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  1. Storage Management Directions Jeff Goldner Architect WDEG Storage Microsoft Corporation

  2. Storage Fabrics Server/Enterprise Personal Storage Client/Consumer Optical Platform Client/Consumer Preferred Storage Platform Partner/Customer Windows Storage DevicesStrategic pillars Leading platform enabling storage fabric adoption Optimized platform features enabling your Windows experience, here and now Timely, comprehensive, quality platform support for optical devices Preferred platform for developing, deploying, and using storage devices

  3. Agenda • Goals • Windows Storage Management today • Where we want to be tomorrow • Roadmap with interim steps • Call to action

  4. Goals For This Session • The audience should walk away with • An understanding of enterprise storage management capabilities in Windows today • An overview of the storage management tools in Windows Server codenamed “Longhorn”. How Windows Storage Management will evolve to • Better align Storage and Systems Management • Align with the Storage Industry

  5. Storage ManagementHierarchy • Interfaces • Low level functionality such as APIs, drivers, filesystems, etc. • Features • These are exposed to the user, e.g., • Storage Manager for SANs, Storage Explorer, Previous Versions • Products • Something one would buy, e.g., • Windows Storage Server • Solutions • May consist of multiple parts working together to solve a customer problem, e.g., Information Lifecycle Management • Many partner offerings • Data Protection Manager

  6. Current Storage Management Interfaces (examples) • Hardware support • FC and SAS through SM-HBA (WMI, Win32) • LUN management through VDS (COM) • Snapshotting through VSS (COM) • iSCSI Initiator (WMI, Win32) • iSCSI Target for Storage Server (WMI) • iSNS (WMI) • MPIO (WMI) • General Storage (WMI – CIMv2)

  7. Current Storage Management Features • Storage Manager for SANs (new in Windows Server 2003 R2) • File Server Resource Manager (new in R2) • Storage Explorer (new in Windows Server Longhorn) • Snapshot solutions enabled by the Volume Shadowcopy Service

  8. Current Storage Management Storage Manager for SANs (SMfS)

  9. Current Storage Management Quota Management (FSRM)

  10. Current Storage ManagementStorage explorer (Windows Server Longhorn)

  11. Volume Shadow Copy Service Features • First introduced in Windows XP • Hardware based snapshots in Windows Server 2003 • Shadow Copies for Shared Folders • Ubiquitous in Windows Vista and Windows Server Longhorn • Previous versions • System restore • Safe Docs • Windows Server Longhorn Backup

  12. Storage Products • Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 • iSCSI Feature Pack • New higher-end Network Attached Storage offerings coming soon • Data Protection Manager • Backup of multiple fileservers • Builds on VSS snapshots

  13. Current Storage ManagementSummary • High-end Storage Management capabilities being delivered in Windows Server • Great progress since Windows 2000 • Storage Area Networks can now be deployed by small and medium businesses • Fibre Channel and iSCSI • Including advanced features like snapshots

  14. Storage Management Futures • The following material will present a vision for driving consistency among management paradigms in the Windows platform • This is forward thinking and does not represent a commitment to deliver a particular product or feature

  15. Problem Statement • Storage management interfaces have evolved using many different models and protocols, often to solve point solutions • Each of these has a unique provider model • Focused on small parts of the overall storage management puzzle • Difficult to update to include new capabilities • Not aligned with the storage industry • Difficult for customers to locate all the pieces • Many interfaces are not remotable, scriptable or can’t traverse firewalls • CIM schema implementations are out-of-date and insufficient • Too many different tools

  16. Long-Term ObjectiveAlign server and storage management • Microsoft has adopted WS-Management as the paradigm for managing systems • Align server and storage management while preserving the investments partners have made • Native Windows hardware providers will still work • Shims will be developed to support SMI-S providers • Promotion of WS-Management as the protocol of choice for all things management (not just for Windows!) • Migration of Windows storage management applications to WS-Management over time • Provide a great management (and development) platform • Exploit the capabilities of other WS-Management protocols

