Microsoft made the announcement to jointly offer the solution with HDS and Mcdata Corp. last week at its Enterprise 2000 Launch which marks the first step of Microsoft's .Net initiative.
TSP solution is a packaged combination of hardware, software, services and support jointly developed by the three companies to deliver services to users of Microsoft Exchange and SQL server applications in the Windows 2000 Advanced Server environment.
Mcdata, a SAN provider will provide its ED-5000 Enterprise Class Director solution while Hitachi provides the storage solution to the package with its Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 system.
"Hitachi Freedom Storage is perfectly suited for use in any solution aimed at high availability and scalability," said Greg Cornfield, vice president and general manager, Hitachi Data Systems Asia Pacific. "Its selection as the storage component for TSP provides outstanding value to customers running two of the world's most important applications for business productivity"
Benchmarked at a minimum of 5,000 users for Exchange with RAID 5 (Redundant Array of Independent Discs) and at least 280 GB of backup capacity per hour for SQL Server, TSP is said to be a pre-tested environment for both scalability and interoperability and is supported by Microsoft's Product Support Services.