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.
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
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.