Microsoft’s 2016 storage strategy is designed to provide customers with a consistent storage platform across on premise, hybrid cloud, and public cloud instances of applications, virtual machines (VMs) and storage services. This allows customers to seamlessly manage, store and protect their data based on their SLA, regulatory and platform requirements. The basis of this strategy is customers migrating from SANs (iSCSI, FCoE and Fibre Channel) and NAS (NFS and CIFS) to Microsoft/s Storage Spaces using software-defined storage. Microsoft has a multi-pronged storage strategy the will support legacy systems and migrate them over time:
Microsoft is focused on building solutions that help IT shops migrate from aging and expensive SAN technologies such as iSCSI, FCoE and Fibre Channel to cost effective and scalable software-defined storage solutions that leverage scale out file systems built on Microsoft’s Storage Spaces and integration with Azure to provide seamless storage services for on premise, private, hybrid and public cloud.
Leveraging Microsoft Storage Spaces (SDS) in partnership with traditional SAN/Network-attached Storage (NAS) connectivity to support local applications, management and data protection.
Microsoft’s public cloud storage plans are built on Microsoft Azure Storage for scalable, reliable, and economical cloud storage for data, big and small. Microsoft Azure provides optimized platforms for key web-based applications, including SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Office 365, and many Linux-based solutions to provide a complete public cloud platform.
This unified storage strategy can be controlled from Microsoft’s Systems Center which enables you to create seamless support for both legacy storage (SAN and NAS), new on premise deployments of Microsoft Storage Spaces and cloud storage with Azure. This makes it easy to and integrate primary storage, caching, backup, DR, QoS, archiving, VM/Application mobility, scaling, migration and other storage services. This unified management model also demonstrates a recognition that IT infrastructure transitions do not happen overnight. They are rolled out in stages, over time and understand that your organization needs a bridge has to be built from your current infrastructure to future solutions. In our upcoming webcast we will show how the RoseHelman IT team built the bridge they need between legacy systems and preparation for the future.