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.
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