Storage Spaces Direct Hyperconvergence in Windows Server 2016

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Moderator: Trenton Baker | Microsoft: Matt McSpirit | ClearPointe: Daniel Weissenborn

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Deep Dive into Fine-Tuning and Best Practices for Managing Storage Spaces Direct (S2D). Demand for virtualization and storage continues to advance towards a cloud-consistent Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) architecture and Microsoft is unlocking the value of hyperconvergence with Windows Server 2016 and Storage Spaces Direct (S2D). Prominent architecture advancements to WS2016 Datacenter Edition include an Azure-inspired networking stack, Nano Server and Shielded VMs with storage enhancements; Storage replica, Storage QoS, and Storage Spaces Direct. Windows Server 2016 introduces the distributed file system design known as Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), which expands upon Storage Spaces Shared (WS2012 R2) to encompass support for both SATA / SAS drives, including high-performance NVMe flash devices, that reside internally in each server. Recognizing S2D is a vital cog to the Software Defined Data Center, a holistic approach is needed for success from design to implementation to management. This presentation is designed to give a perspective on Storage Spaces Direct and its impact on your hyperconvered SDDC environment, with commentary directly from Microsoft, a Microsoft TAP partner ClearPointe and Storage Spaces founding partner RAID Inc. Also see best practice high performance NVMe-tuning techniques as seen demonstrated in the Microsoft Ignite booth. In an effort to further prepare for the future of Cloud storage, tune-in for the discussion addressing how management and monitoring tools can translate directly into a model that scales into Azure Stack, and therefore Azure, to create a harmonious hybrid ecosystem that can scale and work together across on premise and cloud environments.

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