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

  1. 1. Event Title Unleashing the full potential of your Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Investment John Savill john@savilltech.com 1
  2. 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. 3. Event Title How do you think of Windows as a storage platform? 3
  4. 4. Event Title Where Windows really is today as a storage platform 4 Cluster SMB NFS iSCSI Work Folders
  5. 5. Event Title Changes in Storage Approach 5
  6. 6. Event Title Direct Attached Storage  Look familiar? 6
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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