Windows Server Storage Spaces: What is it and why should I use it?
Have you heard about the improvements to Storage Spaces with Windows Server 2012 R2 and are wondering if it might help you deliver storage that is cost effective, highly available, and performant at enterprise and hosting scale? Then check out these links to learn more. All of this information is based on the Preview build that was released by Microsoft in June 2013.
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MVP Perspective: New Features in Storage Spaces
Aidan Finn, an MVP with Hyper-V expertise, does a nice job covering how this updated technology in Windows Server 2012 R2 is designed from the ground up to be multi-vendor, economical, scalable, performant, and available in his article on the Petri IT Knowledgebase.
Petri IT Knowledgebase
MVP Perspective: Upgrades to Storage Spaces
Thomas Maurer is an MVP focused on Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions, System Center and Virtualization. He covers the upgrades to Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 and does a great job sharing his opinion as to why companies will save up to 75% of storage costs in compare to traditional SAN storage. Includes a nice overview visual.
Thomas Maurer's Blog: "just another private cloud weblog"
YouTube Video: Overview of Storage Spaces
Watch John Savill, and expert at delivering the very best IT educational materials through his company SavillTech, whiteboard and talk about the new features in this YouTube video, which includes a full Windows PowerShell driven example using tiers.
TechEd Video: What's New in Storage Spaces
Did you miss TechEd North America this year? No worries! Here is the session covering Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces. Learn how you can deploy Storage Spaces as the infrastructure on which your public or private cloud runs, as well as how you can deliver cost efficiency, availability, and performance at enterprise and hosting scale.
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The bigger picture: How Windows Server is Changing Storage Management
And here is an overview of the key storage management features that come with Windows Server 2012 R2, based on what was made available at Preview, just in case you are looking for this info too. Brien Posey is a freelance technical writer who has received Microsoft's MVP award six times for his work with Exchange Server, Windows Server, IIS, and File Systems Storage.
FAQ on Storage Spaces
Check out this comprehensive FAQ, seeded by Microsoft's own Jason Gerend, on Storage Spaces. And while you are reading it, since it is a TechNet Wiki article, be sure to make your own improvements to it!
Authoritative Docs: Microsoft TechNet
While the information for Windows Server 2012 R2 is in the works, you can still get up to speed on storage spaces by checking out the Microsoft authoritative source on Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces.