Today at the #MVPDays Vancouver we talked to people who had never heard of Microsoft Storage Spaces Direction (S2D). It’s hard to believe, but yes there are people out there that haven’t had the chance to get up to date on the latest Windows Server 2016 Operating System. This is usually due to meetings, ongoing projects and running older version of the Windows OS. So what were the big take aways from the session?

When we asked a few questions, we were surprised by the answers, but at the same time, we had found our target audience. Some are some of the things that people were unaware of. Keep in mind, this list is over simplified.

  • Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) essentially sharing locally attached Just a bunch of disks (JBOD) between Windows Cluster nodes
  • ReFS – That ReFS is the preferred file system predecessor to NTFS for Hyper-V and S2d
  • RDMA – Remote Direct Memory Access allows huge network bandwidth increases
  • SET – Switch Embedded teaming. Windows Server 2016 allows teaming of RDMA adapters
  • Scale-Out File Server (SoFS) – This has been around in Windows Server 2012 R2 and is a basic building block for S2D

Again, the list is over simplified, but it allows people to get their feet wet and somewhat relate to what the new technologies are and how they can build on them.

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