IBM SAN and SVC Stretched Cluster and VMware Solution Implementation

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 11 April 2013, updated 28 July 2013

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ISBN-10: 0738438138
ISBN-13: 9780738438139
IBM Form #: SG24-8072-00
(188 pages)

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Authors: Jon Tate, Angelo Bernasconi, Torben Jensen, Ian MacQuarrie, Ole Rasmussen, Matthew Robinson, Steven Tong


This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM Storage Area Network and IBM SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster solution when combined with VMware. We describe guidelines, settings, and implementation steps necessary to achieve a satisfactory implementation.

Business continuity and continuous application availability are among the top requirements for many organizations today. Advances in virtualization, storage, and networking have made enhanced business continuity possible. Information technology solutions can now be designed to manage both planned and unplanned outages, and the flexibility and cost efficiencies available from cloud computing models.

IBM has designed a solution that offers significant functionality for maintaining business continuity in a VMware environment. This functionality provides the capability to dynamically move applications across data centers without interruption to those applications.

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

  • The industry-proven VMware Metro vMotion
  • IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster solution
  • A Layer 2 IP Network and storage networking infrastructure for high performance traffic management
    DC interconnect

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Hardware and Software Description
Chapter 3. SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster Architecture
Chapter 4. Implementation
Chapter 5. VMware environment
Chapter 6. SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster diagnostics and recovery guidelines

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