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The WSS Factor

Storage customers are getting the idea about Windows-based storage technology. Once thought of as strictly for SMBs, Windows Storage Server 2003 (WSS) seems to be increasingly ubiquitous.

Take Compellent's latest release of WSS-based NAS for its Storage Center SAN. (See Compellent Adds Integral NAS.) Compellent ditched an arrangement to resell NAS for ONStor in favor of its new approach, and it's not looking back.

In other news, Sanbolic recently introduced a clustered file system for WSS-based apps. (See Sanbolic Improves Clustered NAS.) And at least one other SAN vendor we know is readying a slew of enhancements built on WSS.

There's nothing new about Microsoft's success with WSS. Since its introduction to OEMs late in 2006, WSS R2 has been regularly adopted for its ease of integration with storage networking products, including NAS and iSCSI. (See Microsoft Widens Storage Window, Microsoft Opens iSCSI Window, and Microsoft Boss Eyes Innovation.)

Over the last couple of years, adopters have included Dell, HP, Iomega, Gateway, and others. (See Gateway Servers Provide Solutions.) EMC sells WSS through its EMC Select program. EqualLogic counts WSS as one of its major NAS gateways, and at least one customer says it was a key selling point. (See Tomato Titan Serves NAS With SAN.)

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