The following key features of Windows Server 2016 apply to this solution.
Traditionally, IT organizations have invested in storage area network (SAN) storage for mission-critical and high-performance database instances. In recent years, organizations have begun looking to software-defined storage for their mission-critical database infrastructure. S2D, a feature of Microsoft Windows Server 2016, is a modern software-defined storage option that can replace expensive SAN infrastructure.
S2D is a cost-optimized storage solution that provides organizations with the performance and resiliency that they need to migrate and upgrade their high-performance databases. S2D has a wealth of features including caching, support for multiple storage tiers, and data protection with erasure coding. The Dell EMC Ready Solution for SQL Server 2017 with S2D Ready Nodes uses S2D to create a database ecosystem that easily plugs into your existing data center and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual infrastructure.
When you invest in S2D with Dell EMC servers, you pay a fraction of the price that is normally associated with a new SAN infrastructure. You could use the savings to significantly improve the ROI in proven Ready Solutions by upgrading from older, out-of-support database instances.