Guest blog by Francisco Blasco
Windows 2012 introduces a lot of new features and capabilities helping IT organizations to lower cost when using these built-in features. Last week, Michael Otey of Windows IT Pro posted a blog talking about new Windows 2012 Storage Features and I wanted to add additional information regarding EMC capabilities and integrations with this new technology.
EMC is leading the Datacenter transformation and in Big Data and currently supports many of these new features and capabilities found in Windows 2012
One example is data de duplication, a new feature that performs data de duplication in the background without any performance impact to primary workloads and includes the option to schedule the process for the volume or files.
The best candidates for deduplication are file shares, software deployment shares and virtualization deployment shares such as VHD libraries. Applications which continue access like Microsoft SQL and Exchange Server are not good candidates for deduplication.
Deduplication also could be a great benefit for backup and restore processes, Microsoft provides a VSS writer for data deduplication backup and restore process. For customers who run data deduplication on Windows Server 2012 with supported EMC arrays, Windows will use the deduplication processes directly from the array extending the storage feature through to Windows.
SMB 3.0 protocol is another feature that brings new capabilities including performance and high availability improvements. This is great for new implementations and deployments and in the near future we will see applications such as Hyper-V and SQL Server be implemented on SMB file shares in our Datacenters where EMC storage is present.
We can also expect to see different DR Solutions where we can leverage some of those functionalities, for instance latency reduction over WAN is an example of performance improvement in this new SMB version.
Overall the new features for Windows 2012 SMC protocol includes:
- SMB Transparent Failover
- SMB Scale Out
- SMB Multichannel
- SMB Direct
- SMB Encryption
- VSS for SMB file shares
These new features and capabilities provide flexibility and reliability to Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V deployments with SMB-based storage on EMC storage arrays. EMC fully supports SMB 3.0 within its unified storage platforms, such as EMC VNX.
For more information about Windows 2012 SMB please visit: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2709568
Thin Provisioning technology provides efficiency for storage provisioning and business applications. This new feature of Windows 2012 is integrated with EMC arrays, so that EMC virtual provisioning gives storage administrators flexibility in deploying storage to Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V hosts.
Windows Server 2012 can detect thin-provisioned storage on EMC storage arrays and reclaim unused space, including when Windows Server 2012 is deployed within a Hyper-V virtual machine.
Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) is a feature that enables you to be more efficient when you are moving data in a shared storage array. This reduces CPU and network resources consumption on the physical host and increase data movement speed. This is a great functionality in virtual environments when we have to move Virtual Machines between different locations.
Windows Server 2012 and EMC intelligent arrays make ODX-enabled file functions transparent to applications, which means that Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V hosts that use EMC storage arrays automatically optimize file and move functions without administrator intervention.
More information about ODX in this link
EMC is excited to support these and many more new features found in Windows Server 2012! For more information, be sure to visit the Everything Microsoft at EMC Community.