Windows Storage Server 2008

Hi, my name is Bala Kasiviswanathan, director of Storage Solutions Marketing here at Microsoft, and I’m pleased to announce the release of Windows Storage Server 2008 (WSS08) to our OEM partners. WSS08 is built upon Windows Server 2008 – the industry-leading file services platform. WSS08 includes additional advanced storage capabilities such as file de-duplication and an iSCSI software target for unified file- and block-based storage. We deliver WSS08 through our partners as a storage appliance so that the hardware and software are delivered and supported as a complete solution that is optimized for its storage role. Microsoft customers benefit from enterprise-class storage capabilities without sacrificing the flexibility, reliability and familiarity that they expect from Windows Server. This release is a continuation of Microsoft’s commitment to deliver innovative file and storage solutions to our customers through our partners.

Beginning May 7th, you can learn more with the on-demand TechNet Webcast: “Introducing Windows Storage Server 2008”  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032410705

You may also want to check out the WSS team blog (blogs.technet.com/StorageServer) or our Windows Storage Server website (www.microsoft.com/StorageServer) where you can learn more about the solutions that we offer through our partners.

Our OEM partners will be announcing their Windows Storage Server appliances over the next several weeks. While they are gearing up for release you can learn more about the file services in Windows Server 2008 that WSS08 is built on and get ready for the best storage appliance that we’ve ever delivered!