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Depolying a Windows Server 2016 Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Solution with Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica

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“Create Advertising Group is an award-winning, full-service entertainment marketing agency that specializes in fulfilling the needs of film, television, gaming and branding clients. Create uses Windows workstations with Windows Server storage which yields higher performance and lower costs for them. Read more in this article from Microsoft.”


The US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC serves as a living memorial to the Holocaust with the goal of inspiring people to confront hatred and genocide, and promote human dignity. Since its opening in 1993, the Museum has welcomed more than 40 million visitors, including 99 heads of state and more than ten million school-aged children.

SOS Youth

SOS used a HP LeftHand iSCSI SAN with Super Micro servers and Cisco switches for Youth Villages’ storage infrastructure. Their traditional SAN was rapidly aging, achieving only 5-10K IOPS. System performance was adversely affected during periods of peak demand on the servers.


Financial professionals rely on Infront for global real-time market data, trading, news, and analytics to help them do their jobs. They are the leading financial information provider in the Nordics and have clients in over 27 countries. Infront needed to update their storage and Hyper-V environment to support their growing VM demands, while staying within their budget. With their new Windows Server 2016 SDS solution, Infront was able to simplify their data center, increase throughput to over 900K IOPS, and replace their Hyper-V and storage system for the price of a mid-level SAN.


Mead & Hunt is an engineering and architectural firm that was looking for a software-defined storage solution for its production and disaster recovery data centers. Mead & Hunt was dealing with ongoing issues from their traditional storage area network (SAN). After researching the market, Mead & Hunt decided on a DataON and Microsoft solution. Their new Windows Server 2016 SDS Hyper-V cluster solution provides simplified Windows SDS management, lower costs, reduced eco-footprint and rack space, and integration with their existing Cisco equipment.


YP Transitions from SAN to Software-Defined Storage by Microsoft. DataON all-flash Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) running Windows 2012 R2 boosts storage performance 10x as it scales-up Microsoft SQL Server workloads.


YP Simplifies Host Exchange Storage Infrastructure with Microsoft Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces. YP upgraded to Windows Exchange 2016 with the DataON deployment. Exchange servers were reduced from 32 to eight in a JBOD, saving on Windows and Exchange license fees.


Acropolis is a managed service provider (MSP) and hosting company in St. Louis, Missouri who wanted to improve performance, capacity, and reliability of their storage system, while reducing system footprint, cost, and complexity. Acropolis deployed 3 DataON DNS-2640 JBODs, which replaced the existing NetApp/Compellent SAN, tripling performance and capacity. The new environment provides 2X the compute capacity, 5X the storage capacity, and 3X the backup storage capacity. Acropolis was able to reduce their VMware licensing fees by $18,000/year, eliminate the $20,000/year in maintenance costs for the old SAN’s, and provide a better overall experience for their clients.


American Logistics Company (ALC) is a national passenger transportation management who needed to increase backup and recovery performance for large amounts of data without the excessive hardware costs of an additional HPE and EMC SAN. ALC discovered that DataON and Windows Storage Spaces was the solution. With DataON’s CiB-9473 and HGST SSDs, ALC reached 40x better backup storage and recovery performance with 100,000 IOPS for a fraction of the cost of HPE or EMC storage.


Saban Brands, leading Global Entertainment and Lifestyle company, sought to scale their use of Microsoft Dynamics AX, but were hampered by an old iSCSI NAS. DataON help Saban Brands deployed Microsoft Storage Spaces replaces iSCSI SAN and significantly increased reliability, performance while allowing Saban to scale effectively and reliable disaster recovery.


ImageTrend is hosting company specialized in healthcare and emergency services. ImageTrend sought to replace their Fibre Channel SAN with a purpose built Microsoft based storage solution. DataON Cluster in a Box and JBODs combined with Windows Server 2012 R2 increased performance of hosted applications. With the DataON platform, ImageTrend will soon bring on premise Azure to clients.

Application: Enterprise

Vertical:Hyper-V, Cloud, SQL, Microsoft Enterprise App


EVGA a leading graphics and video hardware company sought to replace their NetApp SAN and VMWare deployments in order to more cost effectively scale operations. DataON provided their latest Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliance reducing data center space from 26U to 7U. All NVMe SSD storage enable greater performance for IOP intensive applications.

Application: Hyper-V, SQL, VDI, Microsoft Enterprise Apps

Vertical: Enterprise


LifeStore Financial Group provides banking and insurance services to customers in North Carolina. LifeStore sought to replace their EMC and VMWare infrastructure with cost a cost efficient Microsoft Server 2012 deployment. DataON Cluster in a Box allowed LifeStore to reduce their VM costs by 150% and reduce storage costs by 250%.

