Hello storage lovers,

I wanted to give you a heads up on a new webcast from IBM and Microsoft coming June 20th.
60 Minutes of Storage Discussion:   Thursday, June 20, 2013   12:00 PM PST  -  Reserve your seat now!   
   
https://webinar.informationweek.com/ibm20130620?keycode=CAA1FC

IBM System x is a great platform for storage and with the introduction of a Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 offering via the IBM® Reseller Option Kit (ROK) program, IBM clients can now get customized unified storage solutions that precisely match their specific needs.

Combined with the IBM System x® servers, powered by the latest Intel® Xeon® processors and pre-installed by an IBM Business Partner, Windows Storage Server delivers enterprise-class storage management technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution.  It is a great choice for businesses regardless of whether they are a first-time user of network-attached storage (NAS) or are deploying advanced storage solutions.

The IBM System x servers and storage devices used in the Windows Storage Server 2012 solutions are industry standard IBM hardware parts and they are easily deployed and configured into all kinds of environments.

IBM System x servers running Windows Storage Server 2012   
IBM System x server and storage devices used in the Windows Storage Server 2012 solutions

IBM System x servers are developed, quality tested, and certified by IBM, the leading vendor in technology patents for 17 years running, and they are backed by IBM's incomparable worldwide service and support. IBM System x servers deliver business value over the long term due to advancements in scalability, reliability, and performance, combined with flexible configuration options, energy efficient components, and robust systems management tools.

Checkout the IBM Redbooks on Windows Storage Server 2012: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedbookAbstracts/tips0946.html

 

By attending this webinar, you will learn about three deployment scenarios for Windows Storage Server 2012 on IBM System x hardware:

  • Branch office file and print server
  • Stand-alone unified storage server
  • Highly available unified NAS gateway

and learn more about key file-server technologies, including:

  • Continuous availability for iSCSI, SMB and NFS
  • SMB Scale-out application storage for Hyper-V VMs and SQL databases
  • Deduplication
  • Storage Spaces
  • Storage Provisioning and Management using Server Manager and PowerShell.


Highly available unified NAS gateway solution

  Highly available iSCSI/NAS gateway solution

Speakers

Joshua Jankowsky
IBM         
North America Storage Product Manager

 IBM Speaker:  Joshua Jankowsky, IBM North America Storage Product Manager

Josh is a Storage Product Manager in the United States, with 15 years of experience with IBM and Lenovo in the commercial computing solutions field. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from North Carolina State University. His areas of expertise include x86 high-volume servers and mid-range storage solutions. He holds several patents and regularly presents to customers on value-added solutions.

 

Scott Johnson   
Microsoft
Program Manager
Windows Storage Server

Microsoft Speaker:  Scott Johnson, Program Manager, Windows Storage Server
Scott has been messing with computers for 33 years, parlaying his favorite hobby into an 18 year long career at Microsoft. Scott has degrees in computer science and business administration from WWU. He is the Program Manager for Windows Storage Server and the Appliance OOBE deployment tools. Scott has worked with OEMs on BIOS, firmware and compatibility issues in the Windows Hardware Quality Labs, designed tools and websites, digital signature infrastructure and crafted logo program requirements for USB, ATA and SCSI storage devices. Scott spent the last 7 years engineering and releasing Microsoft's NAS platforms. He loves gadgets, billiards, wakeboarding and is waiting patiently for the Seattle Supersonics to return to Seattle. Scott has an unbelievably supportive wife at home, two beautiful girls aged 2 and 7, a pair of 17-year-old cats and 14TB of NAS using LSI RAID 5 on Hitachi enterprise drives.
 

    
Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Scott