Intel Select Solutions: VMware VSAN

Summary

As an important strategic partner of Intel, after Intel launched a new generation of Purley platform-based Xeon® scalable processors with stronger computing performance and better user experience support, Inspur launched a new generation of servers NF5280M5 based on Intel Purley platform. In order to confirm the interoperability of the products of both parties and the advancedness of the solution, Inspur and Intel jointly developed Intel® Select Solution for VMware vSAN * based on Inspur NF5280M5.

Background

Intel® Select Solutions are a series of proven hardware and software stacks that are optimized for specific software workloads for computing, storage, and networking. Take workload optimization to new heights and take advantage of Intel® Xeon® Next-generation technology performance advantages of scalable processor platforms. The development of these solutions stems from Intel’s in-depth cooperation with industry solution providers including Inspur, and extensive collaboration with the world’s leading data centers and service providers.

As an important strategic partner of Intel, after Intel launched a new generation of Purley platform-based Xeon® Scalable processors with stronger computing performance and better user experience support, Inspur launched a new generation of servers NF5280M5 based on Intel purley platform. In order to confirm the interoperability of the products of both parties and the advancedness of the solution, Inspur and Intel jointly developed Intel® Select Solution for VMware vSAN * based on Inspur NF5280M5.

Solution Introduction

VMware According to data from VMware’s official website, starting from vSAN 6.6, the standard version has supported all-flash, and its advanced version has more decompression and erasure coding functions than the standard version, but only if vSAN has an all-flash architecture. The deduplication and compression process on any storage platform incurs overhead and can impact latency and maximum IOPS performance. But the increased storage space efficiency brought by deduplication and compression reduces the cost per GB of storage capacity available in all-flash configurations. Therefore, users can not only obtain more optimized storage efficiency and higher storage quality if they build an all-flash vSAN architecture.

Inspur NF5280M5 server is a 2U 2-way rack designed by Inspur for the company’s needs for the Internet, IDC (Internet Data Center), cloud computing, enterprise market, and telecommunications business applications, based on a new generation of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors server. This product meets the requirements of more services for high network bandwidth, high computing performance, and large memory capacity. At the same time, it has a good solution for customers who have higher density and computing performance and have certain storage requirements.

Intel® Optane ™ SSD Drive DC P4800X is the first product to combine memory and storage attributes. This innovative solution provides industry-leading high throughput, low latency, high quality of service and ultra-durability. The data storage layer is optimized to break data access bottlenecks. Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X accelerates applications, supports fast caching and fast storage, improves scalability per server, and reduces transaction costs for latency-sensitive workloads. In addition, the Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X enables data centers to deploy larger and more cost-effective data sets and gain new insights into large memory pools.

Inspur NF5280M5 vSAN ReadyNode ™ based on VMware vSAN * Intel® Select Solution, choose Inspur NF5280M5, a next-generation server based on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, with excellent performance while providing a stable and efficient hardware foundation; choose Intel ® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X as the cache layer Cache in the vSAN architecture to achieve all write buffer operations. Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X as a SSD with a delay close to DRAM has high throughput, low latency, High quality of service and ultra-high endurance can be used for high-efficiency large-volume writes and high-load transactions. For the data layer, choose the Intel® SSD DC P4500 SSD with larger capacity, excellent transmission performance, and higher durability.

All-flash vSAN architecture

vSAN ReadyNode™ Details

Component Details Quantity
SKU Inspur AF-4 NF5280M5-NVME&PCIe
Pre-install ESXi NO
System Model: NF5280M5 | Type: Rackmount 2
CPU Intel Xeon Gold 6138 2.60GHz 20Core 4
Memory 32G DDR4 2400 EMHz RDIMM 24
Cache Tier Intel SSD DC P4800X Series (375GB) 2
Storage Tier Intel SSD DC P4500 Series (4TB) 8
Controller NA 0
Network Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XL710Q2 2
Boot Drive Intel SSDSCKHB080G4 m.2 80G 4

VMmark Test Results

VMmark is an authoritative test standard launched by VMware. It can be used to evaluate the performance, scalability, and energy consumption of a server as a virtualization platform. It has become an important basis for users to choose a virtualization hardware platform. The results of this VMmark 3.0 virtualization benchmark are as follows:

Category Score
Performance Only 8.64@9 Tiles

 

The VMmark performance test combines frequently virtualized applications into predefined software packages called “tiles”. VMmark 3 scores depend on the number of VMmark “tiles” that a virtualization platform can run, and the combined performance of these “tiles” and various platform-level workloads.

Customer Benefits

Inspur NF5280M5’s workload-optimized configuration provided in the Intel® Select Solution based on VMware vSAN * has been validated for Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and is a shortcut to data center transformation. Enterprises choose this solution to achieve the best performance required for a highly converged infrastructure—without the time and effort of tuning the stack.

Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X is the first product to combine memory and storage attributes, which has unprecedentedly combined high throughput, low latency, high quality of service (QoS), and high endurance to help release various products Great system performance potential:

High throughput

Can provide 5-8 times faster performance under low queue deep workloads, and show extremely high throughput under single access and ultra-low latency. To demonstrate maximum throughput, NAND-based SSD performance is typically measured at queue depths of 32 (SATA) or 128 (NVME). With a queue depth of 11, the Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X achieves performance of up to 500,000 IOPS or 2GB / s. This new technology helps companies achieve new breakthrough performance.

Low latency

With the new data storage layer created by Intel Optane technology, the data center can consistently achieve excellent response time under any workload. With NAND-based solid state disks, random write operations require a lot of background media management. These tasks can cause significant delays in read operations. Regardless of the write throughput applied to the SSD, the Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X maintains consistent read response time. Read response time remains within 30 microseconds, while withstanding random write pressures up to 2GB / sec.

Predictable fast service

In data surges and demanding environments, solutions deployed in the data center must support predictable and fast service. Intel® Optane ™ Solid-State P4800X is suitable for critical applications where latency is critical. In a random write workload, 99% of the read response time of the Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X is 1 / 60th the response time of a high-endurance NAND SSD. Optimized, the Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X minimizes data access latency and ensures faster decision-making insights.

Ultra high durability

Durability affects the life expectancy and cost of enterprise solid state drives. The Intel® Optane ™ SSD DC P4800X is designed for high write environments and can withstand the intensive write traffic required by memory.

 

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