Application: Hyper-V, ROBO, On premises backup

Vertical: Enterprise

Rese Hulman

Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology is a four year university specializing in STEM. Rose-Hulman selected DataON and Windows Server Storage Spaces to replace an aging iSCSI SAN. DataON provided a Microsoft certified deployment of SoFS with their Cluster in a Box and JBOD creating a storage solution more reliable and cost effective than their previous iSCSI SAN.

Application: Hyper-V, SQL, Microsoft Enterprise Apps

Vertical: Education

Learn on Demand

Learn on Demand is cloud based company proving clients training solutions. Learn on Demand sought to maximize their deployment in a new Microsoft SDDC. The partnered with DataON to use their Cluster in a Box and Storage Spaces to accelerate data center and VM deployments. With DataON, Learn on Demand saw a 20:1 deduplication equal to 95% capacity savings.

Application: Media, VDI, Cloud/Hosting

Vertical: Enterprise


4-Imprint is a leading promotional material company operating across the globe. Tired of low performance SAN and VM licensing costs, 4-Imprint sought to a more cost effective solution. DataON provided a cost effective solution utilizing SoFS and Windows Server 2012 to scale 4-Imprints performance and storage capabilities. 4-Imprint now enjoys 50% spare capacity.

Application: Hyper-V, SQL, Microsoft Enterprise Apps

Vertical: Enterprise

Turn Point Technology: Aaron Marks IT Consulting LLC

Synopsis: Seattle based bio-technology company replaced aging IT infrastructure with CiB-9220V utilizing Windows Server 2012. Client consolidated datacenter footprint from 28U to 8U, while increasing VM deployment to 24VMs. Simplified deployment reduced compliance reporting from 150 pages to 30 pages.

Application: Hyper-V, On premise backup, Microsoft enterprise apps

Vertical: Healthcare

Productivity Inc.

Productivity Inc, a manufacturing equipment supplier deployed a DataON Cluster in a Box system utilizing Hyper-V with for ERP and SQL applications. Productivity Inc, utilized DataON CIB to create a highly available clustered system to scale applications and provided improved reliability.

Application: Hyper-V, Microsoft enterprise apps, SQL, ROBO

Vertical: Enterprise


BarCharts is a national publisher of quick reference guides for educators and professionals. Using DataON Cluster in a Box, BarCharts was able to consolidate their infrastructure in to a single appliance, supporting 6 VMs and 3.5TB of storage. With DataON CIB, BarCharts was able to reduce data center costs by 50%.

Application: Hyper-V, SQL

Vertical: Enterprise


Bevcomm sought a turnkey storage solution to scale and support their Microsoft Hyper-V and enterprise applications. DataON provided Bevcomm with a certified storage deployment for Microsoft Window Server 2012 R2, including a high availability cluster to improve performance and eliminate single points of failure.

Application: Hyper-V, Microsoft Enterprise Applications

Vertical: Telecom/Enterprise


CompuCraft a regional MS sought a turnkey storage solution to scale and support their Microsoft Hyper-V and enterprise applications. DataON provided CompuCraft with a certified storage deployment for Microsoft Window Server 2012 R2, including a high availability cluster to improve performance and eliminate single points of failure.

Application: Hyper-V, Microsoft Enterprise Apps

Vertical: Enterprise


Mission Pharmacal is a pharmaceutical company providing lifesaving medications and supplements to patients. Mission Pharmacal replaced their expensive SAN storage with DataON Cluster in a Box using Microsoft SoFS reducing data center foot print for 16U to 8U, while experiencing a 50% reduction in operating expense. Mission Pharmacal now can run all VM infrastructure from a single appliance.

Application: Hyper-V

Vertical:Enterprise, Healthcare

Generic Hospital

A prominent Colorado based hospital sought to replace their incompatible Fibre Channel SAN with Microsoft SDDC. DataON provided a Microsoft certified solution utilizing Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces and JBODs to provide a 10X increase in application performance, 60% reduction in storage utilization at a third of the cost of their previous storage solution.

Application: Hyper-V

Vertical: Healthcare

Alaska Power

Alaska Power sought to replace their aging SAN infrastructure with a modern backup solution. DataON provided Alaska Power with cost effective solution powered by Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces. Alaska Power saw their storage costs reduced by a third with a 90% reduction in backup time.

Application: Government

Vertical: Backup


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