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Vol. 7 No. 4 June 2008

Windows Server 2008 steps on some storage toes

Windows Server 2008, the latest Microsoft OS, was released to manufacturing in February. It doesn't include as many totally new features as Windows Server 2003 did in its first release, but it will offer new integration for features first rolled out with Windows Server 2003 R2 in 2005. That new integration leads industry experts to anticipate better adoption and, potentially, a few bruised egos in the storage market as some features overlap with existing vendor offerings. 64-bit support is one feature that was already present in Windows 2003 R2, but storage vendors are expected to catch onto it more widely this time around. "The key is the upgrade to Exchange 2007," which runs on 64-bit software, says Randy DeMeno, chief evangelist at CommVault. CommVault is offering what it calls "release-agnostic" upgrade support; users can back up files and apps from any previous version of Windows and restore them to any other version, including 2008. EMC says a 64-bit OS will more fully saturate storage pipes, and could lead to issues with ...

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  • Gaps seen in file archiving tools

  • 10 key considerations for email archiving

    If you haven't standardized on an email archiving product, it can be time-consuming to find one that fits your company's needs. We list the 10 questions that will help you narrow down the list of available products and find the one that best suits your requirements.

  • QUALITY AWARDS III: NetApp sweeps NAS awards

    After a clean sweep of both the enterprise and midrange categories, NetApp is the undisputed NAS king. BlueArc Corp., last year's enterprise winner, didn't have a chance to challenge NetApp with too few responses to make the final cut.

  • Ask the Expert: Connecting two data centers

    I'm connecting two data centers, 70km apart, and I want to use EMC Symmetrix for synchronous replication. Will that distance work?

  • Migrate data without mistakes

    by  Deni Connor

    Data migrations are a fact of life. In many cases, the migration ends up being a tedious process. Automated tools can help ease migration woes. Host-based migration software takes the load off the storage array and can easily bridge the gap when migrating data between heterogeneous storage systems. But array-based migration may be preferred for technology refreshes.

  • The big crunch: Capacity grows, budgets shrink

    The brief respite storage managers enjoyed from the ever-escalating need for more disk capacity appears to be over. Respondents to our 2008 Purchasing Intentions survey say they'll add an average of 47TB of new disk capacity this year. But they'll have to do it with smaller storage budgets. And while virtualization could help respondents use their storage more efficiently, it's still receiving a cool reception.

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