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DataON MUST - Visibility and Management for Windows Server 2016


Microsoft’s vision of a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) with Windows Server 2016 requires a new level of infrastructure visibility and management for hyper-converged systems, virtualization, networking, and storage. This is why we developed MUST (Management Utility Software Tool).




Based on the Windows Storage Management API (SM-API), Must is a stand-alone management framework that provides:

  • Complete integration with Microsoft Storage Health Services for Windows Server 2016.
  • Dashboard level metrics:
    • Cluster and nodes with insights such as IOPS, latency, capacity, and more.
    • Metrics can also be aggregated across machines with built-in logic.
    • Single API query for single and all node level metrics.
  • Systems alerts based on Health Services faults:
    • Multiple distinct scenarios including hardware failure, misconfiguration, and resource saturation.
    • Provides multi-level assessment with specific locations, fault description, and recovery actions.
    • Built-in root-cause analysis and high-level fault monitoring.
  • Listener and call home service support with future cloud integration:
    • Automated email alerts to administrators based on fault setting and severity level.
    • Disk replacement services based on categorization.
  • OOBE (Out-of-Box Experience) wizard:
    • Cluster configuration and setup.
    • User account aggregation, domain creation, and others.
    • Performance turning engine for optimizing S2D cluster performance.

MUST provides infrastructure visibility and management for Microsoft’s new suite of software defined storage stack technologies like Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Storage Replica, and Storage quality of service (QoS) which, based on your policy, monitors hardware and software storage infrastructure to identify potential problems. Using an event-driven model for rapid detection with minimal overhead, MUST also provides on-demand access to curated collections of hyper-converged clusters, storage performance, and capacity metrics. The MUST dashboard display is designed to efficiently and dynamically connect the dots to help provide root cause analysis.

Windows Server 2016 Hyper-converged Cluster Platform Systems and Storage Monitoring

The MUST management framework is designed to support Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct in a hyper-converged infrastruc¬ture. It is built to provide multiple tiers of storage visibility and monitoring.

  • SDDC & Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Tier: With the initial focus on storage monitoring and visibility, MUST provides system level information for performance, capacity, hardware inventory and faults/alerts. MUST gives you a dashboard level view of your operational visibility, analytics, infrastructure health management, storage systems metrics and event logging insights.
  • Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliance/Node Tier: At the hyper-converged cluster appliance (HCCA) node level, MUST provides pool, volume and device level performance, health and operational analytics for HCCA clusters. This enables you to provide proactive systems maintenance and understand requirements for workload migrations.
  • Systems and Storage Services Audit Log Tier: At the systems and storage services audit level we provide the detailed logging level visibility for events to perform root cause analysis and export analytics source data.
  • SAN-like Call Home Service Support: Windows administrators can now have automated email alerts sent to key contacts based on the Health Service faults in Windows Server 2016. You can also leverage SNMP traps for 3rd party monitoring including disk and hardware replacement.



  • Full Integration with Window SM- API
  • Dashboard Level Metrics
  • System Alerts based on Health Service Faults
  • Automated Email Services for Administrators
  • OOBE Wizard for cluster configuration and setups
  • Mobile Friendly User Interface






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View the Case Study: why EVGA choose DataON


EVGA® understand the importance of working with industry leaders such as Microsoft, Intel, and DataON. DataON™ provides a Windows Server 2016 certified Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliance (HCCA) platform with high performance Intel® NVMe SSD to meet EVGA’s need:

  • DataON’s S2D-3000 HCCA platform provides a high availability, easy to deploy system, certified for Windows Server 2016, reducing deployment time and configuration.
  • Windows Server 2016 with Software Defined Storage (SDS) delivers feature rich cloud-scale storage and economic built on industry standard hardware, reducing EVGA® dependence on VMWare.
  • With Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on Windows Server 2016, EVGA® can build highly available and scalable HA storage cluster systems using local storage, allowing for the retirement of their SAN.
  • Intel’s latest enterprise NVMe SSD offering empowers high IO performance for EVGA’s IOP intensive enterprise applications.




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