Windows Server 2016 is bringing the software-defined data center to life for enterprises, managed service providers or others that wants to host their next generation of enterprise applications.
Windows Server 2016
Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)
Storage in a modern enterprise used to consist of traditional Fibre Channel or iSCSI storage arrays with shelves of drives. Windows Server 2016’s new storage enhancements bring revolutionary new features within reach of every organization with its software-defined feature set.
Storage Spaces Direct
Storage Spaces Direct simplifies the deployment and management of software-defined storage systems and unlocks the use of new classes of disk devices, such as SATA SSD and NVMe disk devices, that were previously not possible with clustered Storage Spaces with shared disks. Storage Spaces Direct has two deployment options: hyper-converged and converged.
DataON S2D-3000 Family of Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliances and Storage
Built upon the DataON ClusterBlock Architecture, the S2D-3000 family of hyper-converged cluster appliances (HCCA) provides scale-out and scale-up infrastructure and management services for deploying Microsoft Windows Server 2016. The DataON HCCAs incorporate core software-defined services for compute, networking and storage specified by Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct to build their next generation software-defined data centers (SDDC).
The S2D-3000 family of HCCAs is built and certified by Microsoft to seamlessly deploy with Microsoft Windows Server 2016. It is designed on three core principles of a scale-out hyper-converged cluster, integrated software-defined services and complete visibility and management of the storage infrastructure. It is also comprised of solutions that are performance and I/O optimized, balanced for IOPS, and density, and capacity optimized for the delivery of core Microsoft services and enterprise applications.
The DataON S2D-3000 family of HCCAs is built to optimize the full stack of Microsoft S2D in a hyper-converged platform. From scale-out file server (SoFS) and software storage bus to storage and networking hardware, this appliance runs on the Cluster Shared Volumes Resilient file system (ReFS) and uses high-performance NVMe SSDs with SMB3 networking to maximize performance and capacity.
Certified Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) Solutions
Windows Server 2016 offers a range of competitive and differentiated capabilities to enable lower cost, cloud scale Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) scenarios. The goal of the Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) program is to ensure that customers have a seamless deployment and stead-state operational experience on validated hardware.
Three members of the DataON S2D family have been tested and certified to be part of the Microsoft Server Software-Defined (WSSD) program:
These solutions have been designed and validated to deploy a Windows Server 2016 software-defined infrastructure in a way that follows Microsoft requirements and best practices.
Storage Replica is a new feature in Windows Server 2016 with which you can set up storage-agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between clusters or servers for disaster recovery. You also can use it to stretch a failover cluster across sites for high availability.
Block-level replication has never existed in Windows before, though the technology has been around for 20 years. Block-level replication operates at a layer beneath files; it’s a straight copy of each block on a disk, without having to go through a file system or application, making it extremely fast. It’s similar to copying a picture, pixel by pixel. To achieve this flexible, fast replication in the past, you typically spent a great deal of money on a storage array and were forced to use the same vendor’s proprietary software. Many companies have never considered the option because the cost was too high. Now you can do something that previously cost hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars, for the cost of a few Windows Server Datacenter licenses.
DataON CiB and DNS Series for Storage Replica
DataON’s Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) family and DNS family of JBOD enterprise storage enclosures are designed and optimized for Microsoft storage tiering of performance and capacity. They allow you to deploy, scale and expand your storage beyond the server while maximizing your storage density, performance, and power efficiency.
With the launch of Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica, Microsoft worked with DataON to deliver seamless block-level replication with DataON CiBs. Tested by Microsoft for Storage Replica, DataON CiBs provide users a seamless deployment in an all-in-one 2U form factor. In fact, many of the benchmarking tests were conducted with DataON CiB to validate real world deployment in various scenarios. The OOBE (out of box experience) wizard was designed to swiftly initialize configurations, enable user accounts to specify cluster and storage parameters in less than 30 minutes. Native SMB3 (Server Message Block), accelerates I/O delivery, increases throughput, and provides lower latency. Effectively, DataON CiB allows users to deploy Storage Replica with a single appliance.