IBM System Storage N series with VMware vSphere 4.1

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 27 February 2012, updated 09 April 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738436461
ISBN-13: 9780738436463
IBM Form #: SG24-7636-02
(328 pages)

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Authors: Roland Tretau, Christian Prediger Appel


This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a basic introduction to the IBM System Storage® N series, virtualization, and VMware. It explains how to use the N series with VMware vSphere 4 environments and the benefits of doing so. Examples are given on how to install and set up VMware ESXi server with the N series.

This edition includes information about the Virtual Storage Console (VSC), which is another N series software product that works with VMware. VSC provides local backup and recovery capability. You have the option to replicate backups to a remote storage system by using SnapMirror relationships. Backups can be performed on individual virtual machines or on datastores with the option of updating the SnapMirror relationship as part of the backup on a per job basis. Similarly, restores can be performed at a data-store level or individual virtual machine level.

IBM System Storage N series in conjunction with VMware vSphere 4 helps complete the virtualization hierarchy by providing both a server and storage virtualization solution. Although this configuration can further assist with other areas of virtualization, networks, and applications, these areas of virtualization are not covered in detail in this book.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM System Storage N series
Chapter 2. Introduction to virtualization
Chapter 3. Benefits of N series with VMware vSphere 4.1
Chapter 4. Planning for an N series and VMware vSphere 4.1
Chapter 5. Installing the VMware ESXi 4.1 using N series storage
Chapter 6. Installing and configuring VMware vCenter 4.1
Chapter 7. Deploying LUNs on N series for VMware vSphere 4.1
Chapter 8. N series cloning
Chapter 9. Configuring snapshots
Chapter 10. Recovery options
Chapter 11. Backup and recovery to a separate system
Chapter 12. High availability and disaster recovery
Chapter 13. Deduplication with VMware vSphere 4.1
Chapter 14. Virtual Storage Console
Appendix A. Hot backup Snapshot script
Appendix B. Sample scripts for VSC

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