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Hyper-v over SMB 3.0

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I wanted to use SSD in my HP Proliant Gen 8 server, but desktop SSDs are not recommended and I noticed some folks manually mounted and able to insert SSDs into the server, but found some compatibility issues. I asked HP tech support through email, they actually called me to warn not to use desktop SSDs on HP servers, then I stopped thinking of doing it no further.

Now, we have SMB 3.0 with 10Gbps swtich and RDMA capable NICs.
I want to put a bunch (6 x 500GB) of Samsung EVO SSDs in RAID 10 into a Windows 8.1 computer and create SMB shares on it. Then, I like to create VMs from my HP Proliant server to the shares. Since I have only one HP proliant server, I don't think it will cause the problem of 5 node limited access in Windows 8.1.

In order to do this, this is my plan;

1. Buy 10 Gbps switch, 2 10Gbps RDMA NICs, 6 Samsung Evo 500GB SSDs.
2. Configure RAID 10 on Windows 8.1 computer and create SMB shares.
3. Set up network with 10Gbps switch and add 10Gbps RDMA NICs to both HP server(2012) and Windows 8.1 computer
4. Configure VMs to the shares from HP server.

What else am I missing or will this fail?
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With only 6 drives, this sounds like a lot of convoluted work for what Js ultimately limited gain. At RAid 10 with only 6 drives, you won't get the performance I think it sounds like you are expecting. Your cost per IOPS is higher than if you just bought enterprise SSD.
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Cost is  less than HP enterprise SSD.

Desktop 6G SATA SSD:
6 X 500GB is about $1500
IOPS: random read/write ~50k~90k, doing in RAID 10 will give 50k * 3= 150k

HP Enterprise 12G SAS SSD value endurance:
1 X 800GB is about $3000, so doing raid is about $7000.
IOPS: about same as desktop SSD. 50K-90K

http://h30094.www3.hp.com/product/sku/10832313

There are SATA enterprise SSD, but it will bring down bus speed of the server mixing SAS drives and SATA SSD, I heard.
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I wonder anyone built his/her cheap own SSD storage  through iSCSI or SMB 3.0 for their Hyper-v or SQL server or even clustering.
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I also understand desktop SSDs will not sustain the advertised IOPS, but drop to 1/3. I am using a single SSD for 5 VMs running on for file server, voice recording, and others. But the IOPS is OK. But I am not sure with SQL...
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