Storage Space Direct in Server 2016

CougTek

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Storage Space Direct, a much improved version of Storage Space compared to the version in Windows Server 2012. It's Microsoft version of Software Defined Storage.

I'm considering it as an alternative to a SAN for our next architecture. It would allow us to have an all flash storage pool and the maintenance is a lot simpler than with most SAN, especially our main one (a 3PAR StoreServ).

There are many guides online on how to do it. Anyone here has tried it yet?
 

CougTek

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Didn't notice before, but S2D requires Datacenter edition, which drives the price up tremendously with M$ new pricing scheme. S2D therefore is much less appealing than what I thought.

Also, there's no dedup when using ReFS within the VM. No data locality on the nodes either, hence the strong suggestion to use NICs with RoCE or iWarp and DCB-capable switches. Even then, since a lot of data goes thru the network, latency is higher than on a Nutanix cluster.

I'm waiting for a Nutanix proposal next week. Hopefully, the premium won't be too significant. Compared to using Powershell for everything in M$ world, Nutanix's Acropolis with Prism is dead easy to deal with.
 
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