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Microsoft Storage Spaces the technology of disk space virtualization, which first appeared in Microsoft Windows Server 2012, and give you apportunity to combine individual physical disks of the server into one or more pools, on the basis of which volumes with different levels of performance and fault tolerance are created.
Now this is a very rapidly developing direction in the IT industry and a lot of clients around the world are looking towards such solutions because of their relative cheapness, practicality and ease of scaling.
However, in such solutions only SSD (for system and quick availability data) and HDD (for large amount of data storage) are used and there is no possibility to use cloud data storage (for example AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.) for the “limitless” volume of stored data.
We offer you a solution capable of combining the convenience and speed of vSAN with the reliability and availability of Cloud data storage.
Using our AcloudA device, you can connect a cloud data storage (for example AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.) instead of one or more, for fault tolerance, hard drives.
You will be able to transfer your CapEx to OpEx, since you will not have to buy new servers to store an increasing amount of data, and you will be able to pay only for the storage you use.
You can easily and quickly increase the space for storing your data in one click as needed.
In addition, data storage in cloud storage is more reliable than conventional storage methods and is consistent with data storage rule 3-2-1.
Storage Spaces is a feature that appeared in Windows Server 2012, is a mechanism for virtualizing the disk subsystem to ensure high availability and scalability of storage solutions for both the individual server and the cluster. Storage Spaces allows you to combine multiple physical disks into one logical disk. If you have SSD in the system, you can create a two-level logical disk where the flash drive is used for hot caching, which greatly increases the speed of access to the most frequently requested files.
For more information about Storage Spaces, visit technet.microsoft.com.
As initial data, we have a server with Windows Server 2016 installed, two SSD disks and two AcloudA adapters configured. An operating system is installed on one of the SSD disks.
Due to the fact that AcloudA is not a standard HDD and does not have its own type, the system can not independently determine the type of drive, we will set it manually.
Get-StoragePool test-pool | Get-PhysicalDisk | FT TriendlyName, Size, MediaType (where test-pool is the mane of pool with Aclouda)
Get-StoragePool test-pool | Get-PhysicalDisk | ? MediaType -eq “UnSpecified” |
Set-PhysicalDisk -MediaType HDD
Get-StoragePool test-pool | Get-PhysicalDisk | FT TriendlyName, Size, MediaType
After that you may close PowerShell window.
(we set it 20/50 Gb)
(we left it by Default).
In that way, we set up a storage with a total capacity of 70GB, which consists of 20Gb of fast (hot) storage and 50Gb of slow (cold) using AcloudA and Cloud storage. Until we fill the fast tiers the slow will not be used.