Storage Vendors Woo SMBs

Microsoft and several leading storage hardware vendors are planning advancements for the company's Windows Storage Server, all in the name of helping small and midsize businesses (SMBs) buttress their infrastructures.

Microsoft Corp. is planning to release next week at the Microsoft Tech Ed conference in San Diego the first feature pack for Windows Storage Server, which includes support for Microsoft's Exchange Server 2003.

The pack will dramatically reduce interoperability and training headaches for SMBs—those that run Windows-centric operations most often, observers said.

For example, the feature pack will enable customers to unify file, print and e-mail servers by storing Exchange data on NAS (network-attached storage) devices, said officials in Redmond, Wash. It is designed for deployments of fewer than 1,500 e-mail boxes.

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