2014-04 Heavy Data Systems, Microsoft Server 2012R2
March 2014

Compucon CPD Seminar
Wed 9 April 2014
Compucon House, Albany

4:00pm Optimised and Heavy Data Systems (Edmond)
4:45pm Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 (Regan/Microsoft)
6:150pm Wine and Cheese

Heavy Data Systems

On top of building servers and desktops for the business sector, Compucon has been doing optimized rack systems and heavy data systems for over 7 years with reasonable success.  Optimized rack systems refer to multiple computing nodes in one single chassis such as 4 nodes in 2U, 24 nodes in 3U and 40 nodes in 7U.  These nodes share a lot of physical resources and reduce space rental and consumption of electricity as ongoing costs of ownership.  Heavy data systems refer to having a large number of commodity hard disks in a chassis such as 12D in 1U and 72D in 4U.  These systems can be deployed as DAS or NAS, using hardware RAID or software ZFS, in medium to large size businesses including data centers.  At the small scale end, we have a multitude of micro servers as small as a desk drawer for installation in mobile or remote environments.  This session will attempt to provide a summary of the above product ranges and assist our peers to obtain clarity of the vast amount of knowledge needed to deploy these systems.  We will explain a new technology called “zero slot” coming out any time now.

Windows Server 2012R2

Regan Murphy is the Infrastructure Technical Evangelist within the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team at Microsoft New Zealand.  Private and Public Cloud is where Regan’s focus is, including technologies such as Windows Server, Windows Client, Virtualisation, System Center, and Microsoft Azure.  Regan splits his time between running events and helping drive adoption of Microsoft, Windows and Azure products and services amongst partners and customers.  So what’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2?  We will take a closer look at the new features around storage spaces - including tiered data using SSD and HDD disks, what you can do with software defined networking using the new IPAM (IP Address Management) functionality, and we will look at the new and extended features introduced with Hyper-V.