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Single Host Shielded VMs Lab/PoC

Hi, Matthew Walker again. Virtualization and High Availability PFE. Recently I worked with a few of my co-workers to present a lab on building out Shielded VMs and I thought this would be useful for those of you out there ... continue reading

Storage Spaces Direct with Samsung Z-SSD™

Hello, Claus here again. Today we are going to take a look at a new device from Samsung, the SZ985, which is marketed as a ultra-low latency NVMe SSD based on Samsung Z-NAND flash memory and a new NVMe controller ... continue reading

Storage Spaces Direct with Cavium FastLinQ® 41000

Hello, Claus here again. I am very excited about how the RDMA networking landscape is evolving. We took RDMA mainstream in Windows Server 2012 when we introduced SMB Direct and even more so in Windows Server 2016 where Storage Spaces ... continue reading

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

Datacenter efficiency gets easier with new Windows Server Software Defined partner solutions

The island of Bora Bora. The finish line at a marathon. A software defined datacenter. What do they have in common? Being there is easy getting there is the hard part. However in the latter case, at least, you can ... continue reading

New validated Windows Server Software Defined solutions from our partners

We are pleased to announce a new set of validated software-defined datacenter solutions are now available from our Windows Server partners, including DataON, Fujitsu, HPE, Lenovo, QCT, and Supermicro. These hyper-converged solutions make it faster and easier to deploy software-defined ... continue reading

HPE Speaks Out on Hybrid Cloud and Windows Server 2016

Watch this episode to learn about HPE's point of view on Hybrid Cloud and Windows Server 2016 and industry trends in the datacenter. Get insights for types of cloud vs. on premise scenarios that may make sense for your datacenter ... continue reading

Storage Spaces Direct on Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

Hello, Claus here again. As you have probably noticed by now, we have a great ongoing collaboration with Intel. In this blog post we are going to look at Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct on Intel’s latest and greatest ... continue reading

Storage Spaces Direct with Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X

Hello, Claus here again. Today Intel is announcing the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X device family, and of course Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct will support this device. The P4800X device promises better latency and better endurance, so we ... continue reading
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