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The new HCI industry record: 13.7 million IOPS with Windows Server 2019 and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory

Written by Cosmos Darwin, Senior PM on the Core OS team at Microsoft. Follow him on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Hyper-converged infrastructure is an important shift in datacenter technology. By moving away from proprietary storage arrays to an architecture built on industry-standard ... continue reading
Hyper-converged infrastructure in Windows Server 2019 – the countdown clock starts now!

Hyper-converged infrastructure in Windows Server 2019 – the countdown clock starts now!

This post was written by Cosmos Darwin, Sr PM on the Core OS team at Microsoft. Follow him @cosmosdarwin on Twitter. Today is an exciting day: Windows Server 2019 is now generally available! Windows Server 2019 is the second major ... continue reading
Here’s what you missed – Five big announcements for Storage Spaces Direct from the Windows Server Summit

Here’s what you missed – Five big announcements for Storage Spaces Direct from the Windows Server Summit

This post was authored by Cosmos Darwin, PM on the Windows Server team at Microsoft. Follow him @cosmosdarwin on Twitter. Yesterday we held the first Windows Server Summit, an online event all about modernizing your infrastructure and applications with Windows ... continue reading
Storage Spaces Direct: 10,000 clusters and counting!

Storage Spaces Direct: 10,000 clusters and counting!

It’s been 18 months since we announced general availability of Windows Server 2016, the first release to include Storage Spaces Direct, software-defined storage for the modern hyper-converged datacenter. Today, we’re pleased to share an update on Storage Spaces Direct adoption ... continue reading
The built-in, persistent, read and write cache in Storage Spaces Direct.

Understanding SSD endurance: drive writes per day (DWPD), terabytes written (TBW), and the minimum recommended for Storage Spaces Direct

Hi! I’m Cosmos. Follow me on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Background Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 features a built-in, persistent, read and write cache to maximize storage performance. You can read all about it at Understanding the cache in Storage ... continue reading
Design Considerations for Storage Spaces Direct

Design Considerations for Storage Spaces Direct

Join Elden Christensen, Principal PM Manager in the High Availability & Storage team, to learn about the key design considerations for deploying Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016, including choosing drives and volume resiliency types. To learn more, check ... continue reading
Virtual Machine Load Balancing in Windows Server 2016

Virtual Machine Load Balancing in Windows Server 2016

Join Elden Christensen, Principal PM Manager in the High Availability & Storage team, for an overview and demo of VM (Virtual Machine) Load Balancing, an exciting new feature built right into Windows Server 2016. VM Load Balancing analyzes the compute ... continue reading
Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 - Part 4: Location, Description

Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 – Part 4: Location, Description

Rack outage? Storage Spaces Direct doesn't sweat it. Find out how. Failover Clustering enables multiple servers to work together to provide high availability – or put another way, to provide node fault tolerance. But today's businesses demand ever-greater availability from ... continue reading
Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 - Part 3: Using XML

Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 – Part 3: Using XML

Rack outage? Storage Spaces Direct doesn't sweat it. Find out how. Failover Clustering enables multiple servers to work together to provide high availability – or put another way, to provide node fault tolerance. But today's businesses demand ever-greater availability from ... continue reading
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