IBM Spectrum Virtualize and SAN Volume Controller Enhanced Stretched Cluster with VMware

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 27 October 2015, updated 19 December 2016

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ISBN-10: 0738441104
ISBN-13: 9780738441108
IBM Form #: SG24-8211-01
(192 pages)

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Authors: Jon Tate, Angelo Bernasconi, Antonio Rainero, Ole Rasmussen


This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM storage area network (SAN) and IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize, and SAN Volume Controller Enhanced Stretched Cluster configuration when combined with VMware. It describe guidelines, settings, and implementation steps necessary to achieve a satisfactory implementation.

Business continuity and continuous availability of applications are among the top requirements for many organizations today. Advances in virtualization, storage, and networking make enhanced business continuity possible. Information technology solutions can now be designed to manage both planned and unplanned outages, and to take advantage of the flexibility, efficient use of resources, and cost savings that cloud computing offers.

The IBM Enhanced Stretched Cluster design offers significant functions for maintaining business continuity in a VMware environment. You can dynamically move applications across data centers without interruption to those applications.

The live application mobility across data centers relies on these products and technologies:

  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize and SAN Volume Controller Enhanced Stretched Cluster Solution
  • VMware Metro vMotion for live migration of virtual machines
  • A Layer 2 IP Network and storage networking infrastructure for high-performance traffic management
  • Data center interconnection

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Hardware and software descriptions
Chapter 3. Enhanced Stretched Cluster architecture
Chapter 4. Implementation
Chapter 5. VMware environment
Chapter 6. Enhanced Stretched Cluster diagnostic and recovery guidelines

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