Enterprise IT organizations committed to a Windows Server environment for their private and hybrid cloud deployments will benefit from Microsoft’s Storage Spaces Direct software-defined datacenter (SDDC) technology in Windows Server 2016. To optimize Windows Server 2016 and Storage Spaces Direct performance, manageability, and scalability, DataON is introducing their TracSystem family of purpose-built hyper-converged infrastructure for Storage Spaces Direct deployments. Designed for Windows Server enterprise, private, hybrid and Azure public cloud workloads, the DataON TracSystem Lightening Series of HCI is also certified with Intel Select Program for Windows Server Software-Defined Storage.
DataON and Intel Select Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Maximizes IOPS Performance for Windows Server Software-Defined Storage
TracSystem Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
The TracSystem Lightning series is the first validated Intel Select Solution with Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct. It leverages the Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Family, Intel® Optane™ Technology and NVM Express (NVMe™) to deliver breakthrough performance and incredible responsiveness, with greater VM density.
DataON TracSystem S2D-5224 & Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct Solution with Mellanox Spectrum Switches
DataON TracSystem, certified for Microsoft Windows Server, is a fully integrated and turnkey hyper-converged solution with Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct Powered by the end-to-end Mellanox RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) solution, and all-flash NVMe SSDs, DataON TracSystem achieves exceptional performance of 3M IOPS in a four-node configuration. It also delivers simplicity, scalability, automation and affordability to the vast number of enterprise customers who have made the “Microsoft choice”.
Achieving over 1-Million IOPS from Hyper-V VMs in a
Scale-Out File Server Cluster using Windows Server 2012 R2
This white paper demonstrates the high-performance storage and virtualization capabilities for a Hyper-V virtualized application using the Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) platform on Windows Server 2012 R2. The platform uses industry-standard servers, disks and JBOD enclosures. With the block storage made available through Storage Spaces combined with the Scale-Out File Server in a failover cluster, we can deliver extremely high levels of storage performance and resiliency similar to a traditional SAN using Microsoft Storage Solution and inexpensive shared Direct Attached Storage (DAS).
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions for Windows Server 2016
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is one of the hottest topics in data center architecture today. In the simplest terms, HCI combines computing, storage, and networking components into a single physical instance. HCI evolved into its current form from the blade servers of the last decade, and from the purpose-built data centers developed by hyperscale companies such as Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure. Today, nearly all of the leading information technology (IT) companies develop and sell HCI appliances, with acknowledged leaders including Nutanix, Simplivity, Dell/EMC, HPE, Cisco, Oracle, VMWare, and NetApp.
DataON and Intel Maximize IOPs Performance for Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct
Enterprise IT organizations committed to a Windows* Server environment for their private and hybrid cloud deployments will benefit from Microsoft’s new Storage Spaces Direct* (S2D*) software defined storage (SDS) technology in Windows Server* 2016. To optimize Windows Server 2016 and S2D performance, manageability, and scalability, DataON is introducing their S2D-3000 family of purpose-built hyper-converged storage cluster appliance (HCSA) for S2D deployments. Designed for Windows Server enterprise, private, hybrid and Azure* public cloud workloads, the DataON™ S2D-3000 family is the ideal choice for IT.
Deploying a Windows Server 2016 Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Solution with Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Microsoft released Storage Spaces with Windows Server 2012 as the foundation of a Windows software-defined storage (SDS) stack. DataON is a storage industry veteran and pioneer of cluster-aware storage, delivering certified Windows-based scale-out server (SOFS) platforms and Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) appliances to over five hundred small and enterprise customers.
As the industry transitions to software-defined data centers (SDDC) with Window Server 2016 and infrastructures built on SDS, hyper-converged and Azure stack hybrid cloud, DataON has emerged as the industry-leading provider of hyper-converged cluster appliances (HCCAs) and storage systems optimized for Microsoft® Windows Server environments. DataON has exclusively focused on customers
DataON Optimized for Enterprise Block-Level Replication with Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica (SR)
Data is the lifeblood of any company, which is a key reason why Microsoft is adding significant new capabilities to Windows Server 2016 designed to ensure data availability in a flexible, secure and relatively inexpensive way.
Storage Replica (SR), a new feature in Microsoft Server 2016 Datacenter, provides block-level, synchronous data replication between servers or clusters for disaster avoidance and disaster recovery, as well as the stretching of a failover cluster across sites for high availability.
You can also configure server-to-self replication using separate volumes on one computer. While not appropriate for disaster recovery, this can be a convenient way to provision a copy to a disk that can be taken out and used in another location.
What is Parallel Rebuild / Fast Rebuild?
Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces includes the ability to automatically rebuild storage spaces using free space in a storage pool instead of using hot spares. If a physical disk fails, Storage Spaces will regenerate the data that belongs to the failed physical disk in parallel. During parallel regeneration, a single disk in the pool either serves as a source of data or the target of data; during regeneration, Storage Spaces maximizes peak sequential throughput to complete the regeneration quickly no user action is necessary, as a newly created storage space will use the new policy.
Why Journal Disk for Parity Storage Spaces
Why Windows Server 2012 R2 Parity Storage Spaces Perform Slowly?
The caveat of a parity space is low write performance compared to that of a simple or mirrored storage space, since existing data and parity information must be read and processed before a new write can occur. Parity spaces are an excellent choice for workloads that are almost exclusively read-based, highly sequential, and require resiliency, or workloads that write data in large sequential append blocks (such as bulk backups).