This week at #MVPDays Seattle we had a chance to have some really great discussions on the future of storage in the Data Center.

As such I had a chance to attend a really great session delivered by MVP’s Anton Gostev @Gostev and Clint Wyckoff @clintwyckoff on ReFS.

I learned in this session that there are some self healing features that come with the new ReFS file system when using in conjunction with Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).

This messaging from MVPDays has closely aligned with a new Community Open Source Project that has been started by 4 Microsoft MVP’s and 2 Future MVP’s called project codename DataRAFT.

These founding members are:

Dave Kawula @davekawula

Clint Wyckoff @clintwyckoff

Emile Cabot @ecabot

Thomas Rayner @mrthomasrayner

Allan Rafuse @allanrafuse

And myself Cristal Kawula @supercristal1


The vision of this project is:

Project Codename “DataRAFT” is the world first Microsoft MVP Community Open Source Hyper-Converged solution in the world.

The goal of this project is to bring affordable Hyper-Converged infrastructure to all sized environments using 100 % native Microsoft technologies. And a few cool tools.


So what is this project exactly. Well it is simple we believe that Hyper Converged infrastructure is amazing and it should be available to everyone. Microsoft’s Storage Spaces direct delivers this platform to you today and this project will further your ability to easily and consistently deploy it using PowerShell DSC, Nano Server, and some other cool mods.


This project is in it’s very early stages and we will be working with the Microsoft Product teams this week at the annual MVP Summit to flush out more details.

So what can you do right now you ask yourself? Well it is simply follow the project on twitter @data_raft and #projectdataraft.


We will be posting the first drafts of the solution to the following GIT repository:


Want to learn more checkout this configuration guide that has been released by Lenovo on Storage Spaces Direct.



Super Cristal