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Q&A: Microsoft hybrid-cloud push promises benefits for IT, end users, pocketbook

Tim Greene | June 6, 2013
Microsoft's chief hybrid-cloud exec opens up about what it can mean for businesses.

Everything from software defined networking, the innovations in storage where I get all of the benefits that traditionally have only come from a SAN but doing it on industry standard cost-effective hardware, the ability to unify my environment from a user enablement and endpoint protection to where I can manage my PCs, all my users' devices as well as my anti-malware on one common infrastructure all these things drive savings. All these things also drive agility because they're integrated and you don't have to do the work to integrate them. It's done for you.

Other areas of savings?
I would point out some of the capabilities with respect to the self-service BI. It's just Excel, it's just SQL, it's not additional licenses, it's not additional hardware, you don't have to rewrite your application. So you get all the benefits of that self-service's beautiful, rich experience just with SQL and Excel.

The cost savings on that not having to purchase incredible licenses and getting this in a real time while it provides incredible cost savings I think the real value is it provides you an opportunity to really advance your business quickly.

So the agility comes at an incredibly low price; it's just incredibly attractive.

One of the things we talked about in what we call Storage Spaces is the interjection of tiering. We demonstrated a scenario where we saw a 16x increase in the number of IOPS which is input-output per second, and is really a measurement of the performance or capacity of your hardware.  By using tiered storage where we have 20 disks and four SSDs delivering the equivalent IOPS of about 360 traditional direct-attached storage devices. That all is just built natively into Windows in the tiered capabilities of Storage Spaces.

The other thing is the deduplication. We gave that demonstration specifically in a VDI situation, and we all know that in a VDI environment the No.1 cost is storage because you have every single one of those VMs replicating. But with that deduplication demo that we did we literally showed a 94% decrease in the footprint of the storage. Again that's taking out a significant whack of the largest component of a VDI deployment.  

But just like we just talked about not only did that give me a significant cost savings but the performance it gave me because we were able to use the caching from the standpoint of those shared blocks were cached so we actually saw that the actual VDI setup booted much quicker when you were running in a deduplication environment than when you were running in a standard environment. So savings and performance; it doesn't get much better than that.  


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