Vail, Aurora and Breckenridge are all in the later phase of testing, at this point. Microsoft officials said earlier this fall to expect Aurora and Breckenridge to be released in the first half of 2011.
Microsoft announced its decision to axe the advanced storage system — which provides for storage pooling of multiple hard drives and automated data duplication — via a November 23 post to the Windows Home Server blog. Microsoft attributed the decision to customer and partner test feedback that indicated Drive Extender was not meeting customer needs.
“Customers also told us that they wanted easier access to data stored on Drive Extender drives so they are able to view these files outside of Drive Extender,” according to the blog post.
Read on at Windows Home Server Blog