Windows® Storage Server 2016 is a dedicated file and print server based on Windows Server 2016 that is designed for dependability, seamless integration, and best value in networked storage.
Using the power of Windows Server 2016, Windows Storage Server 2016 helps organizations store and protect valuable end user data. From branch office file serving to full data center integration, Windows Storage Server 2016 is the dependable and scalable choice in storage.
Buffalo TeraStation Firmware OS vs Windows Storage Server
The biggest benefit of having Windows Storage Server OS is seamless and strong integration with a Windows-based environment.
As Windows Storage Server includes the exact same management tools such as Server Manager and PowerShell that come with other Windows Server editions, you will have easy integration with your existing Windows Servers. You can also take advantage of tools like System Center to further automate the management functions.
Windows Server vs Windows Storage Server
Windows Storage Server is an operating System (OS) that uses the power of Windows Server but specializes in file server functions, organizing stores, and protecting valuable end user data.
While having more limited features compared to Windows Server, you will still have the same Windows-based interface, which makes for smooth integration with existing Windows-based platforms. By choosing Windows Storage server, you can lower your initial cost, as there is no need to buy additional Client-Access Licenses (CALs) for each user.
Windows Storage Server is a robust, reliable, and cost-effective solution for your data storage; consolidating multiple file servers onto a single device further reduces server management overhead and associated IT staff costs.
Windows Storage Server: Standard vs Workgroup
Windows Storage Server is sold in two different editions (Workgroup and Standard)
*Available with WS5420RN.
Features of Windows Storage Servers:
- Cost Effective: No CAL Required
It is required to have CALs (Client Access Licenses) for Windows Server, but not for Windows Storage Server OS. This will lower your device installation cost and require no additional costs for adding future users.
- Easy to Manage: Native Integration with the Active Directory Service
Both Linux OS and Windows Storage Server OS support Active Directory integration, but the logic within on how to manage the Active Directory database is slightly different. If you need to manage over hundreds of users, we recommend choosing Windows Storage Server OS for smoother and quicker response.
- Data Quick Recovery: Shadow Copy (Snapshot)
Recovering deleted or corrupted data takes time, but with the Shadow Copy (Snapshot) feature for shared folders, you can restore original files quickly.
The IT Administrator can set up the snapshot schedule and allow end users to recover previous versions of files if necessary.
- Disaster Recovery: DFS Replication/Cloud Backup
Windows Storage Server 2016 allows you to increase data availability and provide disaster recovery by creating multiple copies of data on remote servers or cloud servers over the Internet. With the DFS replication feature, there will be data replication in different or multiple locations, so data will be secure even if the original data server is no longer functional. If you have Microsoft Azure Backup, you can also back up your Windows Storage Server data to it.
- Make Full Use of Your Storage Space: Data Deduplication (Standard Edition WS5420RN Only)
Windows Storage Server 2016 (Standard Edition) helps eliminate data clutter by identifying duplicate chunks in files, then storing one copy and replacing all others with pointers. This feature not only works on duplicate files but can also save space from files that are not identical but share many common patterns and from files that themselves contain many repeated patterns.
Growing data can quickly take up your storage space, which requires more space on your device. By adapting the Deduplication feature, storage space will be optimized and utilized to help you minimize additional storage investment in the long run.
If you use the Deduplication feature, you can make full use of the storage space efficiently. However, if you are required to move the data from WSS NAS box to new NAS box, then the data size will resume its original once. If you do need to make this transfer, it is recommended to prepare enough useable space in your NAS box.
Note: When you migrate deduplicated data from one NAS to another, the data size will resume its original size.
More about our Windows Storage Server products: TeraStation WSS