Windows Storage Server Appliance Solution Overview
Windows Storage Server Appliance provides organizations with high-performance, efficiency, resiliency, availability, and versatility on industry-standard hardware
IRON WSSB Series NAS appliances, powered by Microsoft Windows Storage Server deliver continuous availability that is designed to protect organizations from a range of failures and to help prevent downtime. It offers organizations a scalable and reliable solution, while helping reduce storage costs associated with building modern datacenters and private clouds.
IRON WSSB Series “Flash-Optimized ” Hybrid NAS turnkey appliances are hardware and software combo with automated tiering across high performance flash SSDs and low cost, large capacity HDDs. It deliver cost reductions per transaction and per VM while protecting mission-critical line-of-business applications, databases, Virtual desktops (VDI) and Server Virtualization environments.
Flexible, Cost-effective Options for Shared Storage
Aside from addressing core file-serving requirements, Windows Storage Server 2012 offers file-based shared storage for applications such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft SQL Server, and Windows Server 2012 Internet Information Services (IIS). Organizations can more easily deploy, manage, and provision application storage as they would with their file shares. Because Windows Storage Server 2012 uses the Server Message Block 3.0 protocol, organizations can achieve high performance—similar to that of some storage area network (SAN) devices—and high levels of availability on industry-standard hardware, to make file-based storage for server applications a powerful and cost-effective storage option. Windows Storage Server 2012 also includes support for the Network File System (NFS) file protocol and for a block storage option through the built-in Microsoft iSCSI Software Target.
Continuous availability and Scale-out NAS for Enterprise-class operations
Windows Storage Server 2012 protects against a wide range of failures at different tiers of storage, network, and compute. Organizations of all sizes can benefit from higher levels of availability with transparent failover of applications and the ability to maintain clustered environments without service disruption.
- SMB Transparent Failover: Transparently move SMB file shares between the file server cluster nodes, without noticeable interruption of service for the SMB client.
- SMB Scale-Out: Share the same folders from multiple nodes of the same cluster. Offers finer-grained load distribution by distributing workloads from a single client across many nodes of a scale-out file server.
- Hyper-V Replica: For organizations with two or more datacenters looking to protect vital workloads running in their datacenter, Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager enables them to combine Windows Azure, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and Hyper-V Replica to deliver planned and cost-effective business continuity of workloads.
Performance and Reliability
Because Windows Storage Server 2012 uses hardware offload and multiple redundant paths from the server to the storage, it can deliver Fibre Channel SAN-like performance with better throughput. In addition, Windows Storage Server 2012 includes capabilities such as online corruption repairs and storage pooling for enhanced reliability.
Turnkey-Design, Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 "Appliance-Optimized" Solution Platform
IRON Windows Storage Building Block (WSSB) series Unified storage appliances are purpose-built, high performance hardware devices integrated with Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 software solutions and IRON designed Oneface system management tools.
IRON WSSB appliances significantly reduces the cost of storage by offering resilience and performance similar to high-cost Tier-1 storage solutions, such as Fibre Channel or SAN devices, by taking advantage of industry-standard hardware and file-based storage. It offers capabilities such as high reliability, availability, scale, and performance traditionally seen only in datacenter deployments due to their high value to customers of all sizes.
Key Benefits: Windows Storage Server 2012 offers many user benefits that help organizations save money and streamline operations.
Excellent economics for shared storage
Windows Storage Server 2012 significantly reduces the cost of storage by offering resilience and performance similar to high-cost storage solutions, such as Fibre Channel or SAN devices, by taking advantage of industry-standard hardware and file-based storage.
File storage for virtualization and applications
With Windows Storage Server 2012, customers can deploy and manage storage for applications such as Hyper-V, SQL Server, and IIS in the same manner as they manage storage for traditional file serving.
Windows Storage Server 2012 offers capabilities such as high reliability, availability, scale, and performance traditionally seen only in datacenter deployments due to their high value to customers of all sizes.
Windows Storage Server 2012 allows you to restrict disk throughput for overactive or disruptive virtual machines and can be configured dynamically while the virtual machine is running.
Simplified deployment, management and backup
Windows Storage Server 2012 is deployed as an appliance, which means the hardware and software are preconfigured—dramatically reducing the deployment effort normally associated with a new storage solution. Furthermore, with Windows Storage Server 2012, organizations can manage storage in the same way as they manage a Windows Server, meaning that they can gain leverage from Windows Server management experience and tools-including Active Directory, Windows PowerShell, and Microsoft System Center.