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HPE DL380 Gen10 Hybrid SATA-SAS SFF WSSD Premium Solution

Configuration guidelines

  • 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 within this WSSD solution is permitted.
  • The cache must be configured with a minimum of 2 SATA SSDs with a size greater than or equal to 240 GB per drive.
  • The capacity must be configured with 4 to 18 SAS HDDs with a size greater than or equal to 300 GB per drive.
  • See HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 QuickSpecs for alternative drive options
  • For more information on hardware requirements, please refer to Microsoft's Storage Spaces Direct web doc - 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 2017.10.1 or newer.

Appendix

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.