Speakers are Gene Chellis and Cristian Teodorescu
A file server NAS could be a fine appliance for SQL Server or Hyper-V file storage. This is the last of the sessions in the storage track.
Why is NAS Relevant?
- Customers like them according to sales figures. Sales rising steeply for last 2 year and into future, whereas file servers sales growing slowly now and in future (after 2 years of big drop)
- Simple deployment (appliance)
- Supports virtualisation and private cloud
- Storage optimized hardware
Requirements of NAS
- Support heterogeneous environments: Windows/Unix and File/Block
- Support multiple workloads: client and server
- Designed for end-to-end storage performance
- Designed for continuous availability
- Integrated software/hardware/packaging (appliance)
- Simplified setup, configuration, and management (appliance experience)
New for Unified Storage on Windows Server 8
- iSCSI target continuous availability
- NFS v3 server continuous availability
- NFS 4.1 server
End-to-End Storage Performance
Requirements vary by workload. Some OEMs have not considered that and sometimes have a bottleneck that prevents high end-end performance.
Long demo of a virtualised pre-packaged NAS/cluster appliance with lots of wizards to set it up.