IBM SAN Volume Controller Enhanced Stretched Cluster with VMware

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available


This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM storage area network (SAN) and IBM
SAN Volume Controller enhanced stretched cluster configuration when combined with
VMware. We 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 System Storage® 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
  • Data center interconnection

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Hardware and software descriptions
Chapter 3. SAN Volume Controller enhanced stretched cluster architecture
Chapter 4. Implementation
Chapter 5. VMware environment
Chapter 6. SAN Volume Controller enhanced stretched cluster diagnostic and recovery guidelines

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Publish Date
17 February 2014

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