In a software-defined world, hardware matters more than ever

Organizations are drowning in data To keep up with storage requirements, IT is challenged to find new storage solutions that are simpler, more streamlined and cost-effective than traditional approaches Microsoft® is answering this need with Storage Spaces Direct, which allows you to use industry-standard Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with local- attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional arrays Features like caching, storage tiers and erasure coding, together with support for the latest hardware innovations, like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance And best of all, Storage Spaces Direct is included with Microsoft Windows Server® 2016 Datacenter

 

But just because the storage is software-defined, doesn’t mean the hardware doesn’t matter In fact, the opposite is true The performance and reliability of the software depend heavily on the performance and reliability of the hardware And not all hardware is created equal You need a partner you can trust to deliver reliable infrastructure in easily purchased and deployed building blocks with a customer support experience that keeps you up and running