Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Standard based storage appliances are delivered by Microsoft partners with the same management and protection tools that are deployed across the rest of their customer’s Windows infrastructure. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 enables simplified and rapid deployment of highly available file or iSCSI-based block servers without the user ever going to the second node to configure the cluster.
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Features
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 provides many user benefits, including:
Distributed access to files. Windows Server 2008 R2 file services enable administrators to provide faster access to files while minimizing the effort required to manage distributed data. Users have fast access to information that can be managed more easily by IT pros, regardless of whether the data is stored in a data center or in a branch office.
More efficient and unified storage. Storage requirements are intelligently monitored, and duplicate files are located and consolidated, saving storage space and freeing disk resources. iSCSI provides an affordable way to deliver block storage without the costly hardware and extensive training normally required to deploy such storage solutions. You can create Storage Area Network (SAN) gat eway solutions that allow you to utilize existing SAN investments.
Faster deployments for file services and iSCSI block I/O. As a preconfigured appliance, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is ready to go right out of the box. File services are preconfigured and deployment is quick and painless — often “in 30 minutes or less.”iSCSI block I/O is perfect for Hyper-V™ deployments and enables Live Migration for virtualized environments.
Deployment solutions optimized for branch offices. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is highly-optimized for small footprint, remote sites that require local file services and iSCSI block I/O, but have minimum management resources. Appliances can be remotely managed and operate in a headless configuration. In addition, WAN utilitizati on is dramatically reduced between the head office and branch offices using the SMB 2.1 protocol and the BranchCache feature.
Higher scalability and availability. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 leverages industry standard hardware, so you can scale up and scale out your solutions with minimal costs. Failover clustering allows you to create highly available solutions that are easy to deploy and operate to ensure business continuity and data protection.
|Supported Operating System||Minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2008|
|Memory (RAM)||512 MB|
|HDD free space||32 GB (more if there is 16 GB of RAM or more)|