Software-Defined Storage Appliances

  • Synchronization: Work Folders and DFS-R
  • Failover Clustering with Hyper-V
  • Storage Spaces with SSD tiering and caching
  • New Storage Management APIs
  • End to end storage management with SCVMM
  • Simple Setup and Configuration (OOBE)
  • Protocol Improvements: SMB 3.0 and iSCSI Target

File Server Features

  • SMB Transparent Failover – Continuous availability
  • SMB Scale-Out – Active/active clusters with auto-rebalancing
  • SMB Multichannel – Network fault tolerance and throughput
  • SMB Direct (SMB over RDMA) – Low latency, low CPU utilization
  • SMB Encryption – Security in flight, without IPSec or PKI
  • Directory Leasing – Coherent caching of file and folder metadata
  • VSS for SMB File Shares – Application-consistent backup/restore
  • SMB PowerShell and VMM Support – Manage and automate

Cluster Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2012 R2
Enabling the private cloud

  • Access to storage from any node despite physical storage connectivity
  • Common namespace that is consistent across all servers
  • Resilient and Reliable

Hybrid storage pools & tiered storage

  • SSDs and HDDs used as different tiers.
  • Windows automatically tracks data temperature and moves them at sub-file level.
  • Write-back cache improves performance for real-world workloads.
  • Only hot regions of a file (VHD, database, etc.) need to move to SSDs, the cold regions can
    reside on HDDs.
  • Ability to pin files to different tiers

Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Editions
This server comes in 2 OS Editions (Workgroup and Standard)
For more information and support on Server 2012, contact us.

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