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NVMe RAID Solutions for Proxmox Platform

Updated: Jul 6, 2022

Proxmox, like VM-Ware and Microsoft Hyper-V, is an established Virtual Machine platform. Proxmox is a Linux Debian based solution, and is most often used to host Server-based Virtual Machines (VM), rather than desktop installations. Although capable of supporting Windows operating systems, it is most often used to host Linux Distributions. As with other VM Platforms, Proxmox each hosted VM to emulate the functions of a physical computing system – servers in this case.

Our VDI applications article covers virtualization workflows and applications in more detail.

BRD6200 Series: Ideal NVMe RAID Storage for Proxmox VM Solutions

FnL BRD6200 AIC drives are natively supported by all major VM platforms, including Proxmox. 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.

We recently document Proxmox compatibility using a BRD6202PB AIC Drive. Proxmox can be easily installed to the BRD6202PB, as it will automatically recognize the AIC drive as an available disk – no driver or additional software is required.

Proxmox Virtualization Environment

FIO was used to benchmark four Ubuntu Server Virtual Machines. As with previous VM platform tests, the BRD6202PB AIC Drive was configured as RAID 0 arrays in order to illustrate maximum 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; VM Performance; Ubuntu Server 20.04.2; RAID0 (FIO). Seq-Read; Seq-Write;

As shown above, the BRD6202 was able to deliver solid sequential and random performance, even with all four Vms being used simultaneously.

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