Microsoft Releases Storage Software, Buys Storage Security Company

Microsoft announced new Multipath I/O technology, which the company will include in future versions of Windows and many storage vendors will support. Multipath I/O enables systems to access storage systems through multiple paths, such as multiple Fibre Channel connections. Multipath I/O will let storage vendors use Windows to deliver solutions with fault tolerance and load balancing. EMC currently makes a similar product called PowerPath.

Microsoft will support the technology in Windows 2000 Server and the upcoming Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003. The following companies will also support Multipath I/O: 3PARdata, Agilent Technologies, Egenera, EMC, Emulex, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hitachi, LSI Logic Storage Systems, Maranti Networks, NEC, Network Appliance (NetApp), oPoet, PolyServe, QLogic, Rhapsody Networks, Seagate Technology, Stratus Technologies Bermuda, Unisys, VERITAS Software, Vicom Systems, and XIOtech.

Microsoft also announced the acquisition of XDegrees, a security software developer. The Mountain View, California, company develops products to secure data access across computer and storage systems installed in large companies. Microsoft plans to use XDegrees' technology in future file systems to help strengthen Windows' support for advanced data storage.

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