ODX Speed Up VHDX Creation Times On Windows Server 2012 (R2)

Some technlogies you just need to see in action instead of reading about it. I have posted a video on Vimeo that shows ODX in action on Windows Server 2012 R2 and a DELL Compellent SAN running Storage Center 6.3.10 firmware that supports UNMAP & ODX. Watch the video here or on Vimeo itself for a better experience. It’s a rerun of the demo scripts used in my TechNet Belux Live Meeting of this week.

We demonstrate the amazing speeds at which we can create VHDX files on both a traditional clustered disk and a Cluster Shared Volume. If you have ever tried to create a lot of fixed VHD/VHDX files, especially larger one, then you really need to check out ODX and its potential. If you have a SAN or think about acquiring one make sure you get this feature and be sure that it works as advertised.

I hope you enjoy it and inspires you to look where you can leverage this technology in your own environments.

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  3. This looks really good. Seeing this video makes me really question my current config though: Compellent on 6.3.10 and Hyper-V 2012 (not R2 yet), connected via multiple 10 Gbps twinax, landing on SAS storage, but getting nowhere near the performance in the video.
    Is there a proper way to verify ODX functioning and performance ? (besides just enabling ODX with Set-ItemProperty)
    (and what sort of performance in throughput should we expect with SAS disks ? )

    • Should be on on Compellent by default & enabled on the server (also by default actually). Hard to say what you can expect from here. It’s landing on tier one for us (SSD) (thin provisioning so space consumption is really low). I’d have CoPilot take a look at it to make sure you’re OK.

      • Thank you for the info. We’ll have CoPilot take a look , and we’ll take another look at an SSD enclosure. That speed looks very promising.

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