Audience and Purpose
This solutions blueprint provides reference architecture information for those striving to address and scale with tomorrow's enterprise application and storage requirements utilizing existing infrastructure along with cost-effective, off-the-shelf Intel® components. This document outlines Intel's reference architecture joined with VMware Virtual SAN* (VMware's ...software-defined storage) optimized for high performance and capacity-driven workloads. The workload is made up of multiple active virtual machines (VMs) reading and writing storage in a completely random fashion. Intel's reference architecture, based on Intel® processors, Intel® Network Adapters, and Intel® Solid-State Drives, creates a hyper-converged, multi-host, resilient, and distributed storage environment. This paper describes the topology, hardware, software, best practices, and performance metrology intended to simplify the deployment and management of cost-effective scalable storage.
Please note that application requirements can vary significantly and it is up to the reader to design a storage environment to best suit their needs.
This document assumes the reader has a basic knowledge of VMware ESXi* and vCenter Server*.