VSAN+IntelWOW!!! I just learned about an incredible piece of information with regards to Virtual SAN and some record breaking performance. This is something that current  and potential Virtual SAN customers should be able to love and appreciate.

Intel continues to push the boundaries of Virtual SAN with their technologies and flash devices. Last year they delivered the World’s first all-flash 64 node cluster (The BigDaddy as I called it). This was an impressive configuration that reached a total of 6.7 million IOPS delivering about 100K IOPS per node.

For VMworld, they decided to put together something nice and basically push things a bit more and showcase the very first all NVMe flash Virtual SAN 6.2 beast based on their new Intel SSD P3520 Series devices and the results are incredible. Below is cluster configuration:

Eight Supermicro* SuperServer 2028U-TN24R4T servers with

  • Dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2687Wv4 (12 Core @ 3.0 Ghz)
  • 256 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Boot Drive – 1x Intel® SSD DC S3710 Series (200 GB, 2.5”)
  • Virtual SAN SSDs – 4 Disk Groups comprised of
    • 4x Intel® SSD DC P3700 Series (800 GB, 2.5” SFF)
    • 20x Intel® SSD DC P3520 Series (2 TB, 2.5” SFF)
  • Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X540-DA2

The new all NVMe flash Virtual SAN 6.2 cluster (BigDaddy+) realized an impressive 1.2M average IOPS from the eight nodes setting a new record of 150K IOPS per node, 50% higher than last years all-flash configuration and has totally smashed the previous performance record for all NVMe flash virtual SAN cluster.


If you are attending VMworld next week and want the gory details, the folks from Intel will presenting a session and covering all of the tests performed and configuration. I highly recommend attending the session. Here is the name and scheduled:

STO9396-SPO “Real World Guidance for Implementing VMware Virtual SAN from Ready Nodes to Build Your Own” on Monday August 29th 2:30-3:30PM

For more information and details please follow the link below to Intel’s Chuck Brown’s posting.

Virtual SAN 6.2 Sets New Record

To see it live, don’t forget to stop by the HCI Zone at VMworld, where my buddies Chuck Brown and John Hubbard of Intel will showcase the BigDaddy+.


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