EMC To Integrate Windows Server 2003 Storage APIs

The move was unveiled by EMC President and CEO Joe Tucci and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday at the EMC Technology Summit, held here this week.

Among the APIs are those for Virtual Disk Service, which gives Windows its first native LUN masking capability; Volume ShadowCopy Service, which allows the integration of point-in-time copy capabilities between the operating system and applications; and Multi-path I/O, which allows fail over and load balancing for 32 data paths.

Microsoft unveiled the storage APIs for its Windows Server 2003 operating system last Thursday.

CRN first reported on Microsoft's moves to beef up the storage capabilities of Windows Server 2003, then known as Windows .Net, last April.

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The new APIs are the first industry-standard storage APIs to be included in an operating system, said Chuck Hollis, vice president of platforms marketing at EMC.

By integrating the Microsoft storage APIs into EMC's storage management software, customers get a standard way to manage these features, Hollis said. "Previously, we used EMC methodology to do such functions," he said. "Now it's off our shoulders."