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Virtual Labs Company for Microsoft Ignite Events uses DataON Storage

Hyper-Converged Appliance delivers up to 20:1 deduplication with Storage Spaces


Anaheim, CA Feb 16, 2016 -- Learn on Demand Systems, Industry leader in Hands-on Lab and Demo hosting services known for running virtual labs sessions at Microsoft events including TechEd and Ignite, entrusted DataON Storage to provide an easy to manage and highly available Microsoft-defined datacenter.

DataON DNS-2670 Block Diagram

In order to deliver cutting-edge performance and online training solutions to training centers, ISV's and enterprises, Learn on Demand Systems was formed by merging holSystems and Terillian Technologies. This new company inherited a second data center with multiple “self-built” server and legacy self-direct hosted, lacking manageability and modern storage features, such as clustering and shared storage—leveraging SSD tiering.


DataON recommended a Microsoft certified Cluster-in-a-Box appliance (CiB-9224) to deliver end-to-end 12Gb/s SAS device performance in a dual node appliance architecture running Windows Server 2012 R2 and Storage Spaces. This resilient-tuned platform thrives in tiered SSD and HDD storage deployments to provide enterprise-class performance for Scale-Out File Serving (SOFS).


With hundreds of VMs constantly spun up and taken down build times must be fast no matter what so Learn on Demand Systems implemented about a third of its storage as enterprise-class SSD from


“I had someone who’d never seen one of these appliances before stick it in the rack and turn it on for me, site unseen.” said Carter, “Using remote management, a couple of button clicks and 30-60 minutes with the DataON wizard, and the storage cluster was ready for internal testing. The CiB-9224 V12 was in production within two hours.”


to replace 100TB of existing SAN storage, but needed a fast, affordable, high-availability solution that supported Enterprise Storage OS (ESOS), which is open source software that allows a server to appear as a storage appliance.

Learn on Demand Systems

Microsoft Tech Net Virtual Labs powered by DataON Storage hyper-converged appliances. Learn on Demand Systems standardized on the Cluster-in-a-Box platform to condense datacenters whilst achieving maximum tiered storage performance with 20:1 deduplication in a Microsoft-Defined Datacenter. — “The DataON CiB creates a very clean data”


Like many organizations, Mott Community College was challenged with a growing number of production VMware servers and the realization that their existing SAN storage was simply not able to deliver the performance their users required. They needed a solution that could deliver faster access, maintain high availability and stay within their limited budget.


Fortunately, the unique combination of Avago Syncro CS controllers and DataON Storage scalable enclosures was able to meet these requirements. The solution includes, standard commodity servers with Avago Syncro CS 9286-8e controllers configured in active-active clusters connected to eight 2U, 24-bay Small Form Factor (SFF) DataON DNS-1640 SAS enclosures.


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