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Infrastructure Lead at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 15 2019

What is most valuable?

Resiliency. There were many situations I put myself in while testing, and the data was never at risk.

How has it helped my organization?

The performance is immediately noticeable by end users of all our on-premise applications. The cost (we were a Hyper-V customer anyway) was significantly less than… more»

What needs improvement?

RDMA ease of deployment. The performance benefits only came with all the new technology, and not only was RDMA a big requirement, but it was also the most challenging to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you still use VMware as your hypervisor, you should consider Hyper-V. Since 2012 R2, it is as good as VMware, and with S2D it is much more cost effective.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used Dell Compellent as our storage previously.

What other advice do I have?

Stop using mechanical spinning disks; it costs more in the long run for all the performance challenges. Consider iWarp if you don't already have advanced experience with… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't test any other options, but we did research and evaluate other options (Nutanix, Nimble, vSAN, etc.).

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What is Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct?

Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. Its converged or hyper-converged architecture radically simplifies procurement and deployment, while features like caching, storage tiers, and erasure coding, together with the latest hardware innovation like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance.

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