Storage plays a critical role in cloud and data center services. With the growth of new applications for continuous services, storage requirements continue to grow. Windows Server 2012 includes a number of storage features and capabilities to address your organization's storage challenges. Whether you want to use cost-effective industry-standard server hardware or a high-end storage area network for the most demanding workloads: Windows Server 2012 provides a comprehensive set of features to help you get the most out of your storage investments.
Windows Server 2012 was designed from the ground up with a strict focus on storage. Improvements range from storage provisioning and how data is clustered and transferred across the network to access and management. You can combine these flexible options to meet your business needs. In other words: Windows Server 2012 storage solutions give you the efficiency, performance, durability, and availability you need at every level.
Storage - Features
Windows Server 2012 offers a comprehensive set of features to help you get the most out of your storage investments. Learn more about some of the key storage features of Windows Server 2012.
Storage spaces represent a new class of advanced virtualization extensions to the storage stack. It allows you to pool multiple physical disk units and make them available to your workloads as feature-rich, highly resilient, and reliable storage arrays. You can use storage spaces to create storage pools - virtualized administrative units composed of physical disk units. These storage pools enable storage aggregation, elastic capacity expansion, and delegation of administration. You can also create virtual disks with associated properties that have a certain level of resilience, thin or fixed provisioning, and automatic or controlled allocation to various storage media.
Offloaded Data Transfers
Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) give you the ability to leverage your investment in external storage arrays to offload data transfers from the server to these devices. While traditional transmissions require these data to be sent over servers, ODX bypasses these intermediate stations with a token-based mechanism for reading and writing data within or between intelligent storage arrays. The network and CPU load is also reduced.
SMB 3.0 Support for Server Workloads
With extensions to the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, Windows Server 2012 allows the deployment of Hyper-V virtual machines and SQL databases to SMB file shares. The client and server parts of Windows Server 2012 are optimized for small random I/O read and write operations to improve performance for workloads of common server applications. This - along with transparent SMB failover and clustered share volume expansion - gives you a reliable, cost-effective solution for your server workloads.
File system extensions
Windows Server 2012 introduces a new file system called Resilient File System (ReFS). ReFS is made for the future thanks to significant improvements in data integrity, availability and scalability. In addition, the NTFS file system has been enhanced to maintain data integrity even when using cost-effective industry-standard SATA drives. Online damage and repair checks reduce the need to take volumes offline. Significant improvements in Chkdsk make it possible to identify and isolate problems with certain files. This ensures that parts of the volume can only be taken offline for a few seconds instead of several hours or whole days as before.
To bring all these storage capabilities together and simplify management of increasingly complex storage environments, Windows Server 2012 introduces a new unified interface. It uses Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to comprehensively manage physical and virtual storage and can include third-party external storage subsystems. The unified interface allows the use of WMI to provide IT professionals with a rich Windows PowerShell scripting experience and a broad set of solutions. It also allows management applications to use a single Windows API to manage different types of storage. Storage management providers or standards-based protocols such as the Storage Management Initiative Specification make it possible. In addition, you can use the new File and Storage Services Dashboard to manage storage throughout your data center using Server Manager.
Scope of delivery:
- Original license key for the telephone/online activation of Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard German.
- Verified high-speed download link to get the software fast & secure, alternatively it can be downloaded directly from Microsoft.
- Invoice with declared VAT
- Instructions for easy installation.
Note: This offer does not include a product key sticker (COA label). This offer is aimed at private individuals as well as companies, business customers, public authorities, organisations, schools, communities and churches.