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I am considering to deploy a full All Clustered Win2012 R2 environment -consisting of Clustered HyperV hosts + Clustered File Servers + shared JBOD enclosures with SAS drives, to replace our existing Win2008 Hyper V cluster.

Our existing setup consists of W200R2 HyperV hosts on a shared IBM DS3400 storage. But performance and IOPS is kinda slow as our number of systems have grown significantly.

However, there does not seem to be many such deployments in actual Production?  Even the whitepaper by Dell for its Storage Spaces PowerVault MD12xx states "Dell doesn't support running Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces in production environment".

Does anyone have any input or actual experience with SOFS running SQL and HyperV workloads?
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There are plenty of real world deployments out there. Look for Microsoft whitepapers. Dell's is a poor choice for several reasons.

First, Dell spent a ton of money acquiring SAN companies like Equalogic. Storage spaces is a direct threat to that business model so they have been slow and reluctant to get certified for Storage Spaces, Younger hungrier companies are being more aggressive.

Second, the 122 as you rightly pointed out is not certified, so very few people would deploy such a scenario. The 3200 only got certified recently, so deployments are few. But there are more Fujitsu, Intel, and Raid, Inc. deployments out there because those companies have had certified hardware out in the market longer.

So yes, there are real world deployments out there. And yes there are white papers. But because the big traditional SAN vendors are protecting their business (nothing wrong with that), some of the "usual sources" for those resources are missing in action. You have to dig a little more.
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