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VMware Implementation with IBM System Storage DS5000

An IBM Redpaper publication


Published on 16 November 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738450251
ISBN-13: 9780738450254
IBM Form #: REDP-4609-01

Authors: Sangam Racherla, Mario David Ganem and Hrvoje Stanilovic

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    In this IBM® Redpaper™, we compiled best practices for planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining IBM Midrange storage solutions. We also compiled configurations for a VMware ESX and VMware ESXi Server-based host environment.

    Setting up an IBM Midrange Storage Subsystem is a challenging task and our principal objective in this book is to provide you with a sufficient overview to effectively enable storage area network (SAN) storage and VMWare. There is no single configuration that is satisfactory for every application or situation. However, the effectiveness of VMware implementation is enabled by careful planning and consideration. Although the compilation of this publication is derived from an actual setup and verification, we did not stress test or test for all possible use cases that are used in a limited configuration assessment.

    Because of the highly customizable nature of a VMware ESXi host environment, you must consider your specific environment and equipment to achieve optimal performance from an IBM Midrange Storage Subsystem. When you are weighing the recommendations in this publication, you must start with the first principles of input/output (I/O) performance tuning. Remember that each environment is unique and the correct settings that are used depend on the specific goals, configurations, and demands for the specific environment.

    This Redpaper is intended for technical professionals who want to deploy VMware ESXi and VMware ESX Servers with IBM Midrange Storage Subsystems.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Planning

    Chapter 1. Introduction of IBM VMware Midrange Storage Solutions

    Chapter 2. Security Design of the VMware vSphere Infrastructure Architecture

    Chapter 3. Planning the VMware vSphere Storage System Design

    Chapter 4. Planning the VMWare vSphere Server Design

    Part 2. Configuration

    Chapter 5. VMware ESXi Server and Storage Configuration

    Chapter 6. VMware Command Line Tools for Configuring vSphere ESXi Storage

    Appendix A. VMWare ESXi Fibre Channel Configuration Checklist


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