IBM FlashSystem and VMware Implementation and Best Practices Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

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Published on 16 July 2021, updated 20 July 2021

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ISBN-10: 073845981X
ISBN-13: 9780738459813
IBM Form #: SG24-8505-00

Authors: Duane Bolland, Jordan Fincher, David Green, Vasfi Gucer, Warren Hawkins, Ibrahim Alade Rufai and Leandro Torolho

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication details the configuration and best practices for using IBM's FlashSystem family of storage products within a VMware environment. This book was published in 2021 and specifically addresses Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.4 with VMware vSphere Version 7.0.

    Topics illustrate planning, configuring, operations, and preferred practices that include integration of FlashSystem storage systems with the VMware vCloud suite of applications:

    - vSphere Web Client (VWC)

    - vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)

    - vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)

    - Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

    - vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC)

    This book is intended for presales consulting engineers, sales engineers, and IBM clients who want to deploy IBM FlashSystem® storage systems in virtualized data centers that are based on VMware vSphere.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Host and storage connectivity

    Chapter 3. Storage consumption

    Chapter 4. Integration with VMware using IBM Spectrum Connect

    Chapter 5. VMware and Spectrum Virtualize multi-site guidelines

    Chapter 6. Troubleshooting


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