After installing the OVF to create the SoftNAS Virtual Storage Appliance VM, configure the VM settings in accordance with best practices and network needs. The boot disk (Hard Disk 1) should be set to 30 GB, thin-provisioned.
For a quick benchmarking resource configuration, use 4 vCPUs and 4 to 8 GB of RAM. Configure storage and run benchmarking tools to observe resource utilization in the SoftNAS StorageCenter Dashboard charts and vSphere performance charts.
RAM Note: The operating system and SoftNAS consume up to 1 GB of RAM, using most of the remaining RAM for cache memory and metadata. The more RAM assigned to the VM, the better read cache performance will be, as SoftNAS will keep as much data in RAM cache as possible. Consider this resource allocation for deduplication: at least 1 GB of RAM per terabyte of deduplicated storage, to keep the deduplication tables in memory (or supplement the RAM cache with a read cache device).