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NVMe RAID Solutions for Hyper-V Virtualization Platforms

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

Hyper-V is a Microsoft hardware virtualization solution (AKA Virtual Machine platform). Designed primarily for use with clients that require Windows-based systems, Hyper V enables an administrator to install multiple, distinct instances of an operating system (known as Virtual Machine, or VM for short) to a central server, which the clients can then access via a Cloud Service. Hyper-V enables each VM to emulate the functions of a physical computing system (such as a business laptop running Windows 11, or media workstation running Windows 10).

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BRD6200 Series: Ideal NVMe RAID Storage for VM Platforms

FnL BRD6200 AIC drives are natively supported by all major VM platforms, including Microsoft Hyper-V. The built-in boot capability, driverless installation and an IOP RAID engine with integrated RAID 0 and 1 support are ideal features for virtualization solutions.

BRD6202; Cloud

FnL BRD6200 Series NVMe AIC RAID drives are available with up to 16TB of storage capacity, which can easily host a large number of Virtual Machines installations and software suites required to emulate a wide range of hardware platforms.

In addition, BRD6200AIC drives are capable of delivering excellent random I/O performance, especially when equipped with DC-Class M.2 SSD’s.

To illustrate this, we tested the BRD6202PB with a Hyper-V server hosting three Windows 10 VMs, and one Ubuntu Server VM.

Each Windows VM was benchmarked using CrystalDiskMark 64. FIO was used to benchmark the Ubuntu VM. The BRD6202PB AIC Drive was configured as RAID 0 arrays in order to maximize transfer throughput.

Test Platform: Samsung 980PRO 1TB (2x configured as RAID 0) / ASUS WS X299 (Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-7900X CPU @3.30GHz / 32GB)

BRD6202 (Single VM Performance)

Windows 10 20H2; CrystalDiskMark 64. Seq-Read; Seq-Write;
Ubuntu Server 20.04.2; RAID0 (FIO). Seq-Read; Seq-Write;

BRD6202: (All 4 VMs operating simultaneously)

Windows 10 20H2; CrystalDiskMark 64.Ubuntu Server 20.04.2; RAID0 (FIO). Seq-Read; Seq-Write;

As shown above, both sequential and random performance results were strong, even when all four VM’s were running simultaneously.

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