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The latest edition of Windows Server from Microsoft includes options for implementing a hyper-converged infrastructure in a Microsoft-only IT operation. Microsoft has added hyper-converged infrastructure capabilities to Windows Server 2016. This makes it possible for organizations to implement a software-defined data center based on Windows Server and Microsoft-validated hardware.

@Microsoft ‘s Windows Server 2016 hyper-converged infrastructure ( #HCI ) story begins with the Windows Server Software Defined ( #WSSD ) program, a system for creating validated software-defined data center ( #SDDC) designs in conjunction with Microsoft partners, such as @Dell EMC, @Hewlett Packard Enterprise, @Fujitsu and @Lenovo. With an SDDC, virtualized, clustered servers function as consolidated resource pools.

The goal of the WSSD program is to ensure that customers deploy and operate their Windows Server SDDC implementations on validated hardware. To this end, the program provides guidance for designing reference architectures and performing SDDC-specific testing. The program also offers “experience guides” and automation scripts to deploy and manage HCI systems.

Some Microsoft partners already offer WSSD-approved systems that are configured and tuned for specific data center workloads. As of this writing, the WSSD program supports three categories of SDDC implementations: Converged Software-Defined Storage (SDS), HCI Standard and HCI Premium.

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