Yesterday (26th of June, 2018) Microsoft held the Windows Server Summit which was mainly focused, not a surprise, on Windows Server.
I think this is a great thing, exposure of Windows Server and all the cool capabilities we got since the 2016 release, which IMHO are underexposed and buried under the Azure marketing.
Although many subjects were touched, I am doing a highlight recap on everything Storage Spaces Direct related.
You can see all sessions and find more information here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-server-summit
CRN’s 2017 Products Of The Year
I completely missed this in December, apparently Storage Spaces Direct won the ‘Software-defined Storage’ award for 2017 by CRN.
See https://www.crn.com/slide-shows/data-center/300096131/crns-2017-products-of-the-year.htm/pgno/0/54?itc=hp_slideshow and https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2017/12/19/windows-server-2016s-storage-spaces-direct-wins-crn-product-of-the-year/
Deduplication enabled in Windows Server 2019
Easy configurable using Windows Admin Center.
Cluster Witness on a USB stick
Larger Maximum Scale
Better IO monitoring and insights
Windows Server 2019 does better IO monitoring and records every IO. With this information we can see latency issues on specific disks:
Windows Server 2019 includes a new powershell cmdlet which we can use: Get-PhysicalDiskIoReport
100% Faster Mirror-Accelerated Parity
Go see the sessions! FREE
Go see the sessions for all the background information, Cosmos Darwin from the Storage Spaces Direct team talks you through it all.