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Implementing Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct using HPE ProLiant servers

1.0 Introduction

This document discusses Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) solution implementation using HPE ProLiant Gen9 and Gen10 servers. Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) is a software-defined storage feature based on Storage Spaces technology. It uses internal storage devices such as SATA and SAS HDDs, SSDs and NVMe disks to create shared disk volumes. Distributed among several cluster nodes, these volumes can withstand disk, node, and network failures, and continue to operate normally without downtime. Different levels of resiliency can be achieved using mirror, parity, or a combination of the two. S2D is mainly targeted at cloud applications, Hyper-V, storage for backup and replication, and Hyper-Converged/Converged infrastructures.