I'm really thrilled about the improvements Microsoft is making to the core SMB protocol in Windows Server 2012. But it won't really matter if nobody but Microsoft supports the new protocol. So I like to call out to all the enterprise storage vendors: Let me hear your support for SMB3.0! What We Know so Far Obviously, Microsoft is going to support SMB 3.0 in a big way. … [Read more...] about Who Will Support SMB 3.0, and Which Features Will They Support?
The latest beta of the server version of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system includes a handy tool related to the new data deduplication feature. DDPEVAL will test a given dataset using the new deduplication and compression engine and report the savings to be expected. And it works even on non-Windows 8 systems! Windows Server 8 Data Deduplication Review For … [Read more...] about Microsoft Adds Data Deduplication Savings Evaluation Tool to Windows Server 8 Beta
The next version of Microsoft Windows Server includes integrated data deduplication technology. Microsoft is positioning this as a boon for server virtualization and claims it has very little performance impact. But how exactly does Microsoft's de-duplication technology work? Introducing Windows 8 Deduplication Let's make one thing clear right from the start: Microsoft … [Read more...] about Microsoft Adds Data Deduplication to NTFS in Windows 8
Solid-state drives (SSD's) have been around for a while, but they have never been a mainstream alternative for enterprise server booting and applications. SSD's were positioned as high-performance storage for special use cases and were too expensive for mainstream adoption. But that might change with the latest generation of SSD's, as exemplified by the new Micron P400e that … [Read more...] about Micron Builds a Ford Taurus: The P400e SSD Hands-On Review