INTEL® VROC

A Direct Connection between NVMe Flash Storage and Scalable CPUs

  • Low Latency
  • Scalability
  • Ultra High Bandwidth

INTEL® VIRTUAL RAID ON CPU (INTEL VROC)

Intel VROC is an enterprise, hybrid RAID solution, specifically designed for NVMe SSDs connected directly to the CPU.

VROC provides compelling RAID performance that unleashes the full potential of NVMe drives without the need for additional hardware.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Unleashes performance potential of NVMe SSDs in RAID arrays
  • Enterprise level RAID data protection
  • Scalable RAID for growth on demand
  • Supports up to 24 NVMe SSDs directly attached to CPUs on a dual socket server
  • Provides support for rich management tools for easy maintenance

Scalable RAID for Growth on Demand
A single Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor using Intel® VROC is capable of supporting up to 12 NVMe SSDs directly attached to the CPU, and up to 6 RAID arrays. On dual socket system configurations, that amount doubles. In addition, Intel® VROC supports both boot volumes and data volumes, enabling the flexibility to use one array for both system and data volumes, or separating the arrays respectively. Although a boot RAID array needs to be within a VMD controller, data RAID arrays can span across multiple Intel® VMD controllers, or even span across different processors on the same system. With a multitude of supported configurations, Intel® VROC allows NVMe RAID solutions to start small, then scale simply and cost effectively.

Rich Management Tools for Easy Maintenance
Intel® VROC management tools support today’s modernized data center infrastructure. Intel® VROC allows data center administrators to create and delete RAID volumes in both pre-OS and OS environments. RAID settings can be configured with either a user interface or command line, plus the arrays can be managed locally or remotely through a web-based RESTful agent.

NVMe-based SSD management has never been easier. With support for surprise hot-plug, there is no need to reboot the server to replace a failed drive. Using the status indicator LED, administrators can visually identify the RAID status (normal, initialization, degraded, or fail), as well as locate a particular drive in hundreds of SSDs. Automatic email notifications are triggered to alert administrators of events requiring attention.

Reliable RAID for Data Protection
For enterprises, it’s critical to protect data when power loss occurs unexpectedly. Intel® VROC takes that a step further. Data remains safe when RAID 5 is in a degraded state and power loss occurs at the same time. Most RAID solutions avoid this problem by requiring a backup power unit, which adds additional cost. Intel® VROC solves this double fault challenge using a patent-pending journaling, without the need of backup power unit.

VROC delivers

  • Quicker Access To Data
  • Faster Decision Making
  • Increased Productivity
  • Faster ROI

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