Storage Spaces is similar in some key functionality to Windows Home Server Drive Extender technology, it is not a one-for-one replacement, and it is not backward compatible. In order to switch to Storage Spaces, users must create new pools and spaces on new disks and copy data to the pools.
Nagar writes that there are no architectural limits to the number of disks that can comprise a pool, and Microsoft tests pools made up of hundreds of disks as might be found in a corporate data center.
When the Windows 8 beta version is available sometime within the next month or so, it will include a Storage Spaces configuration tool. Those who want to try it out in the currently available developers preview must use PowerShell.
Windows 8 is the next version of the Windows operating system, now due for beta release in February. It's expected to be generally available later next year featuring touch-screen navigation and commands as well as support for tablets. Not all apps that run on Windows 7 will be compatible with the touch-screen capabilities, but mouse and keyboard devices will enable all apps that ran on Windows 7.
The new operating system shoots for power efficiency, better security and compatibility with ARM-based chips (read: tablets and next-generation PCs), all of which could make Windows 8 attractive to businesses.
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