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Simplifying SAN Deployments on Windows. Patrick Stirrat Lead Program Manager, Storage Partners Windows Server Division pstirrat @ microsoft.com Microsoft Corporation. Session Outline. Market trends SAN deployment inhibitors Windows Simple SAN Partner program Goals Structure Benefits

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simplifying san deployments on windows

Simplifying SAN Deploymentson Windows

Patrick Stirrat

Lead Program Manager, Storage Partners

Windows Server Division

pstirrat @ microsoft.com

Microsoft Corporation

session outline
Session Outline
  • Market trends
  • SAN deployment inhibitors
  • Windows Simple SAN Partner program
    • Goals
    • Structure
    • Benefits
  • Simple SAN program bottom line
  • Call to Action
  • Questions
session goals
Session Goals
  • Attendees should leave this session with the following understanding:
    • Windows Storage market trends
    • SAN deployment blockers
    • Windows Simple SAN program
      • Goals & Objectives
      • Program Structure
      • Requirements
    • Windows Simple SAN Call to Action
windows storage market trends
Windows Storage Market Trends
  • Movement from direct tofabric attached storage
    • Declining disk prices
      • Higher capacity drives
      • Lower cost consumer drivetechnologies
    • Emergence of low cost switches, HBAs
    • Maturity of iSCSI
  • According to IDC 2004, Windows is the number one platform for storage for all metrics (total storage, external and RAID)
  • The forecast (IDC) is for Windows to overtake Unix as the leader in hosting Fibre Channel SAN storage in 2005
san growth inhibitors
SAN Growth Inhibitors
  • In 2002, IDC survey respondents predicted an adoption rate that was much higher than subsequently occurred
  • Why have potential SAN buyers not followed through?

Source: Networked Storage Opportunities—Fibre Channel, iSCSI and Converged SANs. IDC, 2004

customers are ready for san benefits
Customers are Ready for SAN Benefits…
  • Many IT administrators are at a “tipping” point with respect to the SAN purchase
    • Overwhelmed by trying to manage storage
    • Need the flexibility and benefits of SAN solutions
    • Want to start small and migrate storage
    • Want lower costs
but aren t ready for san complexity
...But Aren’t Ready for SAN Complexity
  • What SAN capabilities do customers want from vendors? Among business with 10-19 servers:

(N=54)

Source: Networked Storage Opportunities—Fibre Channel, iSCSI and Converged SANs. IDC, 2004

windows simple san partner program
Windows Simple SAN Partner Program
  • Program Goals
  • Program Structure
  • Benefits
program goals
Program Goals
  • Help provide Windows customers withsimplified SAN solutions that are:
    • Easy to deploy
    • Serviceable
    • Robust
  • Provide the programmatic framework tohelp meet customer needs by:
    • Helping drive partnerships among SAN vendors
    • Providing a Simple SAN program that guides the development of simpler SAN components and solutions
  • Supports both FC and iSCSI SANs
program structure
Program Structure
  • Designation: “Compatible with Windows Simple SAN”
    • Not administered by WHQL
    • Partners can leverage existing WHQL (Designed For Windows) qualifications
  • “Hard” Requirements
    • Can be explicitly evaluated and validatedvia specific metrics
  • “Soft” Requirements
    • Includes Out Of Box Experience, quality of documentation, other non-“Designed for Windows” logo tests
    • Some metrics
    • Evaluation by Microsoft’s technical andbusiness management
program structure cont
Program Structure (cont)
  • Component submissions
    • Individual SAN components can earn “Compatible with Windows Simple SAN” designation: HBA, Switch, Array, etc.
  • Solution submissions
    • Complete solutions are a superset of components that meet the “Compatible with Windows Simple SAN” requirements, and have additional requirements
  • Online Submission Tool
    • Partners apply online for Components and Solutions
    • Evaluation & approval by Microsoft’s technical andbusiness management
  • Solution showcase for approved components and solutions
simple san categories
Simple SAN Categories

Solution Components

Storage Array

HBA (FC & iSCSI)

