Designing Software-Defined Storage for Windows Server

Software-Defined Storage Design Calculator (Excel, current version 1.0, does not support Windows Server 2016 yet):

windows server storage calculator quick:

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New published guide on TechNet:

Software-Defined Storage Design Considerations Guide

Who is this guide intended for? Information technology (IT) professionals within small, medium, and large organizations who are responsible for designing a storage solution that supports virtualized or other workloads.

How can this guide help you? You can use this guide and the Software-Defined Storage Design Calculator spreadsheet to design a storage solution that uses the Storage Spaces and Scale-Out File Server functionality of Windows Server 2012 R2 along with cost-effective servers and shared serial-attached SCSI (SAS) storage enclosures.

Storage Spaces is a software-defined storage technology that enables you to virtualize storage by grouping SSDs and hard disks into storage pools and then creating high-performance and resilient virtual disks, called storage spaces, from available capacity in the pools. You can then place Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) and file shares on these virtual disks, which in turn host data for your workloads

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