One of the most highly touted features of Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 is the ability to store VMs on file shares via the new SMB 3.0 protocol. This opens up a new way of presenting storage to Hyper-V clusters – previously only iSCSI or Fibre Channel setups with Cluster Shared Volumes could be used for Hyper-V clusters.
Whilst you can setup a Windows Server 2012 file server cluster and serve SMB 3.0 shares for Hyper-V, a more efficient, scalable and higher performance approach is to leverage storage arrays that can natively present SMB 3.0 shares direct to the Hyper-V cluster nodes.
Come to this meeting of the Brisbane Hyper-V User Group to learn how NetApp has built SMB 3.0 directly into their storage arrays. See a live demo showing the rapid provisioning of 1000 VMs on a NetApp SMB 3.0 share in less than 5 mins, and gain an understanding of the pros and cons of using SMB 3.0 versus iSCSI/FC. Finally, see a live demo of ODX copy offload technology for very fast, space efficient, host-free data copies.