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The Base and Plus Configurations for Version 2 of the Intel® Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI*

To refer to a solution as an Intel® Select Solution, a server vendor or data center solution provider must meet or exceed the defined minimum configuration ingredients and reference the minimum benchmark-performance thresholds listed below.

Ingredient

Intel® Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI*

Edge Model, Base Configuration

1-Tier Storage Configuration

Capacity/Throughput Optimized

2-Node Minimum

Intel® Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI*

Edge Model, Plus Configuration

2-Tier Hardware Configuration

Capacity/Throughput Optimized

4-Node Minimum

Top Of Rack (TOR)
2-node crossover 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
10 GbE/25 GbE SFP+ switch with redundancy
Management
1 GbE switch
1 GbE switch
Platform
Intel® Server Board S2600WFT Qual
Intel® Server Board S2600WFT Qual
Processor 2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 5218 processor at 2.30 GHz (16 cores, 32 threads), or a higher number Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor
2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 5218 processor at 2.30 GHz (16 cores, 32 threads), or a higher number Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor
Memory 256 GB (16 x 16 GB 2,666MHz 288-pin DDR4 RDIMM) 192 GB (12 x 16 GB 2,666 MHz 288-pin DDR4 DIMM)
Persistent Memory Not applicable (N/A) 512 GB Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory (4 x 128 GB, 288-pin Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory modules) in memory mode
PMEM-To-DRAM Ratio N/A 2.66:1 ratio persistent memory to DRAM
Boot Drive** 1 x Intel® SSD DC S4510 (480 GB, 2.5-in. Serial ATA [SATA], 6 Gb/s, 20 nm, MLC) 1 x Intel® SSD DC S4510 (480 GB, 2.5-in. SATA, 6 Gb/s, 20 nm, MLC)
Cache Tier (Numa Balanced) N/A 2 x Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X (375 GB, 2.5-in. PCIe* x4)
Capacity Tier (Numa Balanced) 4 x Intel® SSD DC P4610 (1.6 TB, 2.5-in. PCIe* 3.1 x 4, 3D2, TLC) 4 x Intel® SSD DC P4510 (4.0 TB, 2.5-in. PCIe* 3.1 x 4, 3D2, TLC)
Data Network**

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

or

25 GbE dual-port network adapter (iWARP)

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

or

25 GbE dual-port network adapter (iWARP)

Management Network 1 GbE switch 1 GbE switch
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (Intel® RSTe) Drivers for SATA Yes Yes
Windows* Server 2019 Datacenter* Edition (1809 RS5) LTSC 32 cores per node—Microsoft license cost 40 cores per node—Microsoft license cost
Applies to All Nodes
Firmware and Software Optimizations

Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD) enabled

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled

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

Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX512) enabled

Intel® Speed Shift Technology enabled

Intel® Boot Guard (security) enabled

iWARP RDMA

TPM 2.0 discrete or firmware TPM (Intel® Platform Trust Technology [Intel® PTT]) enabled

Intel® Deep Learning Boost enabled

Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) with One-Touch Activation enabled

Intel® VMD enabled

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled

Intel® HT Technology enabled

Intel® Speed Shift Technology enabled

Intel® Boot Guard (security) enabled

iWARP RDMA

TPM 2.0 discrete or firmware TPM (Intel® PTT) enabled

Intel® Deep Learning Boost enabled

Intel® TXT with One-Touch Activation enabled

 

Minimum Performance Standards

Verified to meet or exceed the following minimum performance capabilities:

 

270,000 IOPS; 4.4 ms read; 14.2 ms write latencies; queue depth = 8; write ratio = 30

198,000 IOPS; 1.84 ms read; 2.1 ms write latencies; queue depth = 1; write ratio = 30

520,000 IOPS; 5.6 ms read; 21.8 ms write latencies; queue depth = 8; write ratio = 30

420,000 IOPS; 1.1 ms read; 3.0 ms write latencies; queue depth = 1; write ratio = 30

Business Value of Choosing a Plus Configuration Over a Base Configuration

With the Plus configuration of Intel® Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI* Edge model, businesses can achieve four times greater memory capacity per cluster and five times greater raw storage capacity per cluster over the base configuration.

