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NEW! Storage Spaces Design Consideration Guide and Software-Defined Storage Design Calculator

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Hello folks,

I am happy to share with you that Microsoft just released Storage Spaces Design Consideration Guide and Software-Defined Storage Design Calculator.

Storage Spaces Design Consideration

The Software-Defined Storage Design Calculator (SDS) spreadsheet is to design a storage solution that uses the Storage Spaces and Scale-Out File Server functionality based on Windows Server 2012 R2 along with cost-effective servers and shared serial-attached SCSI (SAS) storage enclosures (JBODs).

Figure 1 – Software-defined storage architecture using Storage Spaces with shared SAS storage enclosures (Image Credit: Microsoft).
Figure 1 – Software-defined storage architecture using Storage Spaces with shared SAS storage enclosures (Image Credit: Microsoft).

This spreadsheet combines prescriptive design workflow and computation with deployment and configuration best practices, empowering users to design a resilient and high-performance software-defined storage solution. The spreadsheet leverages preconfigured solution templates (including small, medium, and large-scale deployments) which can then be adjusted to match specific solution requirements and available hardware available from a Storage Spaces solution vendor.

Figure 2 – The QuickDesign sheet of the spreadsheet (Image Credit: Microsoft).
Figure 2 – The QuickDesign sheet of the spreadsheet (Image Credit: Microsoft).
Figure 3 – The AdvancedDesign sheet of the spreadsheet (Image Credit: Microsoft).
Figure 3 – The AdvancedDesign sheet of the spreadsheet (Image Credit: Microsoft).

For detailed information about the Storage Spaces design best practices this spreadsheet uses, see the Software-Defined Storage Design Considerations Guide.

And for background info about Storage Spaces, see the Storage Spaces Overview.

Enjoy!

Cheers,
@Charbel

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Charbel Nemnom
Charbel Nemnom is a Senior Cloud Architect, Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has over 20 years of broad IT experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems with extensive practical knowledge of complex systems build, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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