Today at the Storage Decisions 2003 conference in Chicago, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of Windows Storage Server 2003, a Windows Server 2003-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) file- and print-server solution. Leading storage providers, including Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, HP, Iomega, and NEC, will support Windows Storage 2003 with new hardware. Microsoft says that the product will be available in two editions: Windows Storage 2003 Enterprise Edition, a highly scalable file-storage server designed for datacenters, and Windows Storage 2003 Standard Edition, a dedicated file and print server designed for enterprise departments, branch offices, and small and midsized businesses.
   "IT professionals continue to tell us they need cost-effective storage solutions to help ensure data availability, realize the savings of file-server consolidation, and maintain business continuity," Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Enterprise Storage Division, said. "With enterprise-ready features like Volume Shadow Copy Services, Virtual Disk Service, and failover clustering, Windows Storage Server 2003 meets those critical storage needs, all at a low total cost of ownership."
   Previously known as Windows Powered NAS (WPNAS), Microsoft's storage solution already commands a market-leading 41 percent of the NAS appliance market share. Because they're based on Windows 2003, Windows Storage 2003 products can integrate immediately into today's Windows-based environments and offer familiar tools and interfaces in addition to unique Web-based administration facilities.