SOHO, SOHO, it's off to work we go... Western Digital is using Windows Storage Server to build a small office storage offering. The SMB storage market is set to grow faster than the general IT market and WD wants a piece of that pie. WD will base its SOHO (small office, home office) offering specifically on Microsoft's Windows …
For a storage appliance? That's the Windows effect for you *giggle*
Yeah, that was my immediate first thought. Who are they to say how many people I can have accessing their disks or not?
It's not like they're actually doing anything other than offer disk space over a LAN, and many of their rivals are either open-source or serious kit. A small office isn't going to need more than a couple of disks in an array and if they do their existing servers and/or a cheap box from any network supplier will do it. What exactly does the Windows software offer over and above file access? It's very doubtful that it's worth a per-user-licence.
Not really a problem, just get a Linux based NAS like a ReadyNAS and be happy... Oh Wait!
Did you two realize we are talking about SOHO appliances? Do you really think that vendors will provide enough resources to run more than 25 users anyway?
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