The fanbois were ecstatic when M$ brought out a “Home Server”, a lower-priced option for small organizations to use M$’s server products. That was then. Now, M$ has admitted it cannot support the feature bloat of redundancy in JBOD. Meanwhile, GNU/Linux with KISS just keeps on rolling.
“Linux server demand also improved in 3Q10, with revenue growing 32.6% to $2.1 billion when compared with the third quarter of 2009. Linux servers now represent 17.5% of all server revenue, up 2.6 points over 3Q09.” see IDC, and, hey, that’s not counting the servers shipped with no OS on which GNU/Linux is installed later.
For greater clarity, consider this. M$ touted WHS as having JBOD capability with transparent redundancy… GNU/Linux has JBOD now and can do backups, which is better redundancy than having extra copies in the system. KISS here means keeping it simple and modular. Why make a system do two different things at once and fail when you can have two simpler systems take care of everything nicely and reliably? How much money did “partners” waste promoting stuff that scrambles customers’ data? Better not be a “partner” but to work for the customers. The customers will appreciate it. Customers do not want to pay more to get less which is what M$ is giving them.