Permabit’s Albireo technology allows companies to extend their existing storage infrastructure and leverage the benefits of data reduction. The Permabit Albireo SANblox™ appliance provides inline deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning to servers utilizing new or existing Fibre Channel (FC) attached storage.
The SANblox-Microsoft Windows Server Solution Profile reviews best practices for implementing Microsoft® Windows® and SANblox with leading enterprise storage arrays. As a Microsoft Partner, Permabit has worked with leading storage providers to develop operational guidelines for storage arrays fronted by the SANblox appliance that are being used by servers or desktops running the Microsoft Windows operating system.
This document is intended for:
- Enterprise storage administrators
- SAN administrators
- Windows administrators; and
- Windows application administrators
Benefits of Using Windows Server with SANblox
SANblox delivers storage efficiency technologies that enhance the storage savings already provided with the thin- provisioning capabilities provided by Windows Server. SANblox data deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning offer substantial storage savings by delivering data efficiency to enterprise storage arrays. Because SANblox is implemented as a separate appliance with its own dedicated processor and memory, none of these features consume additional processing resources on the enterprise array or have any performance impact on the array’s data management capabilities. In addition, they do not require any configuration considerations or changes to be implemented on Windows servers. By using the data efficiency technologies of SANblox with Windows Server, you can increase array hardware use and reduce acquisition and operational costs.
While deduplication and compression both reduce the amount of consumed storage, these savings remain hidden from Microsoft administrators because the Windows view of the storage is at the SANblox LUN layer, and SANblox LUNs represent their provisioned capacity. Windows Storage Server can also be configured as an intermediate gateway that delivers advanced SMB-3 based file sharing for SANblox-enabled enterprise storage. This approach provides the greatest possible range of data management capabilities in Windows environments.