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SoftNAS has simplified selecting your instance size by defining performance categories. By matching the performance categories below to your organization’s use case, you can make an educated choice.  The key thing to remember is that your highest requirement should always govern your decision. For example, if your use case requires deduplication, encryption, or compression, your primary consideration will likely be processing power (CoresvCPU).  If using a large amount of storage, RAM might be the primary consideration.When creating a SoftNAS Cloud instance on Azure, the default instance selection is the General Purpose option, DS4v2. Our documentation may reference this default instance selection in screenshots and in written form throughout the documentation, however, users should select an instance size based on their individual requirements.

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Performance Categories

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Memory

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Network

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vCPUs

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Recommended minimum

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General Purpose

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 28GB

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High

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8 cores

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DS12v2

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High

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56 GB

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High to Up to 10 Gigabit

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16 cores

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DS4v2

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Extreme

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140 GB or greater

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10 Gigabit to 20 Gigabit

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20 cores +

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DS14v2

 

In order to find the right instance size for your production workload, SoftNAS offers a sizing tool on their website:

https://www.softnas.com/wp/products/instance-size-recommendations/


For additional information on sizing recommendations, see the following: