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Vol. 7 No. 9 November 2008

Microsoft wants to resurrect DAS

Microsoft breathed some new life into an old-school storage technology when it recently recommended that users should consider using DAS with Exchange as a way to cut costs. Exchange 2007, the newest version of the popular email server, features easier replication, and the pairing of DAS and Exchange can be an effective way to handle inflated mailbox sizes. "When we were doing the planning for Exchange 2007, one of the things that became clear when you talked to customers was that mailbox quotas at most enterprises hadn't kept up with user demand," says Microsoft's Jon Orton, senior technical product manager of the Exchange Server team. "Users end up spending a lot of time just managing their mailbox." Having dedicated DAS servers for Exchange can be very appealing to storage managers. Matt Lavallee, director of technology at Shrewsbury, MA-based MLS Property Information Network Inc., which serves about 30,000 members, recently implemented DAS to run Exchange 2007 and SQL server. "It's the performance, really, when it comes ...

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