Behind the Scenes with Storage Replica and RDMA

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I got pinged a while back to help out the FileServer team with explaining StorageReplica in "Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2" - I of course jumped at the opportunity. I met up with Ned Pyle to talk about options and we quickly came to the decision that we wanted to do something different. Instead of your traditional whiteboarding piece (yes there are whiteboards in use, but none were hurt during the filming of this video) lets get down to a lower level of discussion and involve some RDMA parts and SMB3 parts as well as a possible field trip to see a test rig.

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Here's the product of our collaboration. Very cool video, nice depth on how everything works together AND a field trip to see a couple of test Rigs in their test lab.

Make sure to follow @NerdPyle on twitter - yes he finally got himself an account. The FileServer team main blog can be found at http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab where you will find a bunch of screencast videos Ned and team have been putting together around these and other TP2 technologies.  

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      AndyBall

      Cool. Will it work with SQL Server 2014/6 ?

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      NedPyle

      That is the plan. More news to come.

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      hornygoatwe​ed

      A perfect format for an IT/Server video. So much good stuff in this video, all without showing any windows UI or powershell.

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      RicksterCDN

      @hornygoatweed: Glad you liked it! Took a bit longer to produce, but I think Ned and Greg pulled it off well.

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      OmariO

      I like this deep dive videos.

      Windows is not only about windows )

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      Mike

      Terrific! & nice shirt Ned :)

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      AndyBall

      Me again, watched the video , pretty cool .  So I assume . practically, that you can't do Synchronous Replication using TCP/IP  (as opposed to Infiband etc that was talked about)   due to the <=5ms requirement ?

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      Cesaredelga​dov

      Hi
      Does it have spanich subtitles?

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      Niels

      A seriously cool video! Good info, explanation and very nice to just film it at the office instead of a shiny studio. Me not like shiny studio's!

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      Michel

      Guys, to really test this I need access to your lab. What is IP and credentials please? I won't * it up! :)

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      RicksterCDN

      @Niels:Glad you liked the alternate shot format instead of studio. Sometimes I like to mix it up!

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      NedPyle

      Rick yelled at me to come answer some questions, so here be I. :) Thanks again, Rickster.

      @AndyBall - you absolutely can use normal, non-RDMA, TCP/IP based networking with SR. If you don't have RDMA NICs, it just happens. Getting 5ms or less with TCPIP SMB 3.1.1 is doable, especially if you want to stay at the campus or near metro ranges and your network infrastructure isn't 40 bajillion firewall hops.

      The 5ms isn't a requirement, BTW, just a strong recommendation - we have to give guidance and this number seemed reasonable. If you like having 300ms latency, by all means. We are here to provide you with enough rope... :)

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