Storage management is complex, we all know it. For many people, even the simplest opeartions in a SAN look like black magic. It's no wonder why - if you want to, say, create a brand new 5 TB file share using your brand new your SAN box: you need to create a new LUN in your SAN, mounting it on a machine, initialize the disk, create partitions, assigning drive letters, create the file shares and assign proper permissions, etc.
The new Windows product launched today solves this problem. WUDSS offers simple, easy-to use wizards, for the complex operations above, plus of course, the famous Finish button. It's that simple!
And, yes, as you could guess, the main theme is simplifying and integrating all storage management scenarios (at least for file servers) in a single management UI:
- A new out-of-the-box experience (OOBE) that allows you to "initialize" your brand new shiny storage box with a few mouse clicks.
- Combined file, print and block-level storage services in a single management interface
- Easy remote management through a single HTTP URL
- New cluster configuration wizard that vastly simplifies provisioning and creation of shared disk resources.
The product will ship on Dell's new PowerVault NX 1950 hardware initially, and other OEMs will incorporate it in other NAS boxes.
P.S. WUDSS stands for Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 - a long name, in our established Microsoft tradition :-)