FC Switch

Storage Provisioning

Backup/Quick Restore

Tape Drive/Library

Multipath Solution

Clustering

Security

Complete Solution

Out-of-Box Experience

Documentation

Serviceability

Interoperability

component storage array
Component: Storage Array

“Hard”

Supports either Fibre Channel or iSCSI protocols

Must include VDS provider (recommend VDS v 1.1; required 9 months after ships)

Must support LUN reset

Must pass SCSI compliance tests

Solution must not depend on filter drivers

Drivers must be upgradeable to future versions of the Windows Server OS

If a multipathing solution is implemented, it must use Microsoft MPIO

“Soft”

VSS provider implemented

Supports Shadow Copy transport for some scenarios

Indicate when multipathing solutions are appropriate (using scenarios, for example)

component fc hba
Component: FC HBA

“Hard”

Supports either Fibre Channel or iSCSI protocols

Solutions must not depend on filter drivers

Drivers must not compromise upgrading to future versions of the Windows Server OS

Fibre Channel

Must use Storport miniport drivers (with WMI support for HBA API)

Default configuration must be fabric (auto topology okay as long as fabric is used)

Must support LUN reset

“Soft”

Simplified configuration

Automatic configuration preferred

component iscsi hba
Component: iSCSI HBA

“Hard”

Supports either Fibre Channel or iSCSI protocols

Solutions must not depend on filter drivers

Drivers must not compromise upgrading to future versions of the Windows Server OS

iSCSI

Must use Storport miniport drivers

Must support LUN reset

iSCSI software initiator

must use the Microsoft iSCSI software initiator

“Soft”

Simplified configuration

Automatic configuration preferred

component fc switch
Component: FC Switch

“Hard”

Must support fabrics only (no FC-AL solutions)

Must support FC-GS-3 or later

Switch must operate in “open mode” (that is, must be interoperable, not proprietary)

“Soft”

Installation scheme should be easy

Include configuration poster

Use a single HBA per zone

If serial port configuration is required, include cabling

component storage provisioning
Component: Storage Provisioning

“Hard”

Must use VDS provider

“Soft”

Need simple (max half-dozen steps) setup process

Can use in-box UI (Storage Manager for SANs)

component backup quick restore
Component: Backup/Quick Restore

“Hard”If snapshot capability is implemented:

Must be based on VSS

Must support Shadow Copy transport

Exchange restore solution must be compatible with KB article 822896

“Soft”

Should work in cluster configurations

component tape drive or library
Component: Tape Drive or Library

“Hard”

Tape/library driver must comply with HCT v12.1 or later

Drivers must follow Microsoft driver model for tape and changers (must be implemented as mini-drivers, as per Windows DDK)

Must support Storport driver

“Soft”

None

component security
Component: Security

“Hard”If implementing iSCSI:

Must support CHAP

“Soft”

None

simple san requirements bottom line
Simple SAN Requirements: Bottom Line
  • Microsoft will promote and feature Simple SAN solutions that consist of components that are Simple SAN Approved
  • Partners submit their products through a partner web site: http://www.microsoftstoragepartners.com/SolutionShowcase/default.asp
call to action
Call to Action
  • Obtain “Designed for Windows” Logo for products
  • Submit component for “Compatible with Windows Simple SAN” designation
  • Submit solution for “Compatible with Windows Simple SAN” designation
  • http://www.microsoftstoragepartners.com/SolutionShowcase/default.asp
community resources
Community Resources
  • Windows Hardware & Driver Central (WHDC)
    • www.microsoft.com/whdc/default.mspx
  • Technical Communities
    • www.microsoft.com/communities/products/default.mspx
  • Non-Microsoft Community Sites
    • www.microsoft.com/communities/related/default.mspx
  • Microsoft Public Newsgroups
    • www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups
  • Technical Chats and Webcasts
    • www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/default.mspx
    • www.microsoft.com/webcasts
  • Microsoft Blogs
    • www.microsoft.com/communities/blogs