vmware storage solution - Supermicro 2029UZ-TN20R25M 2U

dmaurice

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Hello All,

Was thinking of using the "Supermicro 2029UZ-TN20R25M" loaded with nvme drives as iSCSI endpoint for VMs but wanted to pick everyone's brains in regards to how to configure it.... should I slap freenas on it (what would be appropriate hba/raid card? if any?) and serve iscsi out. Or do you all recommend something else?

Looking for nvme hot -swap capabilities ...

or do you recommend something else ?
 
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Rand__

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Welcome to the forum.
It would be helpful to provide (significant) more info on the use case (# of vms, users, applications, type of apps) and requirements (minimum performance, availability requirements) and o/c the funds available for this
 

dmaurice

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currently what the load is:
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4 hosts, 68 VMs;
15 = DB (SQL)
the remaining are mix use from Terminal Servers/ Remote Desktop Sessions, Web Servers, AD Servers (dhcp,dns, ad), Desktops, etc..
Right now we Average 150 IOPS each VM

feeling like constrained by storage IOPS, was hoping to upgrade our storage, i think we are ok on compute..

budget = 8k tops
 

Rand__

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Well I dont think there is an easy answer for you with that load profile - there is a reason why there are consultants doing this kind of planning ...
There is a lot of things that would need to be considered, from running different performance layers, to how to attach the stroage, to HA, to backup requirements and a bunch more...

Are you planning on buying new or used? Don't think you'll get far if your planning on new ...
 

Net-Runner

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Since you are using NVMe drives, you should try looking at NVMe over fabrics. VMware has added support of NVMf in vSphere 7.0.
I have plans to test it, just looking for a suitable hardware. There are several target implementations. You can use Linux one:
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Or there are Windows one (I think the only one).
Hope this helps.