Microsoft Corp has bought the intellectual property rights to the iSCSI target code originally developed by start-up String Bean Software Inc.
The code will allow Microsoft’s to add access to add iSCSI-based block-level data access to Windows Storage Server 2003, the version of Windows that powers NAS boxes sold by OEMs such as Hewlett-Packard Co and IBM Corp.
Some of those NAS boxes – for example those from HP – already support iSCSI. Microsoft said that in those cases the OEMs had sourced their own third-party iSCSI target software.
Microsoft said that customers and partners have been requesting it to add provide its own iSCSI target to ensure seamless integration with Windows storage features, as well as the stability of Microsoft support for the technology.
The String Bean code will make Windows an iSCSI target, or deliverer of block-level data, adding to its existing role as an iSCSI initiator, in which it requests data.