Hi Folks –
I’d like to highlight a new storage paper: Maximizing Storage Efficiency on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Storage Server 2012 R2, which you can download here. This paper highlights storage features that enable you to get more out of your existing storage capacity—and to easily scale that capacity when needed. Here is a brief summary of the topics covered:
For most companies, data volumes are continuing to grow at a rapid pace. Many of those companies are looking for ways to minimize storage-related costs. But where can you get the technologies needed to maximize storage efficiency, how do they work, how are they deployed, and what do they cost?
Windows Server 2012 R2 integrates SAN features with the power and familiarity of Windows Server, enabling you to easily scale up to meet growing storage needs on low-cost, industry-standard hardware. Even better, it provides everything that you need for highly efficient storage that can scale to support the largest workloads. Key technologies that contribute to this capability include:
The paper then dives into each of these technologies in greater detail.
The benefits of using Windows Server 2012 R2 to maximize storage efficiency include:
The technologies for maximizing storage efficiency in Windows Server 2012 R2 are designed to work equally well in your main datacenter or a remote office/branch office (ROBO) scenario. In the ROBO scenario, two additional features built into Windows Server 2012 R2 are often useful: BranchCache, and DFS-Replication. Both of these are discussed in the paper, along with high-level deployment diagrams.
The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) tested the Microsoft Storage Stack against a traditional SAN, concluding that the Microsoft Storage Stack provides comparable performance at a fraction of the cost. The paper contains a summary of these results, and the entire report can be found here.
If you’re not already thinking about adopting a highly efficient storage infrastructure based on industry standard hardware, you may want to consider one. This paper provides a concise overview of how Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 can help you save on storage costs by using the latest Microsoft storage technologies to increase storage efficiency. You’ll not only save on disk space, but you’ll be able to achieve performance similar to a traditional SAN at a fraction of the cost.
The entire Maximizing Storage Efficiency paper can be downloaded here. I encourage you to read the paper and learn how you can use Windows Server to create a lean and mean storage infrastructure!
Cheers, Scott M. Johnson Senior Program Manager Windows Storage Server @supersquatchy