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How does Azure Stack HCI fit into Hybrid Cloud Services?

A couple of months ago the Azure team announced a new member of the Azure Stack family called Azure Stack HCI solutions. Azure Stack HCI is a hyper-converged Windows Server 2019 cluster that uses validated hardware to run virtualized workloads ... continue reading
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Controlling write-through behaviors in SMB

Heya folks, Ned here again. In my continuing series on offbeat SMB settings, today I’m going to explain how to control SMB write-through and data consistency in Windows 10 and Windows Server. Background Network protocols like SMB or NFS are ... continue reading
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Azure HC-series Virtual Machines crosses 20,000 cores for HPC workloads

New HPC-targeted cloud virtual machines Azure HC-series Virtual Machines are now generally available in the West US 2 and East US regions. HC-series virtual machines (VMs) are optimized for the most at-scale, computationally intensive HPC applications. For this class of ... continue reading
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HB-series Azure Virtual Machines achieve cloud supercomputing milestone

New HPC-targeted cloud virtual machines are first to scale to 10,000 cores Azure Virtual Machine HB-series are the first on the public cloud to scale a MPI-based high performance computing (HPC) job to 10,000 cores. This level of scaling has ... continue reading

Discrete Device Assignment — Guests and Linux

First published on TECHNET on Nov 24, 2015 In my previous three posts, I outlined a new feature in Windows Server 2016 TP4 called Discrete Device Assignment. This post talks about support for Linux guest VMs, and it’s more of ... continue reading
Discrete Device Assignment -- Description and background

Discrete Device Assignment — Description and background

First published on TECHNET on Nov 19, 2015 With Windows Server 2016, we're introducing a new feature, called Discrete Device Assignment, in Hyper-V.  Users can now take some of the PCI Express devices in their systems and pass them through ... continue reading
Cluster Shared Volume - A Systematic Approach to Finding Bottlenecks

Cluster Shared Volume – A Systematic Approach to Finding Bottlenecks

First published on MSDN on Jul 29, 2015 In this post we will discuss how to find if performance that you observe on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) is what you expect and how to find which layer in your ... continue reading
Chelsio RDMA and Storage Replica Perf on Windows Server 2019 are 💯

Chelsio RDMA and Storage Replica Perf on Windows Server 2019 are 💯

Heya folks, Ned here again. Some recent Windows Server 2019 news you may have missed: Storage Replica performance was greatly increased over our original numbers. I chatted about this at earlier Ignite sessions, but when we finally got to Orlando, ... continue reading
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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
It’s Gone To Plaid: Storage Replica and Chelsio iWARP Performance

It’s Gone To Plaid: Storage Replica and Chelsio iWARP Performance

Hi folks, Ned here again. A few years ago, I demonstrated using Storage Replica as an extreme data mover, not just as a DR solution; copying blocks is a heck of lot more efficient than copying files. At the time, ... continue reading