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Lab Insight: Latest Intel Technologies Power New Performance Levels on VMware vSAN – 2018 Update

Last updated October 29th, 2018. In this paper we show both the performance and price / performance benefits achievable by using next generation Hyperconverged systems based on Intel Xeon Scalable processor systems with Intel Optane and 3D NAND Flash storage, running VMware ESXi and vSAN software to provide the Hyperconverged environment.

This is an update to the previous Lab Insight report that can be found here.

The new Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform is designed to support today’s enterprise application needs; specifically workloads requiring high I/O combined with intensive processor and memory access found in virtualized data centers. However, improving the processing performance without also improving the storage would lead to an unbalanced system, one unable to achieve optimal performance.

One trend that has been enabled by increasing processing capabilities is the emergence of Hyperconverged systems that utilize server platforms together with internal storage hardware and software defined storage to deliver an integrated platform for virtual applications. While many organizations have evaluated Hyperconverged appliances, some found that the performance of first generation systems was not suitable for their most demanding workloads.

Working with Intel, Evaluator Group tested several next generation Hyperconverged configurations based on VMware vSAN and Intel technologies, including a new class of storage media known as Optane for enhanced performance levels. The systems used during testing utilized VMware vSAN 6.7 along with Intel’s new scalable system architecture including Intel Optane and 3D NAND NVMe storage.

In this paper we show both the performance and price / performance benefits achievable by using next generation Hyperconverged systems based on Intel Xeon Scalable processor systems with Intel Optane and 3D NAND Flash storage, running VMware ESXi and vSAN software to provide the Hyperconverged environment. For comparisons, the results are compared with Intel’s previous generation of CPU and storage media, utilizing the same benchmarks.

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