December 12, 2005
EqualLogic announced that its PS Series family of storage arrays supports the new Storage Manager for SANs in Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 R2. The move is the most recent development in EqualLogic's ongoing support for Microsoft's Universal Distributed Storage vision and follows the company's achievement of Microsoft's Simple SAN for Windows Server designation.
Microsoft's Universal Distributed Storage vision offers IT managers a simpler, more cost-effective way to store and protect data throughout Windows environments, and the Simple SAN program is a component of that effort. EqualLogic's PS Series SAN was the first networked storage solution to achieve Microsoft's Simple SAN designation. Now, EqualLogic is on the forefront of support for Windows Server 2003 R2's storage capabilities. The new Storage Manager for SANs simplifies SAN setup and storage resource management tasks in storage arrays that are compatible with Microsoft's Virtual Disk Service (VDS).
"EqualLogic set out to create a networked storage experience for customers that shatters the old paradigm of cost and complexity with a simpler SAN that delivers enterprise-class reliability and intelligent storage management to companies of all sizes," said John Joseph, vice president of marketing for EqualLogic. "We are completely in synch with Microsoft's storage vision, and we continue to deliver practical integration with Windows storage initiatives to our midrange and enterprise customers. More than 90 percent of EqualLogic's 700 customers are using Windows Server 2003. If you are managing a Windows environment and you are considering networked storage, EqualLogic's PS Series is the only SAN you need."
"Large enterprises have long benefited from SAN technologies in which storage is uncoupled from servers and attached to the network, but traditional SANs have been difficult to deploy and maintain," said Jeff Price, senior director in the Windows Server Division at Microsoft. "Microsoft is pleased to continue to work with EqualLogic to provide highly scalable and flexible storage resource allocation, high-efficiency backup solutions and better storage utilization with Windows Server 2003 R2."
Since its founding in 2001, EqualLogic has been at the forefront of iSCSI SAN deployments in Windows environments -- making EqualLogic's Simple SAN designation and Windows Server 2003 R2 integration a straightforward process. EqualLogic's PS Series family is fully compatible with Windows Server platforms and is designed to complement Microsoft's storage technologies such as the Microsoft iSCSI Software Architecture, Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), Multi-Path Input/Output (MPIO), Microsoft Cluster Server and Microsoft Virtual Disk Service (VDS). EqualLogic has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure integration of the PS Series and Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2006 within Windows environments.
"EqualLogic's integration with Microsoft's storage initiatives makes it much easier for us to implement SANs into our clients' Windows environments," said John Dodge, solutions architect at Foedus, a solution provider and EqualLogic partner. "Thanks to EqualLogic's PS Series, you don't have to be a Fortune 100 company to have a sophisticated storage solution anymore. A SAN can be the cornerstone of any business' data center, providing a strong foundation for a rich and stable data environment."
EqualLogic's award-winning and data-center-proven PS Series is the only native iSCSI SAN solution to offer a comprehensive and fully integrated standard feature set at no additional cost. Each PS Series storage array comes with fully redundant fault-tolerant hardware and includes full-featured automatic storage-management software in a self-contained chassis. Multiple arrays can be combined to form a scalable enterprise storage Grid of more than 100TB.
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