We have old but still decent servers running our agency website (20000 users).
Our bottleneck database on SATA SSD's in SAS and in RAID 5 (2+2 IOPS for data write).
We would like to use 2x Optane 900P PCI-e x4 in PCI-e 2.0 @ software RAID1 as secondary drive (database only).
We don't need to boot from it.
Will it work without native NVMe support?
We need IOPS over bandwidth so loosing bit of bandwidth on PCI-e 2.0 x4 isn't end of the World.
Will I need some workaround or special drivers on Ubuntu?
Thank you very much.
Thank you for your interest in the Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P Series.
You can indeed set up a RAID 1 using a couple of Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P (https://communities.intel.com/message/516242# 516242 https://communities.intel.com/message/516242# 516242), you just have to make sure your motherboard supports those SSDs.
Regarding the compatibility with Ubuntu*, the official Frequently Asked Questions for the Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P Series ( https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000025766/memory-and-storage.html) states the following:
Intel® SSD NVMe Drivers are only available for current Windows* operating systems (OS).
For Linux*, consult your OS vendor for more information about available NVMe drivers and support.
OS that contains a Native NVMe* driver should also work, but the Intel NVMe driver is preferred for Windows.
We have tested boot functionality on a subset of Linux operating systems. Functionality on all Linux-based OS is not guaranteed. If you encounter an issue, refer to the Linux vendor support page or contact support.
If you have any other question, don't hesitate to contact us.