**Recommended, not required

Ingredient Intel® Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI* Intel® Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI*
TOR 10 GbE/25 GbE SFP+ switch with redundancy 10 GbE/50 GbE SFP+ switch with redundancy
Management 1 GbE switch 1 GbE switch
Platform Intel® Server Board S2600WFT Qual Intel® Server Board S2600WFT Qual
Processor 2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6230 processor at 2.10 GHz (20 cores, 40 threads), or a higher number Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor 2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6252 processor at 2.10 GHz (24 cores, 48 threads), or a higher number Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor
Memory 192 GB (12 x 16 GB, 2,666 MHz, 288-pin DDR4 DIMM) 192 GB (12 x 16 GB, 2,666 MHz, 288-pin DDR4 DIMM)
Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory 512 GB (4 x 128 GB, 288-pin Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory modules) in memory mode 1,536 GB Dual Mode (512 GB Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory in memory mode + 1,024 GB Storage over App Direct Mode [SToAD]) (12 x 128 GB, 288-pin Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory modules)
PMEM-To-DRAM Ratio 2.66:1 ratio Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory to DRAM 2.66:1 ratio Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory to DRAM
Boot Drive** 1 x Intel® SSD DC S4510 (480 GB, 2.5-in. SATA, 6 Gb/s, 20 nm, MLC) 2 x Intel® SSD DC S4510 (480 GB, 2.5-in. SATA, 6 Gb/s, 20 nm, MLC)
Cache Tier (Numa Balanced) 2 x Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X (375 GB, 2.5-in. PCIe* x4) 1,024 GB Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory in SToAD
Capacity Tier (Numa Balanced) 4 x Intel® SSD DC P4510 (4.0 TB, 2.5-in. PCIe* 3.1 x 4, 3D2, TLC) 4 x Intel® SSD DC P4510 (4.0 TB, 2.5-in. PCIe* 3.1 x 4, 3D2, TLC)
Data Network**

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

or

25 GbE dual port network adapter (iWARP)

25 GbE dual-port network adapter (iWARP)
Management Network 1 GbE switch 1 GbE switch
Intel® RSTe Drivers for SATA Yes No
Windows* Server 2019 Datacenter* Edition (1809 RS5) LTSC 40 cores per node—Microsoft license cost 48 cores per node—Microsoft license cost
Applies to All Nodes
Firmware and Software Optimizations

Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD) enabled

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled

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

Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX512) enabled

Intel® Speed Shift Technology enabled

Intel® Boot Guard (security) enabled

iWARP RDMA

TPM 2.0 discrete or firmware TPM (Intel® Platform Trust Technology [Intel® PTT]) enabled

Intel® Deep Learning Boost enabled

Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) with One-Touch Activation enabled

Intel® VMD enabled

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled

Intel® HT Technology enabled

Intel® AVX-512 enabled

Intel® Speed Shift Technology enabled

Intel® Boot Guard (security) enabled

iWARP RDMA

TPM 2.0 discrete or firmware TPM (Intel PTT) enabled

Intel® Deep Learning Boost enabled

Intel® TXT with One-Touch Activation enabled

Minimum Performance Standards

Verified to meet or exceed the following minimum performance capabilities:

 

520,000 IOPS; 5.6 ms read; 21.8 ms write latencies; queue depth = 8; write ratio = 30

420,000 IOPS; 1.1 ms read; 3.0 ms write latencies; queue depth = 1; write ratio=30

980,000 IOPS; 3.5 ms read; 6.2 ms write latencies; queue depth = 8; write ratio = 30

450,000 IOPS; 2.8 ms read; 3.1 ms write latencies; queue depth=1; write ratio=30

Business Value of Choosing a Plus Configuration Over a Base Configuration

With the Plus configuration of Intel® Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI* Data Center model, businesses can achieve 20 percent more cores for computation and 90 percent higher throughput in IOPS over the base configuration.

**Recommended, not required