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HPE Nimble Storage AF60 on Speed!

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 I am just finishing the upgrade of a pair of Nimble AF60 All Flash arrays to now run with an SCM Module for even better performance and I wanted to share the installation steps and some first impressions. Adding SCM is as of now only possible to AF60 and AF80 Systems and requires a minimum software version of 5.2. There is a good post from Stephen that is detailed what´s all about: https://community.hpe.com/t5/around-the-storage-block/accelerate-transactional-workloads-with-storage-class-memory/ba-p/7090551 The SCM modules are 1,5 TB Intel Optane Cards in a PCIe x4 formfactor so you need at least one free slot in your AF to get things going. Recommendation is also to use Slot 2 for the SCM Module. Installation process in a rough overview is as following: Update to 5.2 if you haven´t done yet halt standby controller unplug cables from the halted controller and remove it from the chassis insert SCM card to the controller plug controller and cables back in and wait for it to be booted an