Microsoft has created a new software-defined datacenter certification program for storage and hyper-converged systems running Windows Server 2016, which shares many of the same properties as Azure such as Storage Spaces Direct and software-defined networking (SDN). The new program is targeted at customers interested in some of the appliances coming in September from Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Lenovo that will allow enterprises and service providers to run some of Microsoft's public cloud technologies in their own datacenters.
The Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) program lets partners deliver infrastructure capable of building hyperscale datacenters based on Microsoft's software-defined datacenter guidelines and specifications. Systems certified by Microsoft under WSSD undergo the company's Software-Defined Datacenter Additional Qualifications (SDDC AQ) testing process and "must firmly follow Microsoft's deployment and operation policies to be considered part of the WSSD program," as explained by QCT, one of the first six partners certified. The other partners include DataON, Fujitsu, HPE, Lenovo and Supermicro.
"Deployments use prescriptive, automated tooling that cuts deployment time from days or weeks to mere hours," according to the WSSD announcement on Microsoft's Hyper Cloud blog. "You'll be up and running by the time the WSSD partner leaves your site, with a single point of contact for support." The partners are offering three types of systems:
The specific WSSD-certified offerings announced by Microsoft include:
While some obvious large providers of software-defined and engineered hyper-converged systems weren't on the initial list, notably Cisco Systems and Dell EMC, Microsoft said it expects to add more partners over time.
Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/19/2017 at 1:24 PM
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