Information about how to use Non-Volatile Memory Express* (NVMe*) on Intel® Server Boards and Intel® Server Systems.
How do I figure out which Intel® Server Platform Configurations Support NVMe*?
NVMe* is only supported on/with the following:
Tri-Mode RAID controllers cannot be used in combination with switch cards; therefore, you are limited to the number of ports on the Tri-Mode Controller.
|Intel® Server Board families, out of the box.
When using NVMe* drives, native support (for bootable purposes) is only possible on the following board families with the use of Intel® VROC:
Intel® Server Board D50TNP Family
The following would require the use of special, add-in backplanes or PCIe* slots.
The use of NVMe* drives would only be as stand-alone. While you could create RAID volumes through either Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (Intel® RSTe) or RAID configuration from within the operation system, these would still be for storage purposes only. They are not bootable.
Intel® Server Board S2600TP
Those within the Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor family.
|NVMe* specific Hardware
The compatible Tri-Mode Intel® RAID Controllers are:
Intel® RAID Adapter RS3P4TF160F
The compatible Tri-Mode Intel® Storage Controllers (for hard drive stand-alone use only; not for RAID) models are:
Intel® Storage Adapter RS3P4QF160J
|When using 2.5-inch drives
A special Hot Swap Backplane (HSBP) needs to be used for NVMe* support when using 2.5-inch drives [except the PCIe* card type of NVMe* drives (those that fit on a PCIe* slot)]:
For Intel® Server Board S2600CW Family FUP8X25S3NVDK: Hot-swap backplane PCIe* combination drive cage kit for the Intel® Server Chassis P4000 family supporting 2.5-inch NVM Express SSDs
For Intel® Server Board S2600ST Family AUP8X25S3NVDK: Hot-swap backplane PCIe* combination drive cage kit for the Intel® Server Chassis P4000 family supporting 2.5-inch NVM Express SSDs
As for the use of 24x NVMe drives on the Intel® Server System R2224WFTZS, note the only way to achieve this is by using Intel® VROC and adding switch cards to the configuration:
4-port PCIe* Switch Add-in Card AXXP3SWX08040 any open PCIe* slot
8-port PCIe* Switch Add-in Card AXXP3SWX08080 any open PCIe* slot
For further information, refer to Drive Bay Module # 1 - NVMe* Cable Guide section of the Configuration Guide.