IBM FlashSystem V9000 and VMware Best Practices Guide

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 07 December 2015

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ISBN-10: 0738454621
ISBN-13: 9780738454627
IBM Form #: REDP-5247-00
(98 pages)

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Authors: Rawley Burbridge, Matt Levan, Dusan Telekjak, James Thompson, Axel Westphal, Karen Orlando


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes best practices for deploying IBM FlashSystem™ V9000 enterprise storage system in a VMware vSphere environment. It includes guidelines and examples of the latest FlashSystem V9000 hardware and software, integrated with VMware version 6, to demonstrate the business benefits these solutions.

Topics illustrate planning, configuring, operations, and preferred practices that include integration of FlashSystem V9000 with the VMware vCloud suite of applications:

  • vCenter Web Client (VWC)

  • vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)

  • vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)

  • vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM/SRA)

The authors also describe how to deploy a cloud-based solution with FlashSystem V9000 in an environment with VMware and IBM Spectrum™ Control Base Edition 2.1.1.

This paper is intended for presales consulting engineers, sales engineers, and IBM clients who want to deploy IBM FlashSystem V9000 in virtualized data centers that are based on VMware vSphere.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Environment overview
Chapter 2. Planning guidelines for FlashSystem V9000 and VMware
Chapter 3. General VMware best practices for FlashSystem V9000
Chapter 4. Integrated management
Chapter 5. VMware and FlashSystem V9000 multi-site guidelines
Chapter 6. Data reduction considerations

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