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Microsoft Opens iSCSI Window

Early feedback from Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 indicates improvement over Microsoft's previous storage OS and a nice complement for IP SANs.

That said, early adopters are also quick to add that R2 is still very much a work in progress.

R2 extends Microsoft's reach beyond the NAS systems powered by its Windows Server 2003. While Storage Server 2003 R2 still ships mostly on NAS servers from partners such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, it seems a good fit for companies looking for file and block storage on IP SANs.

Improvements in Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 include single-instance storage for compression, disk quotas and file screening for improved utilization, and Distributed File System (DFS) for replicating across distances. (See Microsoft Widens Storage Window.)

Still, at least one customer warns one not expect too much from Microsoft's new storage OS.

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