Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Mar 2007 11:08 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows As momentum grows around its new Windows Home Server line, which is due for release towards the end of this year, Microsoft is looking to keep the love flowing with its hardware partners, software developers and end users alike. Joel Sider, Senior Program Manager for Windows Home Server, told APC that the company intends to release a software development kit for the platform early next month.
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RE[3]: Am I missing something?
by Luminair on Fri 30th Mar 2007 20:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Am I missing something?"
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there are plenty of those small servers already.

There is nothing quite like WHS out there, and you shouldn't be saying otherwise unless you know for sure. I was interested in a home file server a few months ago, and since then I've trialed WHS beta 2, Longhorn Server beta 1, FreeNAS, Openfiler, OpenSolaris, and Suse 10.1. WHS is unique among the rest because of the GUI and tightly integrated features. Solaris is unique because of ZFS. And if you're curious, proprietary lightweight NAS solutions like those from Buffalo aren't very good competitors to some of these heavyweight solutions. Both in price and features.

The technology in WHS is not especially innovative or compelling. It has a cluster-based drive backup system. It has a single instance storage system to avoid file duplication. It spans drives to provide a single virtual file system. And it provides fault tolerance by simply mirroring data across two drives when you explicitly tell it to.

The storage solution isn't high-brow compared to RAID like they would have you to believe -- not only is the redundant data less space-efficient than RAID5, but you also don't get the read performance boost of a striped system. And neither system is as good as ZFS RAID-Z.

But it comes down to the overall competition, not just the technical one. And on that front the open source solutions just don't have their heads screwed on straight enough to beat WHS.

Re: computers in the home
That wasn't IBM, that was DEC's cofounder Ken Olsen.

Says who? You would be wrong to think that only one person in the 70s believed computers had no place in the home.

Edited 2007-03-30 20:46

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