Iron Networks shows a complete private cloud pod at MMS 2013 with Windows Server 2012 (Storage Spaces, SMB3, Hyper-V) and System Center 2012 SP1

I was visiting the expo area at MMS 2013 earlier today and saw that Iron Networks was showing a private cloud pod there, complete with a set of well-matched layers of compute, storage and networking.

They were demonstrating several of the latest capabilities in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, including:

  • Shared SAS Storage with Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces, with multiple JBODs and different tiers of storage (SSDs, performance HDDs, capacity HDDs)
  • Windows Server 2012 Scale-Out File Server Clusters using SMB 3.0, including SMB Multichannel and SMB Direct.
  • Dual 10GbE RDMA networks for storage, dual 10GbE networks for tenants. Plus dual 40GbE aggregate switches and a management switch.
  • Cluster-in-a-box solutions implementing several roles, including a Network Virtualization Gateway, System Center 2012 SP1 and File Server Clusters.
  • Dense set of compute nodes running Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts with lots of cores and memory

Here is some additional information from their booth signage:


They had a live system in the booth that was actually used in several demos at MMS 2013, including some of the keynote demos.
I took a picture and put some labels on it. Compare the physical systems below with their diagram above.


Loved this hardware! Makes our software solution really come to life...

Comments (1)

  1. harald says:

    Wow impressive! I will adapt some ideas for our infrastructure.  Different storage tiers e.g!

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