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Western Digital Strikes OEM Deal with Microsoft, To Offer Server Storage Solutions

Digital Storage hardware maker Western Digital (WD) has joined forces with the software juggernaut Microsoft Corporation under an OEM software agreement.

Under this new pact, Western Digital will include the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials operating software platform to its inventory, the company announced.

According to industry experts, the move will eventually assist WD to integrate its existing as well as future storage technologies with the Microsoft’s OS offerings to facilitate small and medium businesses (SMB) with a better and more efficient storage solution.

"With this, WD will offer storage solutions for small business that provides centralized, online shared storage capable of meeting the storage requirements of the small business owners in today's fast paced business environment," WD SMB branded products Marketing VP Thomas Gallivan said in a statement, CBR Online reports (opens in new tab).

Meanwhile, according to the Windows maker’s OEM Division Worldwide Marketing VP Nick Parker, small and medium businesses are going to find immense efficiency and great productivity in this latest joint venture between the two companies which will combine the bests of WD’s hardware solutions and Microsoft’s newly released Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials solution.

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