Microsoft SOFS and Hyper-V

Learn how Hedvig connects to Microsoft SOFS and Hyper-V clusters using SMB. Hedvig provides highly available software-defined storage for Hyper-V failover clusters.

Elastic Block Storage for Microsoft Hyper-V

Hyper-V technology has gained significant traction in many virtualized computing environments with customers across a wide spectrum – from small to medium business to large enterprise companies. By building its virtualization platform directly into Windows Server, Microsoft has fostered Hyper-V adoption and made it easy for customers to create and manage a virtualized computing environment.

Hedvig is a scale-out distributed storage platform with real-time multi-site replication, providing protection of data and also delivering maximum availability in the event of server or data center outages. Hedvig’s hyperscale architecture is ideal for Hyper-V virtualization deployments, providing highly elastic and flexible storage that can be scaled independently of compute. The Hedvig software-defined solution runs completely on commodity hardware, reducing enterprise storage costs while modernizing businesses.

Hyper-V Problems that Hedvig Solves


  • Costly and complex storage provisioning slows virtualization workflows.
  • Traditional storage limitations including lack of native multisite-support present risk of excess downtime.
  • The high cost of traditional storage solutions based on proprietary hardware/software.
  • Introduction of storage silo with Hyper-V specific storage solutions.

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Why choose Hedvig
For Hyper-V

  • Built-in replication enables stretch clusters for private and hybrid clouds.
  • Hyperconverged and hyperscale architecture for maximum scalability and flexibility.
  • Multi-hypervisor and Azure support eases migration from VMware and to hybrid cloud.

Key Hedvig Hyper-V Features and Functions

  • SMB support with Microsoft Scale Out File Server (SOFS) integration
  • Per-volume and per-VM data services policies
  • Proven interoperability with Azure for hybrid cloud VM replication
  • NFS, iSCSI, S3, and Swift support for additional hypervisor and bare metal applications
  • Tunable replication factor with 1-6 copies for HA and DR and encryption ensure data availability