To RDMA, or not to RDMA – that is the question

Hello, Claus here again. By now, you have probably seen some of my blogs and demos on Storage Spaces Direct performance. One of Storage Spaces Direct’s advantages is RDMA networking support that lowers latency and reduces CPU consumption. I often get the question “Is RDMA required for Storage Spaces Direct”. The answer to this question… Read more

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 took these devices for a spin in a Storage Spaces Direct configuration, comparing them to the… Read more

Survey: File Server Sizing

Hi folks, To prioritize and plan for investments in vNext experiences for Windows Server, we could use input from you! We would like to understand more about how you are utilizing Windows File Server, especially as it relates to the size of your datasets. This survey should take approximately 2-5 minutes to complete. We appreciate… Read more

Storage Spaces Direct throughput with iWARP

Hello, Claus here again. It has been a while since I last posted here and a few things have changed since last time. Windows Server has been moved into the Windows and Devices Group, we have moved to a new building with a better café, but a worse view 😊. On a personal note, I… Read more

Work Folders for iOS can now upload files!

Work Folders for iOS can now upload files! We are happy to announce, that we’ve just released an update to the Work Folders app on iOS that now allows anyone to upload pictures and documents from other apps, take pictures or even write a simple note – right from within the Work Folders App. We… Read more

Windows Server 2016 Data Deduplication users: please install KB4013429!

Hi folks! Based on several customer bug reports, we have issued a critical fix for Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016 in the most recent Windows update package, KB4013429. This patch fixes an issue where corruptions may appear in files larger than 2.2 TB. While we always recommend keeping your system up-to-date, based on the… Read more

Cluster size recommendations for ReFS and NTFS

Microsoft’s file systems organize storage devices based on cluster size. Also known as the allocation unit size, cluster size represents the smallest amount of disk space that can be allocated to hold a file. Because ReFS and NTFS don’t reference files at a byte granularity, the cluster size is the smallest unit of size that… Read more

Deep Dive: The Storage Pool in Storage Spaces Direct

Hi! I’m Cosmos. Follow me on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Review The storage pool is the collection of physical drives which form the basis of your software-defined storage. Those familiar with Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 or 2012R2 will remember that pools took some managing – you had to create and configure them, and then manage… Read more

Don’t do it: consumer-grade solid-state drives (SSD) in Storage Spaces Direct

// This post was written by Dan Lovinger, Principal Software Engineer. Howdy, In the weeks since the release of Windows Server 2016, the amount of interest we’ve seen in Storage Spaces Direct has been nothing short of spectacular. This interest has translated to many potential customers looking to evaluate Storage Spaces Direct. Windows Server has… Read more

Work Folders for Android can now upload files!

Hi all, I’m Jeff Patterson, Program Manager for Work Folders. We’re excited to announce that we’ve released an updated version of Work Folders for Android to the Google Play Store which enables users to sync files that were created or edited on their Android device. Overview Work Folders is a Windows Server feature since 2012 R2… Read more