  17. Storage ManagementRoadmap • Expose and consume storage management information using WS-Management protocols • Update schemas to latest DMTF versions for storage functions • Migrate older schemas from CIMv2.0 to CIM 2.11 • Expose host resources through compliant WMI providers • Promote WS-Management protocol adapters • Support third party CIMOMs for proxy providers • Minimize work for IHVs to support WS-Management • Shim VDS to SMI-S (using WS-Management) • Most appropriate for larger enterprises • Gives vendors an option to support native VDS providers or take advantage of SMI-S investments • No plan to deprecate VDS Hardware Provider API • Migrate Windows storage apps to WS-Management protocols

  18. Microsoft ISV IHV Shimming VDS To SMI VDS Application (ISV) VDS Application VDS Client API VDS Service VDS SW Provider API VDS HW Provider API VDS HW Provider API VDS SW Provider VDS to SMI-S “Shim” VDS HW Provider WS-Management/SLPv2 SMI-S Server (WS-Man) SMI-S Server (WS-Man)

  19. Microsoft ISV IHV WS-ManagementEnabling third-party CIMOMs New Protocol AdaptercimXML Protocol AdapterWS-Management 3rd Party CIMOM (e.g, Pegasus, OpenWBEM) SMI Hardware Provider SMI Hardware Provider SMI Hardware Provider

  20. CIM Schema UpdatesHost resources • These are resources that are directly attached to a Windows System • Devices – disk, tape, changer • Interfaces – Fibre Channel, iSCSI, SAS • Windows iSCSI target • Much of the necessary data is already available, but in different schemas or not in WMI • It’s simpler to implement WMI providers for these than to install an entire stack (with a different CIMOM) • Benefit from a standardized schema • Third parties can extend

  21. Discovery Security Management WS-Management For Storage Fibre Channel SNS FC-GS-x WS Protocol Storage Interface Mechanisms SLPv2 iSCSI iSNS WS-Discovery Other Host Resources other Other IP attached SSDP Fibre Channel FC-SP DH-CHAP WS-Security iSCSI IPsec CHAP WS-Trust Common RADIUS IKE WMI FC-GS-x VDS SMI WS-Management VSS SM-HBA

  22. Storage ManagementStatus • WS-Management shipped in Windows Server R2 releases • DMTF approved as a preliminary standard • More spec work required to support discovery and security • Work described in this presentation will begin post-Windows Vista • Schema updates being planned • VDS Shim work scoped • Impact on SMI-S • No changes to schemas, profiles, recipes • Updates likely for security • SOAP interfaces introduced as alternative protocols

  23. SimplifyThe right tools for each customer • Reduce the number of different storage management tools • Merge into fewer consoles • Support configurations of any size • Use remoting for centralized management • Current tools require too much work for the simplest configurations • Home or Small Office • Plug and Play iSCSI SAN should require just a few clicks (and a password!)

  24. Call To Action • Stay informed about Microsoft Storage directions • Learn about the value of WS-Management • Start using this – WMI classes are exposed now and more are coming • If you have a VDS provider, customers can still use it • VDS APIs and provider models continue to be supported • This is important for environments that do not have SMI-S support • If you have an SMI-S provider • Get it CTP certified by SNIA • Test your provider with the VDS HCT and VDS applications when the shim is available • If you are using a 3rd party CIMOM, work with your supplier to implement a WS-Management protocol connector

  25. Additional Resources • Web Resources • DMTF Specs: http://www.dmtf.org • WS-Management: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnglobspec/html/wsmgmtspecindex.asp • SMI-S: http://www.snia.org/smi/tech_activities/smi_spec_pr/spec • Look for the 1.2 specification when it’s released • Windows Server 2003 R2 Storage Featureshttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/R2/storage/default.mspx • Related Sessions • Windows SAN: Resolving Technical Barriers to Adoption and Deployment • Windows Enterprise Storage Directions • Windows Server Manageability Directions and Updates • E-mail for information: ws-store @ microsoft.com

  26. © 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and other product names are or may be registered trademarks and/or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries. The information herein is for informational purposes only and represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation as of the date of this presentation. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information provided after the date of this presentation. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS PRESENTATION.