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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/40 threads), or a higher number Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor 2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6252 processor (2.10 GHz, 24 cores/48 threads), or a higher number Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor
Memory
384 Gb or higher (12 x 32 Gb 2666 MHz DDR4 DIMM)

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

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

Boot Drive
2 x Intel® SSD DC S4510 or higher, 480 Gb or larger** 2 x Intel® SSD DC S4510 or higher, 480 Gb or larger**
Storage

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

Capacity tier: 6 x Intel® SSD DC P4510, or higher, 2 Tb or larger

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

Capacity tier: 6 x Intel® SSD DC P4510 or higher, 2 Tb or larger

Data Network

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

or

2 x 25 Gb Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XXV-DA2 (Intel® Ethernet CNA XXV-DA2)**

2 x 25 Gb Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XXV-DA2 (Intel® Ethernet CNA XXV-DA2)**

Management Network
1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) management network
1 GbE management network
Top-of-Rack (TOR) Switch
10 GbE, 25 GbE, or 40 GbE SFP+ switch with redundancy**
25 GbE or 40 GbE SFP+ switch with redundancy**
Management Switch
1 GbE switch**
1 GbE switch**
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
VMmark*
3.1
3.1
Windows Server*
2016/2019**
2016/2019**
Other
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) TPM 2.0
TPM 2.0
Firmware and Software Optimizations

ESXi power-management configuration: High performance

Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD): NVM Express* (NVMe*) SSD management

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

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled

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

Power-management settings optimized for performance

ESXi power-management configuration: High performance

Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD): NVMe* SSD management

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

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled

Intel® Speed Shift Technology, HWP native

Power-management settings optimized for performance

Minimum Performance Standards (Generally Available VMmark 3.1* Scores)

Verified to meet or exceed the following minimum performance capabilities:

Generally Available VMmark 3.1* Score
7.0 or higher
7.0 or higher
Generally Available VMmark 3.1* Tile Count
8 9
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 60 percent higher VM density and up to 5 percent cost reduction per VM, as measured by the modified version of VMmark 3.1* benchmark scores.
**Recommended, not required

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