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Base and Plus Configurations for Intel Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI v2

Ingredient

Intel Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI v2

Edge Model, Base Configuration

1-Tier Storage Configuration

Capacity/Throughput Optimized

2-Node Minimum

Intel Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI v2

Edge Model, Plus Configuration

2-Tier Hardware Configuration

Capacity/Throughput Optimized

4-Node Minimum

Top Of Rack (TOR)
2-node crossover 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
10 GbE/25 GbE SFP+ switch with redundancy
Management
1 GbE switch
1 GbE switch
Platform
Intel® Server Board S2600WFT Qual
Intel Server Board S2600WFT Qual
Processor 2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 5218 processor at 2.30 GHz (16 cores, 32 threads), or a higher number Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor
2 x Intel Xeon Gold 5218 processor at 2.30 GHz (16 cores, 32 threads), or a higher number Intel Xeon Scalable processor
Memory 256 GB (16 x 16 GB 2,666MHz 288-pin DDR4 RDIMM) 192 GB (12 x 16 GB 2,666 MHz 288-pin DDR4 DIMM)
Persistent Memory Not applicable (N/A) 512 GB Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory (4 x 128 GB, 288-pin Intel Optane DC persistent memory modules) in memory mode
PMEM-To-DRAM Ratio N/A 2.66:1 ratio persistent memory to DRAM
Boot Drive** 1 x Intel® SSD DC S4510 (480 GB, 2.5-in. Serial ATA [SATA], 6 Gb/s, 20 nm, MLC) 1 x Intel SSD DC S4510 (480 GB, 2.5-in. SATA, 6 Gb/s, 20 nm, MLC)
Cache Tier (Numa Balanced) N/A 2 x Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X (375 GB, 2.5-in. PCIe* x4)
Capacity Tier (Numa Balanced) 4 x Intel® SSD DC P4610 (1.6 TB, 2.5-in. PCIe* 3.1 x 4, 3D2, TLC) 4 x Intel SSD DC P4510 (4.0 TB, 2.5-in. PCIe* 3.1 x 4, 3D2, TLC)
Data Network**

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

or

25 GbE dual-port network adapter (iWARP)

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

or

25 GbE dual-port network adapter (iWARP)

Management Network 1 GbE switch 1 GbE switch
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (Intel RSTe) Drivers for SATA Yes Yes
Windows* Server 2019 Datacenter* Edition (1809 RS5) LTSC 32 cores per node—Microsoft license cost 40 cores per node—Microsoft license cost
Applies to All Nodes
Firmware and Software Optimizations

Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD) enabled

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled

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

Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) enabled

Intel® Speed Shift Technology enabled

Intel® Boot Guard (security) enabled

iWARP RDMA

TPM 2.0 discrete or firmware TPM (Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT)) enabled

Intel® Deep Learning Boost enabled

Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) with One-Touch Activation enabled

Intel VMD enabled

Intel Turbo Boost Technology enabled

Intel HT Technology enabled

Intel Speed Shift Technology enabled

Intel Boot Guard (security) enabled

iWARP RDMA

TPM 2.0 discrete or firmware TPM (Intel PTT) enabled

Intel Deep Learning Boost enabled

Intel TXT with One-Touch Activation enabled

 

Minimum Performance Standards

Verified to meet or exceed the following minimum performance capabilities:

 

270,000 IOPS; 4.4 ms read; 14.2 ms write latencies; queue depth = 8; write ratio = 30

198,000 IOPS; 1.84 ms read; 2.1 ms write latencies; queue depth = 1; write ratio = 30

520,000 IOPS; 5.6 ms read; 21.8 ms write latencies; queue depth = 8; write ratio = 30

420,000 IOPS; 1.1 ms read; 3.0 ms write latencies; queue depth = 1; write ratio = 30

Business Value of Choosing a Plus Configuration Over a Base Configuration

With the Plus configuration of Intel Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI* Edge model, businesses can achieve four times greater memory capacity per cluster and five times greater raw storage capacity per cluster over the base configuration.

