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    • Optimizing Storage for Virtualization in Windows Server
      Optimizing Storage for Virtualization in Windows Server Anil Desai, Independent IT Consultant Recorded: Oct 19 2016 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    • 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).

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    • Software-Defined Storage Features in Windows Server 2016
      Software-Defined Storage Features in Windows Server 2016 Anil Desai, Independent IT Consultant, Author Recorded: Sep 20 2016 7:00 pm UTC 58 mins
    • 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.

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    • Storage Management: Windows Server and Microsoft Azure
      Storage Management: Windows Server and Microsoft Azure Anil Desai, Independent IT Consultant / Writer Recorded: Nov 15 2016 6:00 pm UTC 63 mins
    • 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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    • Windows Server Enterprise Storage and Networking Features
      Windows Server Enterprise Storage and Networking Features Anil Desai, Independent IT Consultant Recorded: Dec 9 2014 9:00 pm UTC 47 mins
    • 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

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