In Windows Server 2012 R2 and more recently Windows Server 2016, Microsoft enabled the growth of hyperconvergence for certified partners like DataON Storage that embraced market conditions and had agile storage appliances for the Microsoft-Defined Datacenter.
This release presented a new feature ‘Storage Spaces‘: A software-defined storage file system designed for delivering sophisticated storage virtualization capabilities to empower customers. With Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Microsoft moved integrated storage management to a next high level.
Public Cloud accessible to midsized companies
Growing companies need to reduce costs and increase flexibility at every juncture, leading firms to explore the benefits of the software-defined storage (SDS) approach. But in order to move faster towards cost reduction, the foundational step is to create an infrastructure layer that mirrors what is done in public clouds.
Microsoft seeks brings advanced features to Windows Server 2016 in order to extend software-defined datacenter capabilities, also known as the Microsoft-Defined Datacenter (MDDC). Advances in storage, networking, and compute are all fully integrated into the Windows Server 2016 platform providing the necessary foundation needed to meet high growth business requirements.
Explore the Microsoft solution
XCES collaborates with organizations and Microsoft MVPs that deploy Microsoft Windows Server 2016 such as Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), and AzureStack in conjunction with DataON hardware solutions.
For example XCES partners with Rachfall IT-Solutions for the implementation of DataON S2D Cluster Appliances in combination with Microsoft Server 2016 in Europe. Owner Carsten Rachfall is a Microsoft MVP in the field of Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter Management, who provides additional insights and information about themes, such as : Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct, AzureStack, etc..
New advancements in Windows Server 2016
Next to the new possibilities with Storage Spaces Direct there are quite a few interesting features and advantages that come with the new release of Windows Server 2016, some already present in 2012 but now developed to their fullest potential:
|Multi-Resilient Virtual Disks||Hot and Cold tiering defined by their resiliency setting rather than the media type|
|ReFS Real-Time Tiering||Resilient File System with advanced write cache options|
|Storage Replica||Synchronous replication between clusters or servers for disaster recovery|
|Increased VM Resiliency||Also reacts to intra-cluster communication failures|
|Nano Server||Condensed OS version for optimalized hosting in clouds|
|PowerShell Direct||PowerShell management within the virtual machine|
|Remote Desktop Services||Server-based personal desktops in a cloud computing environment|
|RDMA Teaming||Teaming now available for RDMA interfaces with Hyper-V|
|Software Defined Networking||Central configurationmanagement for (virtual) networking components|
|System Rolling Upgrade||Upgrade to Windows Server 2016 without disrupting Hyper-V or SoFS workloads|
Windows Server 2016 is the basis for a Microsoft-Defined Datacenter, with modern applications as the standard. Storage Spaces Direct offers greatly improved options for SoFS and Hyper-V environments. Windows Server 2016 gives you a true write once, deploy anywhere model offering maximum application flexibility.