Virtualization workloads generate many requirements and challenges for IT departments, including high performance, low latency, high-availability and the ability to quickly move and reconfigure workloads based on changing demands. This presentation focuses on best practices for employing a wide array of different storage features in the Windows Server platform. Details range from the SMB 3.x protocol to data-deduplication, clustering, Hyper-V Replica, and many more related features. The presentation will begin with suggestions for determining requirements for different kinds of virtual disks and different business workloads. Based on these requirements, we'll drill-down in to practical advice on how, when, and why these features can help increase service delivery and reduce costs for virtualized environments of all sizes.
Join Anil Desai, independent consultant and author of over 20 technical books around Windows Server platform, virtualization, databases and IT management best practices. He has over 20 years of experience in architecting, implementing, and managing IT software and datacenter solutions. He has worked extensively with IT management, development, and database technology. Anil holds many technical certifications and is a twelve-time Microsoft MVP Award recipient (currently Cloud/Datacenter Management).
Meeting storage-related requirements has been a long-standing challenge for IT organizations, and added workload requirements from cloud- and software-defined architectures can add quickly to the burden. Common goals are to implement solutions that provide high-availability and high performance, with low capital and operational costs. The Windows Server 2016 platform includes a tremendous list of improved and new features that are available "out-of-the-box". That makes the biggest barrier understanding how, when and why you should implement these features.
This presentation will cover a wide array of different features in the Windows Server platform, including Storage Spaces and Storage Spaces Direct; SMB 3.x improvements; storage tiering; Storage QoS; Storage Replica; data de-duplication; and many others. When compared to the costs and administrative complexity of traditional SANs, these tools can provide ready solutions for environments of all sizes and types. The focus will be on technical details about the features and capabilities of the Windows Server platform, and how organizations can make best use of them.
Join Anil Desai, independent consultant with over 20 years of experience in architecting, implementing, and managing IT software and datacenter solutions. He has worked extensively with IT management, development, and database technology. Anil holds many technical certifications and is a twelve-time Microsoft MVP Award recipient (currently Cloud/Datacenter Management).
Anil is the author of over 20 technical books focusing on the Windows Server platform, virtualization, databases, and IT management best practices. He is also a frequent contributor to IT publications and conferences.
Organizations have more options than ever when it comes to deciding how and where to store their data. In an ideal world, low-cost high-speed storage would be nearly infinite. Practicality, however, demands that IT groups determine how best to leverage their own storage (including local, NAS and SAN options), and how cloud storage can fit into the overall architecture.
This presentation will start with recommendations for classifying storage requirements based on various needs, ranging from lower-cost, long-term data archival to highly-available, fault-tolerant, geo-replicated architectures, along with the vast sea of data that's located in between these requirements. The focus will be on the many different ways organizations can leverage existing and new features in the Windows Server platform and the many available storage-related services in the Microsoft Azure cloud.
Also covered will be information about building a private cloud architecture in your own datacenter, using the Microsoft Azure Stack, System Center, and related OS and cloud options.
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IT professionals face many challenges in their struggle to deliver the infrastructure, applications, and services that their organizations need. Common issues include limited budgets, datacenter infrastructure complexity, and technical expertise to support a wide variety of changing goals. The presentation will provide guidance and best practices for data center admins that are looking for cost-effective ways to increase automation, improve hardware resource utilization, and provide HA/DR features without having to make costly investments in third-party products.
This webinar will discuss:
- Features that include support for iSCSI-based SANs, SMB-based virtual disks
- Management UI and automation improvements
- The latest version of Hyper-V
- low-cost high-availability
While few would call the use of cloud-based technologies a "quiet revolution", Microsoft's Windows Azure platform has expanded into a wide range of different services that can be leveraged to reduce costs and increase IT efficiency. The challenge for IT professionals is to arrange the pieces of the puzzle into an optimal arrangement for many different types of workloads. This presentation will focus on practical advice for using SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS approaches to building private, public, and hybrid clouds. It will include examples of applications and workloads that could benefit from the use of cloud technology, and the benefits and drawbacks each approach.Read more >
Many of the technical aspects of cloud-based solutions are a natural progression for those environments that want to expand upon their virtualization deployments. This webinar will provide technical details and best practices for deploying new features in the Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V 3.0 platforms. Topics will include reducing storage costs, implementing high-availability and disaster recovery, and improving automation to reduce data center costs and increase efficiency.Read more >
Significant changes in IT infrastructure approaches are driving data centers towards high levels of efficiency and automation. Virtualization and public/private/hybrid cloud architectures can help reduce costs and simplify administration, but the primary goal for IT organizations is to ensure that the applications and services they deliver meet or exceed their users’ needs. This presentation will provide advice and recommendations that focus on end-to-end monitoring and management of highly virtualized and cloud infrastructure components, including user experience, storage, networking, and hypervisors.Read more >
As virtual machines have become the default method of deploying new applications and services, many organizations have found that they are encountering the problem of VM sprawl, the rapid proliferation of VMs that make management difficult.
In this presentation, you will learn:
- Common causes of VM sprawl and how to address them
- Specific technical administration issues that are unique to virtual machines
- Methods of managing a VM's life cycle, from initial deployment to retirement
- Ways to maintain control of data center resources while also allowing for end-user self-service
- Ways in which automation can help manage the major causes of VM sprawl