This article provides information about LSI support for configuring the LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 acceleration card with ESX/ESXi 4.1. When other LSI Host Bus Adapters become available, they will be described here also.
The new family of LSI Nytro WarpDrive application acceleration cards are designed to offer high performance with low latency and low CPU burden accelerating applications such as Web serving, data warehousing, data mining, online transaction processing and high-performance computing. Their PCIe® host interface, industry standard drivers and small form factor make them more flexible and easier to integrate into today’s low profile, high performance system chassis.
The Nytro WarpDrive cards are designed to improve the performance of applications regardless of the mix of reads and writes, especially when combined with optional Nytro XD host software. The card’s high performance means that a single Nytro WarpDrive card can do the same work as hundreds of traditional spinning hard disk drives (HDDs).
Users can enjoy a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing power consumption, space, and maintenance in enterprise systems. The Nytro WarpDrive card adds no additional moving parts to maintain and no user configuration at set-up. Additionally, the Nytro WarpDrive card offers a management infrastructure for extensive monitoring including health, error rate, and failure monitoring.
The WarpDrive acceleration card is compatible with VMware ESX/ESXi 4.x.
Note: The driver CD image can be downloaded from http://www.lsi.com/products/storagecomponents/Pages/SolidState.aspx.
The driver CD can be created by burning the image to CD ROM using any standard CD burning software.
There is no specific configuration required for WarpDrive acceleration card post installation of the driver. Post successful installation, the WarpDrive card controller and disks have to be detected by default in the ESX/ESXi host.
Installation and Configuration
Basic IO testing
You can access product documentation at http://www.lsi.com/products/storagecomponents/Pages/SolidState.aspx.
Customers can submit a support request ticket by login in at http://www.lsi.com/support/Pages/submitsupportrequest.aspx and entering the requested information. Customers usually create an account on the LSI website to be able to enter a Support Request. Customers can also email their support request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to engage LSI for support escalation, submit a Support Request either by e-mail or phone. You need to provide the serial number of the LSI product that you have purchased. If a failed part is identified, be prepared to also provide this information for a parts request:
If a replacement part has been prescribed, a part will be dispatched to your site. Also included will be further information, if necessary, on how to replace the component, as well as instructions on how to return your failed part.Based on VMware KB 2012308