The Lightning series is the first Microsoft WSSD-certified and Intel Select Solution with Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct. It leverages the Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Family, Intel® Optane™ Technology and NVM Express (NVMe™) to deliver breakthrough performance and incredible responsiveness, with greater VM density.
- Breakthrough performance with 30% greater IOPS performance (over the previous generation) for write-intensive workloads by leveraging Intel® Optane™ SSDs that are NVMe-based for the fast cache tier for Window Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct.
- Increased responsiveness with dramatically reduced disk latency with Intel® Optane™ Technology that delivers one thousandth the latency of NAND flash memory with ten times the density of DRAM memory.
- Greater VM density per cluster with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Family, delivering up to 28 cores per processor, 18 DIMMS per CPU memory density and 224 physical cores for a 4-node Storage Space HCI deployment.
- Highest network efficiency and throughput with SMB3 RDMA fabric delivering 2x throughput compared to TCP/IP, less than 1 µsec latency from VM-to-VM communication, and fewer CPU cycles per I/O with better core utilization.
Every TracSystem HCI is pre-configured with DataON MUST (Management Utility Software Tool) infrastructure visibility, monitoring and management software, which provides SAN-like storage monitoring features and system alerts based on Windows Health Service faults. The inclusion of MUST is what completes a Windows Server 2016 solution as a viable SAN replacement.