formed Enterprise Storage Group (ESG) - headed by Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia - which will play its hand by introducing several storage-related .NET features that should improve Windows' still-developing storage credentials. At the core of ESG's storage management plans is the Virtual Disk Service (VDS), a Windows .NET Server component that provides block-level virtualization of stored data. VDS includes a host of APIs that let applications manage those blocks with high granularity and control. Using these APIs will give storage ...

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