This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a basic introduction to the IBM System Storage® N series, virtualization, and VMware 5.x. It explains how to use the N series with VMware vSphere 5 environments and the benefits of doing so. Examples are given on how to install and set up VMware ESXi server with the N series.
The IBM System Storage N series used as a storage foundation 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.
The information provided can be also be used as a foundation to create dynamic cloud solutions, making full use of underlying storage features and functions. This book provides a blueprint for how clients can create a virtualized infrastructure/storage cloud that will help to address current and future data storage business requirements.
IBM System Storage N series in conjunction with VMware vSphere 5 helps complete the virtualization hierarchy by providing both a server and storage virtualization solution.
Although this configuration can further assist with other areas of virtualization, networks, and applications, these areas of virtualization are not covered in detail in this book.
Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM System Storage N series
Chapter 2. Introduction to virtualization
Chapter 3. Benefits of N series with VMware vSphere 5.1
Chapter 4. Planning for N series and VMware vSphere 5.1
Chapter 5. Installing the VMware ESXi 5.1 using N series storage
Chapter 6. Installing and configuring VMware vCenter 5.1
Chapter 7. Presenting N series storage for VMware vSphere 5.1
Chapter 8. N series cloning
Chapter 9. Configuring snapshots
Chapter 10. Recovery options
Chapter 11. Backup and recovery to a separate system
Chapter 12. High availability and disaster recovery
Chapter 13. Deduplication / Compression with VMware vSphere 5.1
Chapter 14. Virtual Storage Tiering
Chapter 15. Virtual Storage Console 4.1