File Server Networking for a Private Cloud Storage Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 R2

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Microsoft has shared the Private Cloud Vision that leverages the storage innovations in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. That vision is implemented as a Software-Defined Storage Architecture that leverages JBODs, Storage Spaces, Cluster Shared Volumes, Scale-Out File Servers and SMB3 file shares. In this session, we introduce those concepts and focus on a key aspect of it: the network that connects the compute nodes (Hyper-V hosts) and the storage nodes (File Servers). After stating the overall goals of network fault tolerance and performance, we describe specific features and capabilities in Windows Server that deliver on them, including NIC Teaming, Failover Cluster Networking, SMB Multichannel and SMB Direct. We close by sharing, as end-to-end examples, the two most common networking configurations for Hyper-V over SMB.
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