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The Microsoft Windows Server family will have its important new member and expected by the end of 2012. This is one of the most important versions of the Microsoft Windows Server series. Improvements to Hyper-V will put Microsoft on an equal footing with VMware in virtualization. It can also include improvements in shell integration management and multi-server management.
Although all these improvements are large and impressive, the most important in WIN2K12 Storage Enhancement. This is probably the most important change of this version so far.
Here we will briefly discuss the 8 most important memory extensions of Windows Server 2012:
- Resilient File System (ReFS) : NTFS was introduced in 1993 when the first version of Windows Server serial Windows NT Server was launched. Now with Server 2012, Microsoft introduces the new Resilient File System to reach new heights in file system management. Not only does it have great compatibility with NTFS, but it also offers you great reliability and scalability beyond today’s NTFS. Without being disconnected, these file systems (ReFS) can automatically check and correct data at any time.
- Storage spaces: It is now time for users who cannot afford cost-effective storage solutions such as SANs and NASs. The new storage space of Win 2012 Server offers attractive storage solutions for implementation. This storage space provides virtualized storage space. This storage space works with ReFS. Data redundancy is automatically managed in memory.
- Data Duplication: A new feature is that data deduplication at the volume level works in memory and stores as much data as possible in less memory. Microsoft claims that it offers a 2:1 optimization ratio on the server file system and 20:1 for data virtualization. Data deduplication uses subfiles, variable size and compression to segment files into small files (32KB-128KB) of variable size.
- Thin Provisioning : This deployment makes it the core of the Microsoft Server operating system. It optimizes maximum use of available memory and recovers unused storage space. Under Windows 2012, memory allocation is done in real time.
- SMB Scale Out : Another function is SMB Scale out. This feature allows clustered files to be shared simultaneously by all nodes connected to a cluster file server. It also allows a better use of the network bandwidth and a better load balancing of the server clients.
- SMB Transparent Failover : This is another new feature of SMB 2.2 that improves clustering. If a hardware error occurs in the cluster node, all SMB clients are automatically reconnected to another cluster node without downtime.
- Unloaded data transfer (ODX) : The new ODX technology allows integration with the integrated SAN. ODX provides significant improvement in moving and copying files in the SAN by supporting copying and moving files to the SAN in unload mode. Bypassing is therefore the need for Windows Server 2012 OS to manage the movement of data on the SAN.
- (VHDX Disk Format : To enhance storage virtualization, the VHDX Disk Format is a powerful new feature. This feature allows you to increase the size of the virtual hard disk (VHD) from 2 TB to 16 TB by providing support.
Once the wait is over, we finally have one of the most powerful versions of the Windows 2K server family, which offers huge improvements in storage management.
Windows Server 2012 Storage Whitepaper
You can download this Microsoft PDF resource to read it in its entirety.