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IBM Storage Virtualize and VMware: Integrations, Implementation and Best Practices

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Last updated on 19 November 2023

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IBM Form #: SG24-8549-00

Authors: Federica Donald, Vasfi Gucer, Warren Hawkins, Markus Oscheka and Jared Pateman

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication details the configuration and best practices for using the IBM Storage FlashSystem® family of storage products within a VMware environment.

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

    • VMware vSphere Web Client (vWC)
    • vSphere Storage APIs - Storage Awareness (VASA)
    • vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration (VAAI)
    • VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
    • VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC)
    • Embedded VASA Provider for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols)

    This book is intended for presales consulting engineers, sales engineers, and IBM clients who want to deploy IBM Storage FlashSystem storage systems in virtualized data centers that are based on VMware vSphere. This book is valid for IBM Storage FlashSystem storage systems running IBM Storage Virtualize Version 8.6.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Host and storage connectivity

    Chapter 3. Storage consumption

    Chapter 4. VMware and IBM Storage Virtualize Data Protection and Disaster Recovery

    Chapter 5. Embedded VASA Provider for Virtual Volumes

    Chapter 6. Overview of the new IBM Storage plugin for vSphere

    Chapter 7. IBM Storage Insights

    Chapter 8. Integrating with VMware by using IBM Spectrum Connect

    Chapter 9. Troubleshooting


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    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.