Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) is an enterprise RAID solution that unleashes the performance of NVMe* SSDs. Intel® VROC is enabled by a feature in Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors called Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD), an integrated controller inside the CPU PCIe root complex. NVMe SSDs are directly connected to the CPU, allowing the full performance potential of fast storage devices to be realized. Intel® VROC enables these benefits without the complexity, cost, and power consumption of traditional hardware RAID host bus adapter (HBA) cards placed between the drives and the CPU.
Intel® VROC hardware keys are used to enable different RAID features on systems that support Intel® VROC. The hardware key is one of the two options offered as mechanisms to acquire Intel® VROC licenses. For more details about the Intel® VROC licenses, refer to Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) SKUs and Licensing.
The Intel® VROC hardware key is inserted into the motherboard header to enable the desired Intel® VROC feature set. There are two types of Intel® VROC hardware keys:
|SKU||Item Name||Color||Item Description|
|Standard||VROCSTANMOD||Black||Intel® VROC Standard SKU (RAID 0/1/10)|
|Premium||VROCPREMMOD||Red||Intel® VROC Premium SKU (RAID 0/1/5/10)|
To properly install the Intel® VROC hardware key, follow the steps below.
|Consult the OEM documentation|
|System vendors may customize the header location for the Intel® VROC hardware key for their specific platforms. Reference your original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for specific instructions to install the Intel® VROC hardware key. If any of the information in this guide conflicts with the support information provided by the platform OEM, the platform documentation and configurations take precedence.|
Step 1. Preparing the Server
- Observe all safety and ESD precautions for your server board and chassis. If you are using an Intel® Server board, check the following Safety and Regulatory Compliance Information, otherwise refer to your platform OEM documentation.
- If your server system is running, power off all peripheral devices attached to it, power down the server, and disconnect the AC power cord from the server.
- Remove the chassis cover. Reference your server chassis documentation for instructions.
Step 2. Installing the Intel® VROC Hardware Key
- Carefully remove the Intel® VROC hardware key from its packaging.
- Locate the SATA RAID or Intel® VROC connector on the server board. If you are facing the front of your server, the headers are usually located near the SATA ports on the board.
- The connector headers consist of four pins. Reference your server board documentation to confirm the location of the headers.
- The following figure shows an example of the location of the Intel® VROC hardware key headers on a typical server motherboard. The letter A shows the location of the Intel® VROC hardware key headers. The location of the key headers on your server board may vary.
Location of the Intel® VROC Hardware Key on the server board
- Carefully pick up the Intel® VROC hardware key. Match the key and the connecter orientation and press down to install it
Installing the Intel® VROC Hardware Key on the Server Board Header
Step 3. Finishing Up the Hardware
- Reinstall any components inside of the server chassis that you needed to remove. Reference your server board or chassis documentation for instructions.
- Install the server chassis cover and connect the AC power supply.
- Watch the boot screen during POST for the Ctrl + <letter> key combination to press. Press this control key combination to enter the Intel® VROC BIOS console setup utility and configure your RAID volumes.
Removing the Intel® VROC Hardware Key
Use the following instructions if you need to remove the Intel® VROC hardware key:
- Follow the instructions in the Preparing the Server step above.
- Hold the pull-ring with the finger, and then carefully pull the Intel® VROC hardware key from the server board header.
Removing the Intel® VROC Hardware Key from the Server Board Header
- Follow the instructions in the Finishing Up the Hardware step above.
|User Guides for Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC)|
|Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) Supported Configurations|
|Resources for Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC)|