Deploying Sunlight on-premise
Sunlight can be deployed in your datacentre on-premise. In this section we present the minimum guidelines for deploying a Sunlight cluster and also provide links to some pre-certified platforms from well-known vendors.
The minimal recommended specs for a Sunlight cluster are as follows.
Minimum Server recommended specs
|Component||Minimum Recommended Units|
|CPU type||Single or dual socket Intel Xeon or AMD Epyc|
|Number of CPU cores||8 cores or higher|
|System Memory||64GB or more|
|Boot device||128GB SSD|
|VM storage capacity tier||2 x 1TB NVMe or higher capacity|
|Network interfaces||2 x 10gbit Intel X550 or X540 family NICs|
Sunlight strongly recommend utilising 10gbit switch infrastructure for network connectivity to the servers.
Redundant switches should be provided if network path high availability is required.
Any 10 gbit switch such as Netgear Prosafe are suitable.
The Sunlight on-premise product runs optimally on Intel architecture servers (Intel Xeon or AMD EPYC processors) with a minimum of 64GB RAM, all flash NVMe storage and dual Intel 10GBit NICs (X550 and X540 family). Most existing or off-the-shelf servers can be configured this way (note the links in the section below on Add-on components). Sunlight performs best in such a configuration since the data and network paths are fully optimised to run virtual workloads with baremetal performance.
Following is a list of new servers from well-known vendors that meet the recommended configuration. For add-on components to existing any-brand servers see the component list at the end of the page.
|Vendor||System ID||Configuration Guidelines|
|R165 F5||Further information here|
|R365 F5||Further information here|
|R385 F5||Further information here|
|W2000h-W370h F4||Further information here|
|HNS2600BPB24 (H2000P chassis)||BIOS configuration guide here|
|HNS2600BPB24R (H2000P chassis)||BIOS configuration guide here|
|SYS-1029U-TN10RT||Further information here|
|PowerEdge 640||Further information here|
|ProLiant DL380 Gen10||Further information here|
Add-on components to make any brand of server compatible
|Vendor||Component ID||Configuration Guidelines|
|Network Interface Cards (NICs)|
|Intel||X520-DA2||Dual port 10Gbit SFP PCI Express NIC card (e.g. purchase here)|
|Intel||X540-T2||Dual port 10Gbit RJ-45 PCI Express NIC card (e.g. purchase here)|
|NVMe HBA adapters|
|I/O CREST||I/O CREST Bifurcation SI-PEX40151 card||Dual SFF port connectors to enable U.2 NVMe drive add-on support (e.g. purchase here)|
|I/O CREST||I/O CREST Bifurcation SI-PEX40129 card||Dual M.2 drive connectors to enable NVMe drive add-on support (e.g. purchase here)|
|Supermicro||AOC-SHG3-4M2P||Quad M.2 NVMe drive carrier HBA card. For more details see here|