It’s a day late, but here is a little love for all the people in the field that need to solve storage problems. A new whitepaper is now available that will answer a ton of questions about Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 and the new iSCSI Software Target 3.3.
This white paper describes the features and technologies in Windows Storage Server, and how to create secure, extensible, scalable, and highly-available storage solutions, including file services, iSCSI block input/output (I/O), Web services, and print services workloads. This white paper is intended for IT professionals who design, deploy, and operate storage solutions.
My favorite part of this paper are the new SMB testing numbers that have been released that show how our SMB2 protocol can handle many thousands of simultaneous users on a single system. Oh and with SMB 2.1, performance almost doubled on the same hardware just by moving from the Windows Server 2008 codebase to the Windows Server 2008 R2 codebase. The combination of improvements in SMB2.1 and the new networking and storage stacks in 2008 R2 have really made a difference.
Scott M. Johnson