Remote Storage System (RSS) was introduced with Windows 2000 Server as a solution to the issue of low disk space.

RSS was designed to help administrators archive or migrate data from servers onto lower-priced disks and tapes to reduce the need for high-cost storage on a file server.

How does the Remote Storage System Work?

Also known as Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM), RSS works on two different components of data storage. The first component is the hard disk and the second one is data that is moved to tape.

The system is designed to move the infrequently-used files onto tape. Users can access these files by clicking on the placeholder left on their system. If users want to access the files that have been transferred to tape, they will be restored and can be viewed in a read-only format.

The system does come with its own set of prerequisites. For instance, the programs that are interacting with the RSS must be aware of the remote storage system that is in place.

In case the systems are not integrated properly, or if they are incompatible, then fetching data from tape can become problematic. This is particularly important for anti-virus and backup software. You can experience long delays in fetching files if your anti-virus does not recognize the remote storage system. Likewise, making data backups can be an issue if the RSS is not recognized.

Current Status of RSS

RSS was available with Windows 2000 server and Windows 2003 server. However, it was discontinued by Windows for subsequent versions of its operating system. Therefore, your stored and backed-up data may be lost if you upgrade your Windows server software.

Cloud Storage

With the cloud data explosion, more and more businesses are looking at cheaper remote storage options. Storing your data on the cloud is not just cost-effective, it is also convenient for IT teams as it does not require implementing extra hardware or maintaining physical tapes and disks. Moreover, cloud storage has become sufficiently secure and reliable to give serious competition to physical remote storage systems maintained by companies or third-party service providers.

Cloud Storage

Remote Storage System is an integral part of Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 server systems but was discontinued for later software releases. Data storage on the cloud is now a feasible option for every business and offers multiple benefits such as anywhere/anytime/any device access.

At CarrierBid we understand that data and storage are critical for your business environment. Your IT teams want to ensure that security is maintained across all aspects of remote data storage. If you want to learn more about how a remote storage system can be beneficial for your business, feel free to contact us directly at You can also share your details in the webform below and our subject matter experts will get in touch with you for a free initial consultation.

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