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Windows Server “8” – Taking Server Application Storage to Windows File Shares

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Whenever I work with the Windows Server “8” storage, I get a huge smile as I think about what customers are going to be able to do and the excellent engineering that went into the features. Whether you’re using a block-based storage area network (SAN) or a file-based solution, we are heavily invested in both types of storage based on your input. In this blog, we are going to focus on our investments in file-based storage. Our teams worked together to innovate up and down the entire storage stack. From the way we flush data, to Storage Spaces, to Resilient File System (ReFS), to improvements in the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol and Cluster Shared Volume (CSV), to the support for SMI-S enabled storage devices, Windows Server “8” fundamentally changes how we think about storage architectures and solutions. It boils down to this – Windows Server “8” minimizes the Capex/Opex of storage– in some cases, dramatically. If you are involved with storage, you need to stop what you are doing and take the time to understand Windows Server “8” storage and rethink how you do things going forward.

In this post, we explore a new scenario enabled by Windows Server “8”: server application storage on file shares. It all started with a simple question, “Why can’t server applications take advantage of our file servers?” That’s when the program managers, developers and testers rolled up their sleeves, and broke the problem down into its parts and designed a comprehensive set of features to make it happen. I encourage you to download the beta and see for yourself.

Claus Joergensen and Jose Barreto, Principal Program Managers in our File Server team, authored this post.

–Cheers! Jeffrey

Background

Since the beginning, the Windows file server has primarily been used for storing end user data. Typical business scenarios are the user home share for non-shared data and team shares for collaboration. The Windows Server “8” file server introduces support for server applications, such as Hyper-V™ and Microsoft SQL Server, that can store live data on Windows file shares. For example, a user can configure a Hyper-V virtual machine with its configuration file, VHD files, and snapshot files stored on a Windows file share. The following screenshot shows a virtual machine configured with its VHD file stored on a Windows file share, with the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path:

To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Windows Server “8” – Taking Server Application Storage to Windows File Shares- Windows Server Division WebLog

  

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