First published on TECHNET on Mar 25, 2016
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by Claus Joergensen.
This week I am at Intel Developer Forum 2015 in San Francisco, where we are showing a performance demo of Storage Spaces Direct Technical Preview with Intel NVM Express disk devices.
Storage Spaces Direct
enables you to use industry standard servers with local storage and build highly available and scalable software-defined storage for private clouds. One of the key advantages of Storage Spaces Direct is its ability to use NVMe disk devices, which are solid-state disk devices attached through PCI Express (PCIe) bus.
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X540-AT2 for management
Top of Rack Switch- Cisco Nexus 5548UP
Fig 2: Front of rack
Fig 3: Back of rack
The demo rack uses a hyper-converged software configuration, where Hyper-V and Storage Spaces Direct are the same cluster. Each server is running Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3. Storage Spaces Direct configuration:
We are showcasing the demo rack with a few different workload profiles: 100% 4K read, 90%/10% 4K read/write and 70%/30% 4K read/write. We are happy with the results given where we are in the development cycle.
The performance demonstration at IDF ’15 captures where we are with Storage Spaces Direct Technical Preview and demonstrates great collaboration between Intel and Microsoft. We also identified several areas where we can improve our software stack, and are looking forward to sharing future results as we work towards addressing these on our Storage Spaces Direct journey.
We recorded a few videos so you can see the performance demonstration even if you do not attend IDF '15.