Over 50 Vendors Plan
to Support the New Storage Server"> Brocade Communication Systems, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Iomega are among more than 50 software vendors, hardware manufacturers and solutions providers lining up to commit to building on or supporting Windows Storage Server 2003 R2. Available for both 32- and 64-bit versions, Windows Storage Server 2003 R2s new features include single-instant storage to enable simplified document finding with text-based file search and built-in collaboration tools within the NAS (network-attached storage) operating system by providing integration with Microsoft SharePoint Services, according to Claude Lorensen, Microsoft group product manager for storage.These partners include Alacritech, Broadcom, EmBoot, IBM, Intel, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Neterion. A host of others have signed on as well to offer the technology within their products. Currently beta testing the software, Dickinson Wrights Hunt said Microsoft has scored a bulls-eye with its tool by allowing his organization to deploy bootable volumes on remote IBM BladeCenter blade servers in less than 10 minutes. "Using blade servers and iSCSI SANs has allowed us to build cost-effective disaster recovery capabilities while at the same time benefiting from the environment on a daily basis," Hunt said. Going forward with its storage plans, upon the release of Vista, Microsoft will enable customers to visualize all devices on a SAN attached to Windows through a new tool called Storage Explorer. The tool features monitoring capabilities between servers and devices and can launch storage management for SANs, as well as storage provisioning to enable LUN (logical unit number) creation and expose LUNs to different servers. For the post-Vista time frame, Lorensen said Microsofts storage division is examining integrating content-addressed storage with Microsoft Office to enhance data classification and archiving capabilities. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Helping to push iSCSI adoption as a cheaper alternative to Fibre Channel among Windows customers, Microsoft is announcing support for a software-based SAN boot of Windows using Microsofts iSCSI Software Initiator, and partnerships with several server OEMs and network hardware vendors to deliver the technology.