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Dell, Microsoft Partner on NAS Solutions

Network Attached Storage (NAS) has been touted an ideal storage system for NT/2000 administrators since it scales quickly with a minimum of fuss. Today Microsoft Corp. and Dell Computer Corp. announced a partnership to develop NAS products.

Dell says that it will base its future NAS devices on Windows 2000, citing easy management and scalable architectures. The PowerVault line will serve files using Windows 2000 as its base.

Neither Microsoft nor Dell announced clear plans for releasing the devices.

NAS devices often use either a proprietary operating system and filesystem, or Linux and NFS (Network Filesystem) to manage the devices. For example NAS leader Network Appliance Corp. has its own operating system and Cobalt, which was recently purchased by Sun Microsystems Inc, uses a version of Linux to handle fileserving duties.Christopher McConnell

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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