Microsoft takes the wraps off Storage Server 'Breckenridge'

Microsoft takes the wraps off Storage Server 'Breckenridge'

Summary: On November 8, Microsoft took the wraps off a new version of Windows Storage Server, which is the product codenamed "Breckenridge."

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On November 8, Microsoft took the wraps off a new version of Windows Storage Server, which seems to be is the product codenamed "Breckenridge."

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, like its Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 sibling, is a platform for network-attached storage appliances. The difference is Storage Server Essentials is aimed at small businesses (up to 25 users) -- companies which may or may not have dedicated IT pros on staff.

From a new blog post on the Windows Storage Server blog:

"Configuring Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is easy: remove from box, connect to network, power up and access the device from a browser to configure it. The management dashboard makes it simple to manage, maintain and monitor the health of the Windows Storage Server Essentials device, and client computers."

Breckenridge is one of a handful of new home/small-business server products in the "Colorado" codename family. It "shares common features and usability" with both Windows Home Server "Vail" and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials ("Aurora").

Among the type of tasks for which Storage Server Essentials is well suited, the Softies said, are:

•Server and PC backup, including file, folder and image based restore •Centralized storage for file data and easier sharing •Console driven administration for easier management •Access to your data from virtually anywhere through Remote Web Access •Network health monitoring for both Windows and Mac PC’s •Active Directory Domain join

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials -- like the Storage Server 2008 R2 Workgroup, Standard and Enterprise SKUs -- will be available through hardware partners only, according to Microsoft.

There's no word on the Microsoft blogs as to when Microsoft will be conducting beta tests of Storage Server  2008 R2 Essentials. Final release is slated for first half of 2011.

(Thanks to Guy Gregory for the heads-up on the Storage Server Essentials information today.)

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Servers, Software, Storage

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  • RE: Microsoft takes the wraps off Storage Server 'Breckenridge'

    There is a Golf Course called that, fitting for a MS product, just look in the sand trap to see how it's doing.
    james347
  • Late in the game, again.

    The NAS appliance market is already mature. Arriving too late in the game to be a major player seems to be the new paradigm at Microsoft.
    jasonp@...
    • Not at all. I would say they are early, this time

      did you not notice the line "home/small-business server".

      How many homes and small business do you see running the expensive solutions currently on the market.

      A native Windows plug and play product is a much better, and manageable solution.
      :|
      Tim Cook
    • As are you

      @jasonp@...: [i]Late in the game, again.[/i]

      Your anti-Microsoft rants are nothing new.
      ye
    • RE: Microsoft takes the wraps off Storage Server 'Breckenridge'

      @jasonp@... "The difference is Storage Server Essentials is aimed at small businesses (up to 25 users)."

      Does that sound like NAS appliance market?
      spivonious
  • RE: Microsoft takes the wraps off Storage Server 'Breckenridge'

    As we contemplate The "Don't Call Me Myra" Breckenridge, we realize that there is at least one brave soul who goes home after a long day of naming Windows products and we pray that he or she can switch off work mode and ask for gravy instead of "Microsoft Pulverized and Emulsified Tuber Essentials 2010."
    DannyO_0x98
  • RE: Microsoft takes the wraps off Storage Server 'Breckenridge'

    Once again the Software vendors are in bed with the Hardware vendors. My organization doesn't have extra funds for new equipment available...AT ALL! PLUS, I don't need MORE equipment! I've already got two extra servers that would best be suited if converted to NAS's, thus the Micro$oft decision to make this OEM only will push me into 3rd party software like StarWind or the Linux/Open Source market afterall. I would spend the little available money to buy Microsoft Storage Server 08, but instead it looks like they won't get a penny from me/us...the migration (escape) continues.
    pkutschera
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