Understand Microsoft Hyper Converged Solution

This whitepaper is written by Romain Serre and Charbel Nemnom which describes Microsoft Hyper-Converged solution in Windows Server 2016 using Storage Spaces Direct, Hyper-V and network technologies. The second part of this document shows an example of this implementation.

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  • Can't print the document due to security
    2 Posts | Last post May 16, 2017
    • is there any way to obtain a copy of this document that can be printed? It apparently has security on it that prevents printing.  Thanks in advance,
      Brian W.
    • Hi,
      Contact me at serre.rom [at] outlook fr. I send you the document.
  • Solution with direct connect network
    4 Posts | Last post April 27, 2016
    • Can the hyper converged solution work with directly connected rdma cards instead of using a switch? I'm considering using mellanox 100gbe cards but a switch is over $10,000. It's cheaper to buy 2 dual cards per server and cable them up directly. Would this solution work?
    • Hi,
      The solution needs at least four nodes. So you can't interconnect all nodes in a same subnet (or two) by using direct attached. How would you handle this in the failover cluster configuration ?
      For production environment, the switches are a requirement. Even if switches are over 10K$, it is less expensive than standard SAN Fabric. Don't forget that in this kind of solution, the network that's the life :)
    • If you had 3 network interfaces per node, you could connect them as follows: a->b,c,d; b->c,d; c->d; since each connection is bi-directional. Each node could talk to the other 3. Yes?
    • Hi,
      It is not a supported scenario: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/clausjor/2015/11/23/hardware-options-for-evaluating-storage-spaces-direct-in-technical-preview-4/. In this topic is presented the three network scenario supported.