Microsoft inks storage alliance

In an effort to increase the number of Windows-driven storage products, Microsoft Corp. last week announced a licensing agreement with WQuinn Associates to embed the company's StorageCentral SRM software in Microsoft's Server Appliance kits.

The agreement between the two companies will make WQuinn's NAS (network attached storage) tools available to manufacturers such as Dell and Compaq, which will be able to create manageable NAS servers that run Windows 2000, according to Steven Toole, vice president of marketing at WQuinn.

WQuinn's software tools, which Microsoft has been using in-house for its own NAS servers, help network administrators see how storage is being used. The software identifies unneeded files that can be deleted, making room for more critical data by optimizing exiting storage.

This strategy to move Windows onto NAS servers is one of Microsoft's many recent moves to gain acceptance in all areas of enterprise computing networks.

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