Dell EMC Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes (S2D RN) are pre-configured with certified components. At the base of their deployment is the versatile Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server. The architecture follows a modular approach treating each R730xd server as a building block. This helps deploy scalable and high-performance infrastructure. Windows Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) is a software-defined storage offering, part of Windows Server 2016. S2D can have either hyper-converged or converged implementations. This document focuses on SQL Server performance and scaling on S2D hyper-converged implementations.