Storage is no longer an afterthought. Companies are searching for more ways to efficiently manage expanding volumes of data, and to make that data accessible throughout the enterprise. One of possible choices could be a unified NAS storage built on industry-standard IBM System x server hardware running Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 operating system. In this blog post, I'd like to briefly discuss my thoughts on this topic by shortly answering six questions:
- Why unified NAS storage?
- Why IBM System x?
- Why Windows Storage Server 2012?
- What are the deployment scenarios?
- How to get?
- Where can I learn more?
Why unified NAS storage?
- Supports concurrent block- and file-level storage access.
- Provides centralized data storage for the application and user data.
- Supports centralized backup, with file- or application-level recovery.
- Utilizes cost-efficient LAN infrastructure.
- Supports multiple storage protocols.
- Supports heterogeneous host attachments.
Why IBM System x?
- Developed, quality tested, and certified by IBM, the leading vendor in technology patents for 17 years running.
- Backed by IBM's incomparable worldwide service and support.
- Built on technology advancements in scalability, reliability, and performance.
- Equipped with energy efficient components.
- Supplied with robust systems management tools.
Why Windows Storage Server 2012?
- Runs on IBM System x.
- Flexible choice of protocols: iSCSI, SMB, NFS.
- Support for SQL server and Hyper-V over SMB.
- Does not require client access licenses.
- Supports Microsoft and ISV anti-virus applications.
- Supports infrastructure services such as failover clustering, SMB load balancing, as well as LDAP, DHCP, and DNS.
What are the possible deployment scenarios?
- Branch office file and print server
- Stand-alone unified storage server
- Highly available unified NAS gateway
How to get?
- IBM System x hardware is customized to precisely match your specific needs
- Windows Storage Server 2012 is available via the IBM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) program
- All solution components are integrated by an IBM Business Partner and delivered to you as an appliance
Where can I learn more?
If you want to learn more about unified NAS storage solutions on IBM System x servers, refer to the Windows Storage Server Server 2012 on IBM System x Solution Guide.