Enterprises need to turn massive data into a competitive advantage. Data is growing at a 26 percent CAGR. Existing memory and high-latency storage systems are not engineered for the high-throughput, high-bandwidth demands required to make use of this data.
An efficient infrastructure that can respond to the memory and storage needs of high-demand workloads is needed to speed data access. HCI is recognized as the scalable solution that provides aﬀordable handling of high-density data. The HCI market is accelerating at a CAGR of more than 32 percent. Microsoft Azure Stack HCI combines highly virtualized compute, storage, and networking on industry-standard servers and components, making it possible to run virtualized applications on premises, as well as connect to Azure for cloud services.
Microsoft Azure Stack HCI is optimized for 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. And combined with Intel® Optane™ technology, it oﬀers a ﬂexible, scalable solution for aﬀordable handling of large quantities of data—with higher data throughput, lower latency, increased memory capacity, and potential for consolidating workloads on a smaller data center footprint. This solution is well suited for virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI); trusted enterprise virtualization; resilient, high-performance SQL Server; scale-out storage; and new edge workloads.
With Intel Optane technology, enterprises gain a low-latency architecture that boosts performance for massive datasets and demanding workloads. They also can increase infrastructure agility, optimize resource utilization, and consolidate servers, apps, and users to help reduce costs in the data center. Intel’s continuous innovation and vast ecosystem of partners brings confidence to infrastructure design and helps future-proof investments.
Azure Stack HCI environments can benefit from Intel Optane technology in a number of ways. Intel has designed three reference architectures that use Intel Optane and/or Intel Optane persistent memory (PMem).
Option 1. Increase Caching Speed: Use Intel Optane SSDs as cache, plus SATA-based Intel® 3D NAND SSDs for the capacity tier, to speed caching and increase VM density—leading to server consolidation. Faster caching enables server consolidation to increase data center efficiency.
Option 2. Increase Available Memory: Workloads that need more memory can benefit from Intel Optane PMem and can replace DRAM to increase overall system memory and VM density, which can help reduce the cost per VM.
Option 3. Increase Bandwidth and Memory: Workloads that not only need additional memory but also need extremely low latency can use Intel Optane PMem in App Direct-Dual Mode, which allows for faster cache allocation and frees up drive bays for more capacity. App Direct-Dual Mode allocates some Intel Optane PMem in Memory Mode and uses the rest in Storage Over App Direct Mode. This approach increases both VM density and throughput.
Augmenting traditional memory and storage options with Intel Optane technology can transform how businesses capitalize on the data available to them. This solution provides a new option to expand memory and optimize storage without compromising on performance or cost. It allows for faster, better use of data and cost-eﬀective scaling, enabling competitive advantage now and in the future.