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How to Select SSDs for Host Side Caching for VMware – Type, Model, Size, Source and Raid Level ?

Go with enterprise grade and not consumer grade SATA SSDs. And deploy the SSD behind a good Raid controller (queue depth > 128). Samsung SM863a and Intel S4600 are good choices (as of 2018). Also, don't skimp on the Raid controller since you don't want it to choke before the SSD does. Though this article is in the context of using SSDs with VirtuCache (our Host Side Caching software for VMware that improves the performance of any SAN based storage appliance), these principles apply to the...