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, having even a single NVME drive and RDMA networking was gee-wiz. Well, times have changed,… Read more

Windows Work Folders On-Demand file access feature

We’re excited to announce the Windows Work Folders On-Demand file access feature will be available in the Windows 10 version 1803 release! This file access feature enables you to see and access all of your files on Windows 10 when using an enterprise managed file server with Work Folders. You control which files are stored on… Read more

Survey: Storage Replica “Lite”

Hey folks, Ned here again. Are you interested in a reduced cost but reduced functionality version of Storage Replica? We are too. Come take a 2-minute survey: https://aka.ms/srlite1 Ned “this survey promises nothing” Pyle… Read more

Storage Spaces Direct with Samsung Z-SSD™

Hello, Claus here again. Today we are going to take a look at a new device from Samsung, the SZ985, which is marketed as a ultra-low latency NVMe SSD based on Samsung Z-NAND flash memory and a new NVMe controller. It offers ~3GB/s throughput, and random read operations in 20µs with capacities up to 3.2TB… Read more

Object Storage Survey for Windows

Hi folks, Ned here again. We have released a new survey for on-premises object storage on Windows. We want to better understand your specific object storage workloads in the datacenter and design these products to meet your needs. The survey will only take a couple of minutes and is completely anonymous. Click here for survey … Read more

Storage Spaces Direct with Cavium FastLinQ® 41000

Hello, Claus here again. I am very excited about how the RDMA networking landscape is evolving. We took RDMA mainstream in Windows Server 2012 when we introduced SMB Direct and even more so in Windows Server 2016 where Storage Spaces Direct is leveraging SMB Direct for east-west traffic. More partners than ever offer RDMA enabled… Read more

Understanding SSD endurance: drive writes per day (DWPD), terabytes written (TBW), and the minimum recommended for Storage Spaces Direct

Hi! I’m Cosmos. Follow me on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Background Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 features a built-in, persistent, read and write cache to maximize storage performance. You can read all about it at Understanding the cache in Storage Spaces Direct. In all-flash deployments, NVMe drives typically cache for SATA/SAS SSDs; in hybrid deployments,… Read more

Windows Server 2016 NTFS sparse file/Data Deduplication users: please install KB4025334

Please note: all updates to Windows Server 2016 are cumulative, so any current or future KB will the fixes described in this blog post. Microsoft always recommends taking the latest KB. Hi folks, KB4025334 prevents a critical data corruption issue with NTFS sparse files in Windows Server 2016. This helps avoid data corruptions that may… Read more

Storage Spaces Direct on Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

Hello, Claus here again. As you have probably noticed by now, we have a great ongoing collaboration with Intel. In this blog post we are going to look at Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct on Intel’s latest and greatest hardware, which includes a new processor family, Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors, an iWARP RDMA network… Read more