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Unleashing the full potential of your Windows Server 2012 R2 storage investment

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Unleashing the full potential of your Windows Server 2012 R2 storage investment

Unleashing the full potential of your Windows Server 2012 R2 storage investment

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  • 1. Event Title Unleashing the full potential of your Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Investment John Savill john@savilltech.com 1
  • 2. Event Title Agenda  Shift in how we think of Windows as a storage platform  New ways to manage direct attached storage with Storage Spaces  Enhancing storage with other capabilities  Maximizing SAN and NAS investments
  • 3. Event Title How do you think of Windows as a storage platform? 3
  • 4. Event Title Where Windows really is today as a storage platform 4 Cluster SMB NFS iSCSI Work Folders
  • 5. Event Title Changes in Storage Approach 5
  • 6. Event Title Direct Attached Storage  Look familiar? 6
  • 7. Event Title Storage Spaces  Available in Server and Client OS  Can be clustered via external storage enclosure connected via Shared SAS 7 Storage Space Storage Pool Virtual Disks 200GB SSD 200GB SSD 500GB 500GB 1TB 300GB Mirror Fixed 10TB Parity Thin SSD WBC
  • 8. Event Title Gone in 8 seconds….  NTFS volumes sometimes experience logical corruption and disks have physical problems  CHKDSK is used to find and fix these issues  Prior to Windows Server 2012 CHKDSK performed the search and fix at the same time taking the volume offline for hours even days  Windows Server 2012 breaks this into two phases 8
  • 9. Event Title Maximizing Space  Data deduplication optional role  Block-level deduplication which finds duplicate chunks and uses reparse pointers  Scan is performed at set times and/or as low priority background task  Windows 2012 R2 introduces support for Hyper-V VDI deployments  Consider the combination of deduplication and tiered Storage Space 9
  • 10. Event Title File Server Resource Manager  Quotas have long been a part of Windows but were at a disk level based on logical data size per user  FSRM brings:  Quotas based on physical size applied at folders allowing quota to be shared  File screening controlling how space is used  Reports to identify how storage is being used  Actions can be triggered based thresholds and events 10
  • 11. Event Title Classification and DLP  Most organizations ARE their data  Data needs to be secured without relying on users to make the right decision  Volume level encryption using BitLocker (also support on CSV)  Data can be classified to have actions automatically performed, e.g. RMS  Automatic classification possible using FCI 11
  • 12. Event Title Leveraging SAN and NAS  Traditional storage operations such as bulk move and copy actions use significant resource on the host  Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) uses a series of tokens that represent data on the SAN and the host performs actions via the tokens enabling the SAN to directly perform I/O  SMI-S used for management and SMI-S native to 2012 R2 12
  • 13. Event Title Closing Thoughts  Windows Server offers a powerful storage solution using the features discussed  Many organizations utilize Windows file clusters in front of an existing SAN to make the storage more widely available  Hybrid environments can simplify management through use of SMI-S  Don’t forget about backing up and monitoring your storage! 13

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