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Hardware and Firmware Components for Version 2 of the Intel® Select Solutions for VMware vSAN* Base and Plus Configurations

Ingredient
Intel® Select Solutions for VMware vSAN* Base Configuration Intel® Select Solutions for VMware vSAN* Plus Configuration
Master/Head Node
4-node configuration
4-node configuration
Processor
2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6230 processor (2.10 GHz, 20 cores), or a higher number Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor 2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6252 processor (2.10 GHz, 24 cores), or a higher number Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor
Memory
384 GB (12 x 32 GB 2666 MHz DDR4 DIMM)

128 GB (8 x 16 GB 2666 MHz DDR4 DIMM)

512 GB (4 x 128 GB Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory)

Boot Drive
240 GB or larger Intel® SSD DC S3520 or higher series 240 GB or larger Intel SSD DC S3520 or higher series; RAID 1 configuration**
Storage

Cache tier: 2 x 375 GB Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X, or larger

Capacity tier: 6 x 2 TB Intel SSD DC P4510, or larger

Cache tier: 2 x 375 GB Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X, or larger

Capacity tier: 6 x 2 TB Intel SSD DC P4510, or larger

Data Network

10Gb Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710-DA2/DA4 (Intel® Ethernet CNA X710-DA2/DA4)

or

10Gb Intel® C620 series chipset with integrated Intel® Ethernet Network Connection X722 and Intel® Ethernet Network Connection OCP X527-DA2/DA4

25Gb Intel® Ethernet Network Adapter XXV710-DA2 

or

40Gb Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XL710-QDA2 (Intel® Ethernet CNA XL710-QDA2)

Management Network
Integrated 1 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or better
Integrated 1 GbE or better
Disk Groups
Minimum 2 per node
Minimum 2 per node
Software
VMware vSAN*
6.7 U1 or higher
6.7 U1 or higher
VMware ESXI*
6.7 U1 or higher
6.7 U1 or higher
Other

Trusted Platform

Module (TPM)

TPM 2.0
TPM 2.0

Firmware and Software

Optimizations

Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD) 

Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) enabled

Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) enabled

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled

Intel® Speed Shift Technology, hardware P-states (HWP) native

C-states disabled

Power-management settings optimized for performance

LLC prefetch enabled

Uncore frequency scaling enabled

Intel® VMD

Intel® TXT enabled

Intel® HT Technology enabled

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled

Intel® Speed Shift Technology, HWP native

C-states disabled

Power-management settings optimized for

performance

LLC prefetch enabled

Uncore frequency scaling enabled

Minimum Performance Standards

Verified to meet or exceed the following minimum performance capabilities:

VMmark 3.1* Score 4.6 6.75
VMmark 3.1 Tile Count 5 8

Business Value of Choosing a Plus Configuration Over a Base Configuration

With the Plus configuration of Intel® Select Solutions for VMware vSAN* shown above, businesses can achieve at least 25 percent higher VM density and up to 30 percent cost reduction per VM, as measured by the modified version of VMmark 3.1 benchmark scores.

**Recommended, not required

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