Hi Folks –
A few months back, I wrote a blog article on Buffalo’s TeraStation™ 5000 WSS running Windows Storage Server 2012. In this post, I’ll share the perspective of Brian Verenkoff, Director of Product Management at Buffalo, who we recently interviewed about the company’s experience with Windows Storage Server and future plans.
Buffalo focuses on several customer segments and needs:
Our TeraStation 5000 WSS lineup offers dependable and extremely cost-effective hardware coupled with Windows Storage Server, which facilitates integration into networks of any size. We also offer advanced, business-class features:
Our TeraStation network storage solutions running Windows Storage Server feature either the Workgroup Edition or the Standard Edition, the latter of which includes valuable features such as data deduplication and support for an unlimited number of users. In contrast, many of our entry-level competitors offer only the Essentials Edition of Windows Server or the Workgroup Edition of Windows Storage Server, which are limited to 25 and 50 users respectively.
We expected it to be a hit with small and medium-sized businesses—and it was. The familiarity of the Windows Server platform and the ability to run countless third-party applications on it really opens-up an endless number of configurations and use cases.
The larger surprise, however, has been how popular TeraStation WSS appliances running Windows Storage Server have been with large businesses:
A big part of the popularity we’re seeing with customers like these is due to how well Windows Storage Server plays in a large enterprise IT environment—achieved through capabilities such as native support for Active Directory and Group Policy Objects, the ability to run third-party security and network management software, Windows Management Instrumentation, and so on.
Customers appreciate several of the features provided by Windows Storage Server:
We’re in the final stages of refreshing our TeraStation 5000 WSS product line to support Windows Storage Server 2012 R2, with plans to announce formal availability in March 2014. Of all the new features in Windows Storage Server, I believe that Work Folders will be one of the most compelling.
Buffalo is committed to Windows Storage Server, which has delivered lots of successes, small and large. We still sell more storage appliances running Linux, but it’s amazing how much new business has been driven by our ability to also offer Windows Storage Server. Moving forward, Buffalo will expand its TeraStation WSS product line to include new models and configurations, including some with enterprise-class hard drives for enhanced reliability and performance.
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My thanks to Brian for taking the time to share his thoughts with us—and for being such as strong advocate of Windows Storage Server. If you’re interested in a Buffalo TeraStation 5000 WSS, you can check out the company’s offerings here.
Cheers, Scott M. Johnson Senior Program Manager Windows Storage Server @supersquatchy