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Windows Storage Server 2012

Sentral is a Microsoft approved OEM hardware vendor for its range of storage products. Windows® Storage Server 2012 is the Windows Server® 2012 platform of choice for network-attached storage (NAS) appliances.

As part of a network-attached storage appliance, Windows Storage Server 2012 can help reduce the storage costs associated with building modern datacenters and private clouds. It enhances the traditional file serving capabilities and extends file based storage for application workloads like Hyper-V, SQL and Internet information Services (IIS). Windows Storage Server 2012 delivers excellent economics for a shared storage solution by leveraging industry standard hardware matched with robust storage capabilities. It delivers continuous availability that is designed to protect from a range of failures and prevent downtime in a scalable and reliable manner.

Sentral offers specialized hardware and additional software components to create NAS appliances based on Windows Storage Server 2012.

Windows Storage Server 2012 based NAS appliances are best suited for you if you are seeking to deploy a dedicated turnkey solution for highly reliable, high-performance shared storage, for example your database needs. If you are a customer who wants to deploy a converged private cloud infrastructure which also includes the ability to run physical or virtual workloads including line-of-business applications, you should consider Windows Server 2012 for your needs.

System Features:

  • Data capacity from 2TB in a 1U up to 136TB in 4U
  • Enterprise SATA or SAS 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s Disk Drives
  • Hot Swap Drives
  • Hot Spare Capable
  • Hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 & 60 Solutions
  • Hardware redundancy
  • Multiple Gigabit Ethernet and optional 10GbE NIC and Fibre Channel Connections
  • Highly Efficient Digital Switching Power Supply

With Supermicro SuperServer and SuperStorage platforms certified for Windows Server 2012, organizations can accelerate deployment of sophisticated solutions for cloud, infrastructure workload and business critical applications. These solutions improve resource utilization; optimize use of floor space and reduced overall power costs.

Key Features and Benefits

Windows Storage Server 2012 offers a number of greatly enhanced capabilities and benefits when compared with previous versions of Windows Storage Server. Most importantly, it offers:

High-performance and Reliable File Storage for Virtualization and Applications

With Windows Storage Server® 2012 you can deploy and manage storage for server applications such as Hyper-V, SQL and IIS in the same manner you manage storage for traditional file serving. Windows Storage Server 2012 helps reduce the cost of storage significantly by delivering FiberChannel/SAN-like performance on industry-standard hardware with excellent throughput and multiple redundant paths from the server to the storage. In addition, it includes advanced capabilities such as on-line corruption repairs and storage pooling to enhance its reliability. Best of all, your organization will be able to leverage existing skillsets and easily deploy, manage and provision application storage in the same way as it would for their file shares.

Flexible, Cost-effective Options for Shared Storage

Windows Storage Server 2012 includes a robust range of file serving and storage capabilities. It addresses heterogeneous environments, enables more efficient storage utilization and is delivered as a turnkey, file based storage solution on industry standard hardware. Delivering a similar level of performance and reliability as more expensive storage solutions, it offers unified storage with support for both file (SMB and NFS) and block (iSCSI) protocols, allows for a flexible mix of configurations and enables efficient storage utilization with thin provisioning and data de-duplication technologies. Allowing you to manage storage in the same way as Windows Server workloads, Windows Storage Server 2012 takes advantage of your Windows Server management skill sets and tools including Active Directory, PowerShell and System Center.

SMB 3.0 Support for Server Workloads

With enhancements to the server message block (SMB) protocol, Windows Server 2012 helps you to deploy Hyper-V virtual machines and SQL databases on SMB file shares. The Windows Server 2012 client and server are optimized for small random read/write I/O to increase performance for common server application workloads. This capability, in addition to SMB transparent failover and Clustered Share Volume enhancements, provides a reliable, cost-effective solution for your server workloads.

Continuous Availability for Enterprise-class Operations

Windows Storage Server 2012 helps preserve uptime by enduring failures, at multiple tiers, including storage, network and compute, without noticeable service interruption. Organizations of all sizes will be able to benefit from higher levels of availability with transparent failover of applications and the ability to maintain clustered environments without service disruption. Windows Storage Server 2012 offers high levels of availability, reliability, and performance that were traditionally only seen in datacenter deployments, but are valuable to customers of all sizes.

Windows Storage Server 2012 editions

Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup

  • As many as 50 connections
  • Single processor socket
  • Up to 32 GB of memory
  • As many as 6 disks (no external SAS)
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard
  • No license limit on number of connections
  • Multiple processor sockets
  • No license limit on memory
  • No license limit on number of disks
  • Deduplication, virtualization (host plus 2 virtual machines for storage and disk management tools), and networking services (no domain controller)
  • Failover clustering for higher availability
  • Microsoft BranchCache for reduced WAN traffic

Windows Server 2012

With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft delivers a server platform built on our experience of?building and operating many of the world's largest cloud-based services and datacenter. Whether you are setting-up a single server for your small business or architecting a major new datacenter environment, Windows Server 2012 will help you cloud-optimize your IT so you can fully meet your organization's unique needs.

Windows Server 2012 Editions

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter is designed for highly virtualized private cloud environments.
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard is designed for physical or minimally virtualized environments.
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials is ideal for small businesses that have as many as 25 users and 50 devices.
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation provides a Windows Server experience for as many as 15 users.

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