Microsoft Ignite Storage and HA sessions: Come for the swag, stay for the sessions

Hi folks, Ned here again. If you have not heard, Microsoft Ignite is coming. If you’re thinking about joining us or already planning your must-see breakouts, here’s a list of the Windows Server vNext Storage and High Availability sessions presented by Microsoft. Truthbombs will be dropped, smackdown will be laid, surprises will be sprung, and announcements will be… eh… announced.

I’m not kidding about the loot, either. Some lucky individuals attending Storage Replica sessions will get limited edition “Kalamity Jake the Disaster Ape” stickers. Find me on the expo floor for my narrow supplies of impossible-to-get Ninja Cat Unicorn vinyl. And Jose has some of those ever-popular, full-size Windows Server 2012 R2 Private Cloud Storage and Virtualization posters.

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Give your colleagues sticker envy with one of these on your laptop.

But enough about freebies. To the boothmobile!

Enabling New On-premises Scale-Out File Server with Direct-Attached Storage
Claus Joergensen and Michael Gray

Have you ever wanted to build a Scale-Out File Server using shared nothing Direct Attached Storage (DAS) hardware like SATA or NVMe disks? We cover advances in Microsoft Software Defined Storage that enables service providers to build Scale-Out File Servers using Storage Spaces with shared nothing DAS hardware.

Hyper-V Storage Performance with Storage Quality of Service
Jose Barreto and Senthil Rajaram

Windows Server vNext allows you to centrally monitor and manage performance for Hyper-V workloads using Scale-Out File Servers. Learn how to monitor storage performance from a customer, Hyper-V, and storage admin’s viewpoint, then author effective policies to deliver the performance your customers need.

Stretching Failover Clusters and Using Storage Replica in Windows Server vNext
Elden Christensen and Ned Pyle

In this session we discuss the deployment considerations of taking a Windows Server Failover Cluster and stretching across sites to achieve disaster recovery. This session discusses the networking, storage, and quorum model considerations. This session also discusses new enhancements coming in vNext to enable multi-site clusters.

Exploring Storage Replica in Windows Server vNext
Ned Pyle

Delivering business continuity involves more than just high availability, it means disaster preparedness. In this session, we discuss the new Storage Replica feature, including scenarios, architecture, requirements, and demos. Along with our new stretch cluster option, it also covers use of Storage Replica in cluster-to-cluster and non-clustered scenarios. And we have swag!

Deploying Highly Scalable Clusters with Dell Servers and Microsoft Storage
Claus Joergensen, Shai Ofek and SYAMA POLURI

In this session, learn how to deploy and manage highly scalable storage clusters using Microsoft next generation software defined Storage technology and Dell PowerEdge Servers/PowerVault JBODs. Review sizing guidelines, best practice recommendations, with exceptional $/IOPS and $/GB cost efficiency for best-in-class application performance.

Spaces-Based, Software-Defined Storage: Design and Configuration Best Practices
Allen Stewart and Joshua Adams

Going well beyond a feature walkthrough, this session delves into the nuances and complexities of the spaces-based SDS design. Starting with the hardware selection and continuing up the stack, this session empowers you to successfully design, deploy, and configure a storage solution based completely on Windows Server 2012 R2 and proven best practices. Examples galore!

Upgrading your private cloud to Windows Server 2012 R2 and beyond!
Ben Armstrong and Rob Hindman

We are moving fast, and want to help you to keep on top of the latest technology! This session covers the features and capabilities that will enable you to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 and to Windows Server vNext with the least disruption. Understand cluster role migration, cross version live migration, rolling upgrades, and more.

Platform Vision & Strategy (4 of 7): Storage Overview
Jose Barreto

This is the fourth in a series of 5 datacenter platform overview sessions. We will walk through the Microsoft Software Defined Storage journey – what customers are telling us and how cloud cost/scale inflection points have impacted our investment decisions. We'll also explore how you can take advantage of consistent Azure scenarios for your storage options.

Managing and Securing the Fabric with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
John Messec and John Patterson

Learn how to deploy, manage, upgrade, and secure large numbers of Hyper-V hosts and workloads using Virtual Machine Manager. Learn how to use mixed-mode clustering for updates, how to create a guarded fabric and run secure workloads on it, and more. We share operational information, best practices, and step-by-step guidance for some of the new scenarios.

Overview of the Microsoft Cloud Platform System
Vijay Tewari and Wassim Fayed

With the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, we are sharing our cloud design learnings from Azure datacenters, so customers can deploy and operate a cloud solution with Windows Server, Microsoft System Center and the Windows Azure Pack. This solution provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service solutions for enterprises and service providers.

Architectural Deep Dive into the Microsoft Cloud Platform System
James Pinkerton and Spencer Shepler

The Microsoft Cloud Platform System has an automated framework that keeps the entire stamp current from software to firmware to drivers across all Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, Windows Azure Pack, SQL Server and OEM/IHV and prevent disruptions to tenant and management workloads. This session covers the complete architecture for CPS and deployment in your datacenter.

Operating the Microsoft Cloud Platform System
Efi Emmanouil and Justin Incarnato

Come learn about how customers will operate the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS) – the Azure-consistent private cloud solution for enterprise or service provider environments. In this session, we show you the investments we have made to dramatically reduce the total cost of ownership of running the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS).

Cloud Integrated Backup with Microsoft System Center and Azure Backup
Shreesh Dubey

This session will cover 4 topics: Leverage Azure for branch office backup and eliminating tapes for LTR, Backup for PaaS and IaaS workloads running in Azure, heterogeneous support in System Center Data Protection Manager such as protecting Oracle on Linux, SQL on VMware and then the latest features in SCDPM and Azure Backup.

[Ned: this includes Deduplication in Windows Server vNext.]

Update: Oh, and the supar-sekret one that was embargoed until the first day of sessions:

Blobs and Tables: New Azure-Consistent Storage for your Datacenter
Mallikarjun Chadalapaka, Bekim Demiroski

Are you planning to deploy and run modern, cloud-scale applications in your private cloud? Do you know that all VM storage in your private cloud will soon be blob storage-based, while still leveraging the latest Windows Server Software-Defined Storage (SDS) stack? Come learn how to put these versatile storage paradigms to work in your datacenter.

For all Ignite sessions, visit http://ignite.microsoft.com/Sessions

See you in Chicago!

Ned “coat your laptop” Pyle