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HPE DL380 Gen10 Hybrid SAS LFF WSSD Premium Solution

Configuration guidelines

  • You will achieve better storage spaces direct I/O performance with drives connected to storage controllers versus connecting drives to the storage SAS expander.
  • The P816i-a controller is the most performant storage controller with 16 PCIe lanes, supporting 16 drives. It is your best choice for achieving maximum storage spaces direct I/O performance without the use of a SAS expander.
  • Use of alternative size Cache SSDs and Capacity HDDs is supported.
  • The Cache must be configured with 2 or more SAS SSDs with a size greater than or equal to 1.6TB per drive.
  • The Capacity must be configured with 4 to 12 SAS HDDs with a size greater than or equal to 4 TB per drive.
  • See HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 QuickSpecs for alternative Drive Options
  • For more information on hardware requirements, please refer to Microsoft's Storage Space Direct Hardware requirements
  • Use of alternative boot drives other than what is specified in this configuration is supported. SDDC Premium AQ is not required for boot drives.
  • Update this WSSD Solution drivers and firmware for the Smart Arrays, Network Adapters, and Storage Drives using Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) Version 2018.0360 or newer.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends cost-efficient HPE OEM Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition licenses for a complete WSSD solution out of one hand. Alternatively, customer supplied Windows Server 2016 Datacenter licenses such as Volume License or Retail can also be used.