Maxtor dumps FreeBSD for Windows

Maxtor Corp. will drop the operating system FreeBSD in Maxtor's new MaxAttach 4100 storage system and use Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 instead, according to a joint company announcement Monday.

Maxtor moved from open-source FreeBSD Unix to Microsoft's operating system in its network-attached storage device in order to improve interoperability and manageability, said Steve Wilkins, director of product marketing for Maxtor network systems group. "Around 80 percent of our environments have NT in their environment," he said. "Instead of having to emulate a Windows environment, it actually is a Windows environment."

It also cut down on programming costs, he said. "With the FreeBSD, we had to do most of the programming ourselves. With Windows we could focus on what we do best, the edge, and leave the core of the operating system alone."

Maxtor's MaxAttach NAS 4100 file server is available in 160G-byte and 320G-byte configurations from resellers including Bell Microproducts Inc., Ingram Micro Inc. and Tech Data Corp., at suggested pricing starting at US$3,299. The server uses Gigabit Ethernet and includes a SCSI (small computer systems interface) port for local backup to tape drives and libraries as well as dual 10/100 Ethernet ports.

The network-attached storage file server is compatible with storage management and data backup tools from vendors such as Veritas Software Corp., Legato Systems Inc. and Computer Associates International Inc., and enables centralized management through device-management tools such as HP Open View. The NAS file server integrates with directory services, including Microsoft Active Directory Service.

Maxtor, in Milpitas, California, can be contacted at +1-408-432-1700, or online at http://www.maxtor.com/.

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