Exchange Feature Pack for Windows Storage Server Released

   At TechEd 2004, Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 Feature Pack. The feature pack enables Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices running Windows Storage Server 2003 to store Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 data and log files. The company says the integration of Exchange with Windows Storage Server helps deliver on its promise of integrated innovation. According to Microsoft, the feature pack can increase efficiency and reduce costs by providing storage consolidation of as much as 50 percent through the use of NAS devices. "More than ever, Windows Storage Server can be a great solution for consolidating and upgrading existing storage environments. There is the strong possibility that a customer will be able to reduce the number of servers, decrease TCO, and simplify their backup strategy. This can be a tremendous tool for small or medium businesses supporting up to 1,500 mailboxes," said Marcus Schmidt, senior product manager, Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003.
   The feature pack has garnered wide industry support. Companies that will support the new feature pack include CommVault Systems, Computer Associates International, Dantz Development, Dell, EMC, HP, LEGATO Software, NSI Software, and VERITAS Software.

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