The Western Digital servers will include the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials operating system software.
storage solutions specialist Western Digital announced it will be offering a
small-office storage server product and has signed an OEM software agreement
with Microsoft to include the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials
operating system software.
Digital plans to combine its storage technologies with Microsoft's operating
system to deliver a storage solution for the small business market. The company
said the aim is to deliver a product that simplifies connection, protection and
collaboration online for small businesses and the information technology
services organizations that support them.
combining Microsoft's platform with Western Digital's strength in the storage
market, the two organizations bring extraordinary synergies that boost
productivity and efficiency for small business. With this, Western Digital will
offer storage solutions for small business that provide centralized, online
shared storage capable of meeting the storage requirements of the small
business owners in today's fast-paced business environment," said Thomas
Gallivan, the company's vice president of marketing for SMB branded products.
to Forrester Research, small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) will outpace the
projected IT market growth rate of 7.1 percent. In terms of infrastructure
spending increases, storage and servers top SMBs' hardware budget plans.
Slightly more than half (53 percent) of SMBs indicate that they will increase
their storage spend. To serve this market, Western Digital joined with
Microsoft to incorporate advanced online features so businesses can securely
share information with clients, consultants or satellite offices located
anywhere in the world.
businesses will find great value in the combination of WD's hardware solutions
and the recently released Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials
solution from Microsoft," said Nick Parker, vice president of worldwide
marketing for the OEM division at Microsoft. I am excited about the opportunity
we have with WD and their solutions for helping small businesses run more
April report, "Demand Insights: The SMB Hardware Infrastructure Market," said
suppliers of infrastructure hardware to SMB buyers are poised for better times,
given plans by SMBs to upgrade their software and associated hardware
infrastructures-but only for those vendors that embrace and deliver a
broad-portfolio services and solutions orientation. "Storage and server
technologies top SMBs' budget lists, but much of that will be consumed by the
SMB market as a cloud service," wrote Forrester principal analyst Tim Harmon.
"2011 and 2012 will be marked years for SMB client device form-factor
transition, too, as data-hungry tablets emerge as viable business devices."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.