Demartek Evaluation: Dell EMC vSAN Mixed Enterprise Workloads with Toshiba SSDs
Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is a newer technology where a cluster of hypervisor server nodes are deployed in a single chassis containing tightly-integrated server, networking, and storage technology. VMware vSAN manages HCI distributed storage and is part of the VMware vSphere Hypervisor. Dell EMC provides VMware vSAN Ready Nodes that combine a wide range of Dell hardware and VMware vSAN software into a ready-to-order package, with Toshiba PX05S Series 12Gb/s SAS SSDs. These Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are validated and configured to meet your hyper-converged workload needs, including value-optimized configurations for smaller projects, storage-dense configurations that require large storage capacities or compute-dense solutions for compute-intensive workloads. Dell certifies its vSAN ready node on 2U dual processor Dell EMC R730 servers which are suitable for multiple application workloads.
Demartek deployed a three-node all-flash Dell EMC vSAN cluster with Dell PowerEdge R730 servers. The performance of this cluster should be the same as that of a cluster of Dell EMC vSAN ready nodes. Each server had 5 Toshiba PX05S Series 3.84 TB 12Gb/s SAS SSDs and was running VMware ESXi 6.5. Across the virtual machines (VMs) running on this cluster, several enterprise workloads were deployed including:
- VMware vCenter
- Windows Server Active Directory
- 3x Microsoft SQL Server
- Microsoft Exchange Jetstress (4000 mailboxes with heavy I/O profile)
- File server and clients
- Web server simulation
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