Microsoft Ignite 2018: Post-Show Recap from Joost (XCES)
Joost Dubbelman, Technical Engineer, XCES
The Microsoft Ignite Team
This year, XCES (from the Netherlands) was part of the DataON team at Microsoft Ignite 2018. We were really excited to be a part of this big event. It felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience to join DataON in Orlando and spread the message about the great Microsoft solutions. And I got the chance to learn from many Microsoft program managers at their technical presentations.
Gain in-depth knowledge Windows Server 2019 & Windows Admin Center
Our days were packed with meeting new and inspiring people, attending presentations and soaking up the entire experience. I went to a presentation on hyper-converged infrastructure and Storage Spaces Direct from Cosmos Darwin, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. My focus for attending Microsoft Ignite was to gain in-depth knowledge about the possibilities of Windows Server 2019 and Windows Admin Center (with the native DataON MUST extension!). This evolution of Windows Server is, in my opinion, a big improvement which brings many new opportunities. Windows Admin Center with the DataON MUST extension, gives organizations a detailed component-level overview and provides a clear disk map of your entire node. In addition, it has call-home functionality and the system alerts are a relief for many engineers.
Intel Select Solutions for SQL Server
DataON announced their Intel Select Solutions for SQL Server. Featuring Intel Xeon Scalable processors, chipsets and NVMe SSDs, these 2- and 4-node solutions allow you to consolidate and virtualize your SQL Server workloads. With end-of support coming for SQL Server 2008, Microsoft has also created Storage Migration Service to help customers transition to SQL Server 2017 and migrate data and applications without having to reconfigure applications or users.
To learn more about Intel Select Solutions for SQL Server: Intel’s Jake Smith talks with DataON about the Intel Select Solutions for Windows Server and SQL Server at Microsoft Ignite 2018
13 million IOPS record, Deep Dive Presentation Windows Server 2019
The Windows Server 2019 Deep Dive presentation from Jeff Woolsey was also one that I didn’t want to miss. In this session Microsoft announced their new record of 13 million IOPS in a 12-node Storage Spaces Direct cluster. In addition, Jeff showed Windows Admin Center with the DataON MUST native extension and other vendors. The 75-minute presentation was packed with demos on Windows Server 2019, Windows Admin Center, hybrid deployment, Storage Migration Service, hyper-converged infrastructure, security and application innovation. I’m looking forward to use Windows Server 2019 with DataON server nodes.
To learn more about Windows Server 2019: Microsoft’s Jeff Woolsey talks with DataON about the increased performance you get with Windows Server 2019 at Microsoft Ignite 2018.
Next Generation: Kepler-47 Gen 2 server nodes inc. Azure File Sync
DataON showcased their Kepler-47 Gen 2 server nodes at their booth with Windows Server 2019, Storage Migration Service and Azure File Sync. Azure File Sync enables customers to get a perfectly positioned local cache for Azure, while keeping the flexibility, performance and compatibility of their on-premise file server. It’s a great tool that offers new options for different situations.
I am very enthusiastic about the new things I’ve learned at Microsoft Ignite. XCES and DataON have a tremendous relationship with Microsoft that enables us to deliver the highest performing and cost-effective solutions to our customers. I’m looking forward to another year of working with DataON and Microsoft!
Hope to see you next year!