IBM System Storage N series and VMware vSphere Storage Best Practices

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 20 July 2010

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ISBN-10: 0738434493
ISBN-13: 9780738434490
IBM Form #: SG24-7871-00
(150 pages)

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


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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