With the appearance of i4i nodes in VMC, I realized that I was missing a table in which I could compare all available nodes (i3, i3en, i4i) in details.
Well, let's go through the points outlined in Part 1 and Part 2 and look at an example of how testing might look end-to-end.
As I mentioned in the first part of the guide, defining the goals and success criteria is a mandatory step for a successful POC. Of course, success criteria will vary, but they all have something in common — they should follow the S.M.A.R.T. rules:
For more than ten years in the IT industry, I have conducted a lot of tests and proof-of-concepts (POC) of various storage systems. While it was a completely different type of storage — traditional FC-connected SAN storage, NAS, SDS (Software Defined Storage), and HCI (Hyper Converged Infrastructure) platforms, the challenges were nearly the same. And quite often I faced a situation where tests were not anyhow aligned with the business needs and even were technically incorrect which led to the impossibility to deliver any meaningful results.