How is this different so existing offerings such as Cloudberry Drive? Hopefully, the performance would be better than Cloudberry, but not sure what else is being offered beyond a Network share to Azure Storage.
Microsoft is prepping something to do with virtual storage appliances spanning on-premises storage and Azure and will reveal all in April. This story starts with an early January postannouncing that SoftNAS can now offer its virtual NAS devices across on-premises storage and Azure. That post piqued The Register's interest, …
Monday 30th January 2017 10:30 GMT Cloud, what..... Sorry... Um... - you just made that up.
Monday 30th January 2017 10:41 GMT PortlandBill
The answer you are looking for is Storage Spaces https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/storage/storage-spaces/storage-spaces-direct-overview
Why would MS drive museum exibits like Left Hand and Netapp when they can launch on prem Azure and Hybrid cloud Azure on their own IP. If HPE are involved in the launch in April it will be providing Spaces ready Nodes.
Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. Its converged or hyper-converged architecture radically simplifies procurement and deployment, while features like caching, storage tiers, and erasure coding, together with the latest hardware innovation like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance.
Storage Spaces Direct is included in Windows Server 2016 Datacenter.
Tuesday 21st February 2017 04:22 GMT JohnMartin
Minor Corrections re ONTAP
"Data ONTAP is a heavily customised BSD ...
Data ONTAP uses BSD in more or less the same way ESXi uses Linux to boot, though nobody, (except maybe the Software Conservancy) would suggest that ESXi is a heavily customised Linux .. although unlike ESXi, some of the BSD pieces are leveraged by ONTAP, but things like network protocol stacks and CPU schedulers are currently managed by ONTAP directly .. the actual BSD bits which are part of Data ONTAP are pretty standard, and at one point the lack of support for BSD in Azure was something of an impediment to getting DataONTAP to run in there, however that time is well past.
"And NetApp has ONTAP Edge, the virtual version of ONTAP."
ONTAP Edge is an old name when the the virtual/software delivered versions of ONTAP were primarily engineered for edge deployments. A lot of work has been done since then, including multi-node HA and better performance, so that the Edge name has been retired. ONTAP now comes as ONTAP Cloud for the versions which can be purchased via the Azure and AWS cloud portals on an hourly basis, and ONTAP Select for the versions which can be purchased from any of the traditional NetApp sales channels and deployed on commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware configurations from a variety of hardware vendors.