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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 …

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User limited?

For a storage appliance? That's the Windows effect for you *giggle*

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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.

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Get real?

Not really a problem, just get a Linux based NAS like a ReadyNAS and be happy... Oh Wait!

http://tinyurl.com/5v6a6sj

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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