**Recommended, not required

Ingredient Intel Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI* Intel Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI*
TOR 10 GbE/25 GbE SFP+ switch with redundancy 10 GbE/50 GbE SFP+ switch with redundancy
Management 1 GbE switch 1 GbE switch
Platform Intel Server Board S2600WFT Qual Intel Server Board S2600WFT Qual
Processor 2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6230 processor at 2.10 GHz (20 cores, 40 threads), or a higher number Intel Xeon Scalable processor 2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6252 processor at 2.10 GHz (24 cores, 48 threads), or a higher number Intel Xeon Scalable processor
Memory 192 GB (12 x 16 GB, 2,666 MHz, 288-pin DDR4 DIMM) 192 GB (12 x 16 GB, 2,666 MHz, 288-pin DDR4 DIMM)
Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory 512 GB (4 x 128 GB, 288-pin Intel Optane DC persistent memory modules) in memory mode 1,536 GB Dual Mode (512 GB Intel Optane DC persistent memory in memory mode + 1,024 GB Storage over App Direct Mode [SToAD]) (12 x 128 GB, 288-pin Intel Optane DC persistent memory modules)
PMEM-To-DRAM Ratio 2.66:1 ratio Intel Optane DC persistent memory to DRAM 2.66:1 ratio Intel Optane DC persistent memory to DRAM
Boot Drive** 1 x Intel SSD DC S4510 (480 GB, 2.5-in. SATA, 6 Gb/s, 20 nm, MLC) 2 x Intel SSD DC S4510 (480 GB, 2.5-in. SATA, 6 Gb/s, 20 nm, MLC)
Cache Tier (Numa Balanced) 2 x Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X (375 GB, 2.5-in. PCIe* x4) 1,024 GB Intel Optane DC persistent memory in SToAD
Capacity Tier (Numa Balanced) 4 x Intel SSD DC P4510 (4.0 TB, 2.5-in. PCIe* 3.1 x 4, 3D2, TLC) 4 x Intel SSD DC P4510 (4.0 TB, 2.5-in. PCIe* 3.1 x 4, 3D2, TLC)
Data Network**

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

or

25 GbE dual port network adapter (iWARP)

25 GbE dual-port network adapter (iWARP)
Management Network 1 GbE switch 1 GbE switch
Intel RSTe Drivers for SATA Yes No
Windows* Server 2019 Datacenter* Edition (1809 RS5) LTSC 40 cores per node—Microsoft license cost 48 cores per node—Microsoft license cost
Applies to All Nodes
Firmware and Software Optimizations

Intel Volume Management Device (Intel VMD) enabled

Intel Turbo Boost Technology enabled

Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT Technology) enabled

Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel AVX-512) enabled

Intel Speed Shift Technology enabled

Intel Boot Guard (security) enabled

iWARP RDMA

TPM 2.0 discrete or firmware TPM (Intel Platform Trust Technology [Intel PTT]) enabled

Intel Deep Learning Boost enabled

Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) with One-Touch Activation enabled

Intel VMD enabled

Intel Turbo Boost Technology enabled

Intel HT Technology enabled

Intel AVX-512 enabled

Intel Speed Shift Technology enabled

Intel Boot Guard (security) enabled

iWARP RDMA

TPM 2.0 discrete or firmware TPM (Intel PTT) enabled

Intel Deep Learning Boost enabled

Intel TXT with One-Touch Activation enabled

Minimum Performance Standards

Verified to meet or exceed the following minimum performance capabilities:

 

520,000 IOPS; 5.6 ms read; 21.8 ms write latencies; queue depth = 8; write ratio = 30

420,000 IOPS; 1.1 ms read; 3.0 ms write latencies; queue depth = 1; write ratio=30

980,000 IOPS; 3.5 ms read; 6.2 ms write latencies; queue depth = 8; write ratio = 30

450,000 IOPS; 2.8 ms read; 3.1 ms write latencies; queue depth=1; write ratio=30

Business Value of Choosing a Plus Configuration Over a Base Configuration

With the Plus configuration of Intel Select Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI* Data Center model, businesses can achieve 20 percent more cores for computation and 90 percent higher throughput in IOPS over the base configuration.

**Recommended, not required