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Storage Spaces Direct - Build your Storage Server more Effectively with Microsoft's Windows S2D

Software Defined Storage (SDS) solutions are constantly growing in popularity in the enterprise sector because they considerably simplify the work with existing storage systems. Anyone operating their data centres with Windows Server 2016 or a later successor version can also fall back on an in-house SDS solution developed by Microsoft.

The name of the server's function is Storage Spaces Direct. By equipping Windows storage servers with this software-defined storage solution, companies are able to use their own storage capacities more cost-efficiently and easily than before owing to a virtual storage pool.

 

Software Defined Storage (SDS) solutions are constantly growing in popularity in the enterprise sector because they considerably simplify the work with existing storage systems. Anyone operating... read more »
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Storage Spaces Direct - Build your Storage Server more Effectively with Microsoft's Windows S2D

Software Defined Storage (SDS) solutions are constantly growing in popularity in the enterprise sector because they considerably simplify the work with existing storage systems. Anyone operating their data centres with Windows Server 2016 or a later successor version can also fall back on an in-house SDS solution developed by Microsoft.

The name of the server's function is Storage Spaces Direct. By equipping Windows storage servers with this software-defined storage solution, companies are able to use their own storage capacities more cost-efficiently and easily than before owing to a virtual storage pool.

 

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Storage Spaces Direct is not only a powerful SDS solution for Windows servers, but also offers high performance when combined with the professional server configurations from HAPPYWARE. We are happy to give you advice on your server setup.

What is Storage Spaces Direct?



Storage Spaces Direct, which is also known as "Direct Storage", is a software feature that Microsoft introduced for the first time with its Windows Server 2016.

This software is also known by the abbreviation "S2D". It is used to combine physical hard disks of servers or their storage capacities in a virtual storage pool. As such, Storage Spaces Direct is a SDS solution from Microsoft which places only minor technical requirements on company servers apart from the obligatory use of the Datacentre version of the Windows Server.

How Storage Spaces Direct works – The advantages of the Microsoft SDS solution

  • Easy setup of the Storage Spaces Direct featureTo set up S2D on a server very little configuration effort is required. As an example, the setup can be done automatically via the CMDlet "Enable-ClusterStorageSpacesDirect". In this case, the installation is simply based on the hardware available on the server side. The configuration wizard on the Windows server actively prevents incorrect configuration. Furthermore, no external software is required to manage Storage Spaces Direct, as Microsoft's Windows Server already provides all relevant administration tools from the factory. This results in employees not needing to be retrained on new programs, plus possible setup costs are eliminated.
  • High reliability of the storage setupThe fast provision of storage resources is a big plus for Windows servers with S2D feature. However, equally important is the reliability of the server systems. The integrated robustness means that the failure of individual components, drives, or even entire servers in a cluster of at least two nodes poses no risk to your data.
  • Intelligent Caching & Storage TieringStorage Spaces Direct identifies the existing storage media in the storage pool, subdivides them by their performance (NVMe/SSD/HDD), and assigns the fastest media to the data or applications that are used most frequently. In addition, S2D enables Windows Server to use the powerful NVMe storage for caching.
  • S2D for Converged & Hyper-Converged Storage ServersWhen using the Storage Spaces Direct feature, users can choose between convergent and hyperconvergent provisioning of storage capacity. As a result, two nodes or even just one  can manage a specific workload. This doesn’t mean you compromise on performance - Storage Spaces Direct offers the lowest latency values and strong IOPS parameters regardless of storage size.
  • Comprehensive Scalability with Storage Spaces DirectFor companies that want to expand the storage pool created with S2D, the possibilities for scaling are extensive. Depending on requirements, storage capacities can be expanded to up to 16 servers and 400 drives per server cluster.
  • Uncomplicated setups for virtualisation and SDS demandsAs there is no mandatory hardware setup for Windows Server, organisations are completely free to use S2D for their server configuration. A further strength is Windows Server's native support for Hyper-V and S2D, allowing you to build powerful VMs and SDS solutions without incurring additional licensing costs for third-party products.

Storage Spaces Direct - Windows Servers custom-built by HAPPYWARE to fit your needs



Whether your priority is maximum performance, maximum storage capacity, or a balance of both, using hardware from HAPPYWARE this can be achieved. Use Windows Server for your servers and data centres and benefit from comprehensive virtual storage pooling with Storage Spaces Direct.

HAPPYWARE offer a range of additional services:

  • Windows Server based on your configurationYou can design the setup for your server/server cluster, and we will build the ideal Windows Storage Server and other server models for you.
  • Server systems rent and leaseWe are able to supply Windows servers on a range of rent or lease contracts. Please contact us to discuss a finance model tailored to your budget and requirements.
  • Warranty packages that suit your needsExpensive IT systems should always be protected against failures and similar problems. We have packages with progressive levels of support available. Individually compiled support can also be arranged if needed. We will be there if help is needed.

Reduce your storage costs effectively by using Windows Server with the SDS solution Storage Spaces Direct made by Microsoft. Here at HAPPYWARE you will find the best hardware for a powerful server cluster setup.

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