Amazon has had storage choices for Linux file servers for a while, but it surely acknowledges that a variety of firms nonetheless use Home windows file servers, and they aren’t content material to cede that market to Microsoft. At present the corporate introduced Amazon FSx for Home windows File Server to supply a totally appropriate Home windows possibility.
“You get a local Home windows file system backed by fully-managed Home windows file servers, accessible by way of the extensively adopted SMB (Server Message Block) protocol. Constructed on SSD storage, Amazon FSx for Home windows File Server delivers the throughput, IOPS, and constant sub-millisecond efficiency that you simply (and your Home windows functions) anticipate,” AWS’s Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post introducing the brand new function.
Which means if you happen to use this service, you’ve gotten a first-class Home windows system with the entire compatibility with Home windows providers that you’d anticipate, resembling Energetic Listing and Home windows Explorer.
AWS CEO Andy Jassy launched the brand new function in the present day at AWS re:Invent, the corporate’s buyer convention occurring in Las Vegas this week. He stated that despite the fact that Home windows File Server utilization is diminishing as extra IT execs flip to Linux, there are nonetheless a good variety of prospects who need a Home windows-compatible system and so they wished to supply a service for them to maneuver their Home windows information to the cloud.
In fact, it doesn’t harm that it gives a path for Microsoft prospects to make use of AWS as an alternative of turning to Azure for these workloads. Firms endeavor a multi-cloud technique ought to like having a totally appropriate possibility.