IBM FlashSystem and VMware Implementation and Best Practices Guide - Updated for IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.5

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


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IBM Form #: SG24-8505-01

Authors: Duane Bolland, Nezih Boyacioglu, 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. First version of this book was published in 2021 and specifically addressed IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.4 with VMware vSphere Version 7.0. This is the second version of this book and includes all enhancements available with IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.5.

    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)

    - Embedded VASA Provider for Virtual Volumes (vVols)

    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. Embedded VASA Provider for Virtual Volumes (vVols)

    Chapter 7. IBM Storage Insights

    Chapter 8. Troubleshooting


    Special Notices

    The material included in this document is in DRAFT form and is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind. IBM is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the material, and may update the document at any time. The final, published document may not include any, or all, of the material included herein. Client assumes all risks associated with Client's use of this document.