Wednesday, April 19, 2006

WinTarget Alternative

Yesterday, I received a query for alternatives to WinTarget product. Just to recap, WinTarget was an iSCSI target software for Windows platform developed by String Bean Software, acquired by Microsoft (See Who will be next?).

The request reminded me of an email, I received from a competitor, soon after WinTarget acquisition by Microsoft. In general, such communications after an M&A event target customers and partners to create FUD aka fear to make them switch. I wonder do these fear based communications after an M&A really work! I usually ignore such messages.

But this specific email was polite and not based on fear. I think it deserves a mention here to help people searching for alternatives to WinTarget.
Subject: Rocket Division Software cooperation offer.
From: "Artem A. Berman"
Date: Fri, Mar 10, 2006 6:25 am


We've noticed that your company is mentioned on String Bean Software site as their partner. After acquisition of SBS by Microsoft and with WinTarget leaving the market we thought it would be ethical to contact you and propose the cooperation

Rocket Division Software is iSCSI and AoE software storage solutions vendor. We would be happy to provide you with complete information about our company and software we offer per your request.

We're looking forward to do mutually beneficial business with you. Thank you for taking the time reading this message.

Artem A. Berman

I don't know the product, the organization or the people behind the organization, so I can't vouch for these guys. As always, please do your own due diligence.

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