Windows File System To Be Enhanced

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-04-19 Print this article Print

In its upcoming "Longhorn" version of the Windows .Net Server, Microsoft plans to pour a lot of innovation into the file system to allow such things as richer types of search and synchronization.

SEATTLE – Microsoft Corp. intends once again to focus on the knowledge worker in the Longhorn version of its Windows .Net Server software, and will be pouring a lot of innovation into a new file system. In one of the first public discussions of the Longhorn server family, Peter Houston, a senior director in Microsofts Windows server product management group, talked about the Redmond, Wash., software firms vision for the product at a Windows strategy session at the Windows Hardware Engineers Conference here late Thursday. The Longhorn server suite will follow the Windows .Net Server family, the release of which has been delayed twice and which is now expected to be released to manufacturing by the year-end and in customer hands early in 2003.
Houston said as the server product had outgrown the current file system, where information was stored as a simple file. "There needs to be a greater richness in the file system," he said.
His comments echoed those of Jim Allchin, the group vice president of platforms at Microsoft, who earlier in the week told eWEEK Online that Microsoft was also investing heavily in new storage initiatives for Longhorn and beyond. "I am unrepentant," Allchin said. "I want a storage system where you can issue flexible queries. There are so many things you could do if you had a heterogeneous store that had flexible queries." In his talk Houston said there would be significant storage advances in the file system, allowing richer types of search and synchronization in the Longhorn servers, adding that notification services, real-time communications and other collaboration features would also be integrated into the product. Microsoft would also revolutionize collaboration via storage and media, and the Longhorn servers would include the full federation of .Net My Services, he said. Federation was itself a "big investment area" for Microsoft going forward, Houston said, as it improved the ability of users to share information. Key technologies would be trust brokers, federated directory namespaces and Web protocols, he said.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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