If you missed TechEd North America 2014, or just want to review the content you hear there, many sessions are now available online. If storage is a priority for you—and it should be, with today’s emphasis on everything Big Data—check out the recorded session Software-Defined Storage in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.

This session features Elden Christenson (principal program manager Windows Server Group), Jose Barreto (principal program manager File Server and Clustering Team), Tobias Klima (program manager), and Hector Linares (principal program manager System Center Team). The speakers discuss “everything new in storage in the R2 wave”: Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and their approach to both block- and file-based storage.

With an emphasis on the end-to-end scale, performance, and availability improvements in Windows Server, the speakers delve into storage deployment and management using SMB shares. Deploying patches to the cloud and using Live Migration to respond more quickly to new load demands are also covered. The discussion covers the variations of today’s storage landscape: private infrastructure, hybrid environments, and public cloud deployments. Optimizations in storage and availability offer the potential to improve manageability and performance, and this session provides more information about how to take advantage of the new features that enable this functionality. From the session description:

“Starting with Windows Server 2012, Microsoft offered a complete storage stack from the hardware up, leveraging commodity JBODs surfaced as Virtual Disks via Storage Spaces, hosted by Scale-Out File Server nodes and servicing client requests via SMB 3.0. Now, with major features added in Windows Server 2012 R2 (e.g., Storage Tiering and SMB Redirection), the story gets even better! As a critical piece in the Modern Datacenter (i.e., a Software-Defined Datacenter), SDS plays a crucial role in improving utilization and increasing cost efficiency, scalability, and elasticity. This session empowers you to architect, implement, and monitor this key capability. Come learn how to design, deploy, configure, and automate a storage solution based completely on Windows technologies, as well as how to troubleshoot and manage via the in-box stack and Microsoft System Center.”

Take a look at the recorded session, and then get more information about some of the storage features and technologies discussed at the Microsoft Enterprise Storage page.