Coming Soon: GET:IT Endpoint Management 1-Day Conference on September 28th at 9:30 AM ET Coming Soon: GET:IT Endpoint Management 1-Day Conference on September 28th at 9:30 AM ET
Amazon Web Services|Cloud Computing

Amazon Walks Into Microsoft's Backyard with FSx for Windows File Server

This week in Las Vegas, Amazon is hosting its Re:Invent conference where the company announces new features for its cloud platform and other enterprise services. Unveiled at during today’s keynote, is a new Windows File server that has Microsoft directly in its crosshairs.

For companies who are running Windows applications in the cloud, they typically need a network-based file storage that is fully compatible with both their applications and their Windows environments. Not a shocking revelation by any means but up until this point, if this was a critical requirement for your operations, you were likely looking at Azure as your cloud provider.

Amazon is hoping that changes with its new FSx for Windows File server which the company says is fast, fully managed, and of course secure. The idea is to make it significantly easier to lift-and-shift your workloads to AWS and the company is betting that by targeting Windows File Server users, they can steal a bit of thunder from Microsoft’s Azure pitch.

Sponsored Content

Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management

Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.

The company says that their native Windows file system is backed by the fully-managed Windows file servers, and can be accessed server message block (SMB) protocol. File systems can be as big as 64 TB, and can deliver up to 2,048 MB/second of throughput.

As expected, Amazon wasn’t holding back from showing that it is the true cloud leader in Microsoft’s own domain. They claim that they have 57% of the market with Microsoft coming in at second at 30% for Public Cloud IaaS running Windows; the company didn’t even list Google for this metric.

Amazon is not holding back when it comes to its aggressive cloud development and deployments. With the company walking into Microsoft’s backyard with FSx, I’ll be curious to see how Redmond responds.

BECOME A PETRI MEMBER:

Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Sign up for a Petri Account

Register
Comments (1)

One response to “Amazon Walks Into Microsoft’s Backyard with FSx for Windows File Server”

Leave a Reply

Brad Sams has more than a decade of writing and publishing experience under his belt including helping to establish new and seasoned publications From breaking news about upcoming Microsoft products to telling the story of how a billion dollar brand was birthed in his book, Beneath a Surface, Brad is a well-rounded journalist who has established himself as a trusted name in the industry.
Live Webinar: Active Directory Security: What Needs Immediate Priority!Live on Tuesday, October 12th at 1 PM ET

Attacks on Active Directory are at an all-time high. Companies that are not taking heed are being punished, both monetarily and with loss of production.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to prioritize vulnerability management
  • What attackers are leveraging to breach organizations
  • Where Active Directory security needs immediate attention
  • Overall strategy to secure your environment and keep it secured

Sponsored by: