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Microsoft's Recovery Plan

CHICAGO Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) will target disk-based backup and recovery as its next major journey into storage, although the road to product release remains a long one.

At the Storage Decisions conference here today, Microsoft announced a disk backup /recovery application called Data Protection Server (DPS) aimed at improving and simplifying the backup and especially restoration of data (see Microsoft Intros DPS).

We won't know for a while how well it works. Microsoft says the product won't be generally available until the second half of 2005, and that probably means early 2006, considering Microsoft's track record for hitting deadlines.

Why announce it so early? The Redmond goliath obviously wants everybody to know it'll be addressing this growing market (see New Enterprise Backup: Proceed With Caution). It's already rolled off a long list of partners, including OEM deals with Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL), Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), Iomega Corp. (NYSE: IOM), NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY), Quantum Corp. (NYSE: DSS) and Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK).

Software vendors CommVault Systems Inc., Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) (NYSE: CA), Dantz Development Corp., EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC),LiveVault Corp., NSI Software Inc., and Yosemite Technologies Inc., as well as hardware vendors Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL), Engenio Information Technologies Inc., Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), LeftHand Networks Inc., QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC), Seagate Technology Inc. (NYSE: STX), and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) also say their products will work with DSP.

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