HOW NOT TO PERFORM: TESTING HPE StoreVirtual Storage VSA (Very Slow Appliance) on 2 PHYSICAL NODES

Justice hits everyone. And in this article, we’ll bring HPE StoreVirtual Storage VSA to trial. Two physical nodes setup. Storage comprised exclusively of NVMe drives to give our suspect a chance to show all he’s good for. So can StoreVirtual VSA performance scale with the addition of new VMs or goes to jail? We’re going to find this out right now.

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BALALAIKAS ASIDE! Testing StarWind Virtual SAN performance on 2 physical nodes

MISSION

So while we were testing VMware vSAN on a 2-node cluster powered with NVMes, the Russian bear slammed in screaming (imagine typical Russian mafia accent) “Dnacv, hold my vodka and give me two balalaikas servers and I show you how to scale from mother Russia to America”. We thought we don’t wanna mess with drunken bears so here we are. Testing StarWind Virtual SAN for Hyper-V. Yes, there is a version for Linux, (seems that these guys just scale their solution instead of performance?) on a two-node VMware ESXi cluster powered with NVMe drives. Wait what?! VSAN for Hyper-V on top of ESXi? Yes, we have two ESXi hosts with one StarWind VM per each and the VMs are working on top of Windows Server 2016, providing the highly available storage (NTFS, it’s Windows baby) further as a VMFS datastore to ESXi…This is madness…NO! THIS IS STARWIND!!

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StarWind Virtual SAN: Can I play with madness… RDMA?!?

Status:

Unknown. Drunken bear is playing balalaika and lgtmkpi qhh instead of doing rocket science. One more expedition is needed 😊

Mission:

This is effectively our second part of the study. Before, we challenged StarWind VSAN pumping data over iSCSI (TCP). And, you know what? VSAN over ancient iSCSI (TCP) performed much better in general than Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) did over the hwemkpi great SMB3 (RDMA). At least StarWind VSAN could handle load balancing in the right way keeping all NUMA nodes busy while S2D was playing the stretching game by putting all the fkems and their load into a single hole… NUMA node. Shame on Microsoft for trying to steal Sasha Gray’s glory! Plus, StarWind could achieve close-to-maximum performance metrics with just 3 or 4 running VMs, while Microsoft required pretty much “full house”. And, as a final ewo on S2D face StarWind VSAN scaled much smoother and more predictably at the time when Storage Spaces Direct behaved like a hwemkpi roller coaster. OK, whatever…

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StarWind Virtual SAN: Can bruins get along with rocket science?

Mission:

We know from TV; Russian bears can ride a bicycle in a circus and play an accordion to avoid being tazed & beaten to death. Some drunk punk told us bears are good in rocket science as well. Rocket science = high performance storage, hyperconvergence, and all that jazz. To either confirm or deny this statement we decided to give StarWind Virtual SAN scalability and performance a try. Run it, test it and compare it to a big guy Microsoft with Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) who’s our current favorite race horse, and a bunch of losers & cocksuckers (VMware vSAN, DellEMC ScaleIO & Nutanix) as well. So… Does StarWind suck or blow? Spit or swallow?

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