Software-Defined Storage Features in Windows Server 2016

Presented by

Anil Desai, Independent IT Consultant, Author

About this talk

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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