476 votesMike Wynne commented
I was really looking forward to this. I was even looking forward to building a NVMe based SAN. I had originally planned to do this with GlusterFS on CentOS servers. After reading of the new server 2016 features, I was sold on S2D and replica. We have a 3 server Hyper-V Cluster w/ an offsite Replica that may get migrated to Xen server as result. Since RDMA and resilient file handles are not support in Samba we might not have a choice, once we move from our EMC to a Linux based SAN.
I was really loving the way Microsoft was moving with this and some of its newer technologies. They would have eventually made huge ins with the SAN storage market. Instead you will see more Linux DYI systems popping up as GlusterFS, ZFS, Ceph and Samba begin to mature. They have a few missing features in samba 4 that should be implemented this year. ZFS is rock solid and GlusterFS is getting better every day. Vendors like Kaminario will also be much better choices for SAN vs the ridiculous licensing costs incurred by these wonderful features on datacenter only licenses. I really hope they change their minds. While Xen is nice, I really like the stability and ease of use in Windows Failover Clustering these days. The Core licensing while a bit steep does not bother me or shock me near as much as the Storage features being placed in datacenter. The cloud features I am perfectly fine with them tacking on to datacenter.Mike Wynne supported this idea ·