IBM System Storage N series and VMware vSphere Storage Best Practices

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Published on July 21, 2010

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ISBN-10: 0738434493
ISBN-13: 9780738434490
IBM Form #: SG24-7871-00


Authors: Alex Osuna, Roland Tretau, Peter Learmonth, Michael Slisinger, Vaughn Stewart and Larry Touchette

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    Abstract

    IBM® System Storage® N series technology enables companies to extend their virtual infrastructures to include the benefits of advanced storage virtualization. The N series offers unified storage solutions that provide industry-leading technologies in the areas of storage efficiencies, instantaneous virtual machine and datastore cloning for virtual servers and virtual desktops, and virtual data center backup and business continuance solutions.

    This IBM Redbooks® publication reviews the best practices for anyone who is implementing VMware® vSphere with N series unified storage arrays.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Concepts

    Chapter 2. N series configuration and setup

    Chapter 3. VMware ESX FC, FCOE, and iSCSI storage configuration

    Chapter 4. VMware native multipathing

    Chapter 5. NFS storage best practices

    Chapter 6. The N series VMware ESX Host Utilities

    Chapter 7. FC and FCoE storage networking best practices

    Chapter 8. Ethernet storage networking best practices

    Chapter 9. Configuring Ethernet storage networks

    Chapter 10. Increasing storage utilization

    Chapter 11. Virtual Machine best practices

    Chapter 12. Virtual Machine storage layout

    Chapter 13. Storage monitoring and management

    Chapter 14. Disk-based Snapshot backups for VMware

    Appendix A. Configuring SSH on VMware ESX servers and N series systems

    Appendix B. Relocating the pagefile in Windows Virtual Machines

     

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