Windows Storage Server 2003 launched

Posted by bink on September 10 2003, 9:01 PM. Posted in Storage Server (NAS).

Windows Storage Server 2003 (codename NAS 3.0) is released:

Today at the Storage Decisions 2003 conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of Windows® Storage Server 2003. A dedicated file and print server solution, Microsoft® Windows Storage Server 2003 will be available through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Dell, EMC Corp., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, INLINE Corp., Iomega Corp., MaXXan Systems, Inc., and NEC Corp.

"IT professionals continue to tell us they need cost-effective storage solutions to help ensure data availability, realize the savings of file server consolidation and maintain business continuity," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Enterprise Storage Division at Microsoft. "With enterprise-ready features like Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS), Virtual Disk Service (VDS) and failover clustering, Windows Storage Server 2003 meets those critical storage needs, all at a low total cost of ownership."

Windows Storage Server 2003 is available in two editions. Enterprise Edition is a highly scalable file storage server that meets the data availability and performance needs of enterprise datacenters. Standard Edition is a reliable, dedicated file and print server, ideal for enterprise departments, branch offices, and small and medium-sized businesses.

The United States Army Reserve 108th Division is an early Windows Storage Server 2003 customer. Its goal was to reduce IT costs for storage and file serving through consolidation, while increasing data availability and operational efficiency.

"We purchased the INLINE FileStorm NAS with Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 to realize cost savings through file server consolidation and to enable disaster recovery through replication," said Willie Bradham, information management officer of the 108th Division of the United States Army Reserve. "We were amazed at how easily we were able to integrate the solution into our existing WAN architecture for remote user file sharing."

To meet their specific needs and preferences, customers have a broad choice of OEM products powered by Windows Storage Server 2003. OEM storage products announced today are the Dell PowerVault 775N and 770N storage systems, HP StorageWorks NAS 2000s, the Iomega NAS P400m series, the INLINE FileStorm systems, and MaXXan Systems' SG110m NAS gateway appliance and the SG210m application card. The EMC NetWin 200, when generally available, also will be based on Windows Storage Server 2003.

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