Windows Storage Server 2003

By Bryan Muehlberger, ITworld |  How-to

Microsoft has developed a version of its Windows Server 2003 Operating
System that will actually compete with itself. You may be asking - "how
is that possible?" Well, Microsoft has recently released its new
version of its Windows Server 2003 Operating system geared towards the
network attached storage (NAS) marketplace called Windows Storage Server
2003.

Windows Storage Server 2003 (WSS) is Microsoft's solution to the growing
need for companies to consolidate the number of file and print servers
that are beginning to accumulate in data centers around the world. This
product, if successful, could actually erode Microsoft's share of the
server market. Now I may be jumping the gun here, and I am sure there
are already many of you who are firing up your e-mail to send me a
message about how crazy this sounds - but it is possible - at least
remotely.

WSS is a network attached storage (NAS) operating system that enables
original equipment manufacturers to build appliances that provide
dedicated file serving capabilities and storage on the network. This
new version of W2K3 is available only through OEM's (i.e. HP, Dell,
etc). The operating system is a headless OS that allows network
administrators to take advantage of the power of W2K3, yet without much
of the overhead of a full-blown server.

Adding a Windows Storage Server 2003 appliance to the network allows
businesses to consolidate multiple file servers into a single more
powerful NAS device, thus reducing the footprint of full-blown server
devices in your data center as well as the associated maintenance, power
costs, labor costs, etc. Additionally, this "headless" appliance is
remotely managed through a Web-based user interface for the minimal
configuration tasks required for setup. Microsoft states that NAS
devices that are being developed with the WSS operating system can be
deployed in under 15 minutes.

You can find out more about Windows Storage Server 2003 at:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/wss2003/default.mspx.

Join me next week when we dive into some of the advantages of Windows
Storage Server 2003.

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