A software-defined infrastructure offers so much efficiency, simplicity, and cost-savings, but it is very difficult to design and implement. Microsoft’s Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) program is trying to solve this problem. To get certified by the Windows Server Software-Defined program, partners must meet Microsoft standards for quality, accelerated time to value, out-of-the-box optimization, and expedited problem resolution. Each component is certified and the end-to-end solution is validated by Microsoft.
As part of this program, Microsoft partners including DataON, Fujitsu, HPE, Lenovo, QCT, and Supermicro are releasing a new set of validated software-defined datacenter solutions for organizations. These hyper-converged solutions allow organizations to easily deploy software-defined compute, storage, and networking in their datacenter. They are offering three kinds of WSSD solutions:
- Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Standard: Highly virtualized compute and storage are combined in the same server-node cluster, making them easier to deploy, manage, and scale.
- Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Premium: Comprehensive “software-defined datacenter in a box” adds software-defined networking and Security Assurance features to HCI Standard. This makes it easy to scale compute, storage, and networking up and down to meet demand — just like public cloud services.
- Software-Defined Storage (SDS): Built on server-node clusters, this enterprise-grade, shared-storage solution replaces traditional external storage device at a much lower cost while support for all-flash NVMe drives delivers unrivaled performance. You can quickly add storage capacity as your needs grow over time.
You can learn more about this program here.