TechEd 2014: File Server Networking for a Private Cloud Storage Infrastructure

Just a reminder that I will be delivering a session at TechEd 2014 in Houston, Texas. Here are the details:


Code   DCIM-B337
Title   File Server Networking for a Private Cloud Storage Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 R2
Date   Tuesday, May 13 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Track   Datacenter and Infrastructure Management
Topic   Windows Server
Abstract   Microsoft has shared the Private Cloud Vision that leverages the storage innovations in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. That vision is implemented as a Software-Defined Storage Architecture that leverages JBODs, Storage Spaces, Cluster Shared Volumes, Scale-Out File Servers and SMB3 file shares. In this session, we introduce those concepts and focus on a key aspect of it: the network that connects the compute nodes (Hyper-V hosts) and the storage nodes (File Servers). After stating the overall goals of network fault tolerance and performance, we describe specific features and capabilities in Windows Server that deliver on them, including NIC Teaming, Failover Cluster Networking, SMB Multichannel and SMB Direct. We close by sharing, as end-to-end examples, the two most common networking configurations for Hyper-V over SMB.


The talk is really about about Networking for the Private Cloud that uses SMB3. This goes from the overall architecture to the individual features (SMB Multichannel, SMB Direct, NIC Teaming) to a few recommended end-to-end configurations. Obviously we’ll also talk about performance and there’s a new focus on troubleshooting of some common networking issues.


If you want to get a taste of a few topics we’ll cover, here are few links to get you warmed up. You should consider this “recommended reading” for those attending the session. 


I look forward to seeing you there and make sure to bring your File Server networking questions.

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