Fun with Storage Spaces (Part 1 – Intro)

As I have said before: I need help.  Once again my addiction has gotten the better of me and I have decided to take on another interesting project.  However, this time I am not alone.  During this journey I will be working with 2 of my closest colleagues: Andre Potel and Jamie Belair.

This mission is quite interesting: with the price of storage dropping and their storage capacity increasing one new tool to Windows 8 (and Server 2012) seems to get more and more interesting: Storage Spaces.  Tape drives are expensive.  NAS boxes are expensive.  Why spend money if you don’t have to? (You can always buy different toys with your savings J ) Up until recently tapes and NAS devices were the best way to store data but is that still the case?

So here is the initial idea: Is it feasible to start using Storage Spaces as a backup system?  Over the next few articles we will look at speed of storage and the cost of storage, take these factors, and weight them against more traditional storage options like tape drives, NAS boxes and RAID systems.

If you have never heard of Storage Spaces below you will find some interesting links to get you started.  Over the next few weeks I will post a series of articles detailing this work. The next article will most likely focus on the hardware we are going to use.  Subsequent articles will follow detailing speed and functionality testing.

  1. Technet article on “Storage Spaces Overview”7
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831739.aspx
  2. Technet article ”Deploy Storage Spaces on a Stand-Alone Server”
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj822938.aspx