Tag Archive: Storage


Aug 08

The Top 10 Things You MUST Know About Storage for vSphere

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If you’re going to VMworld this year be sure and check out my session STO5545 – The Top 10 Things You MUST Know About Storage for vSphere which will be on Tuesday, Aug. 27th from 5:00-6:00 pm. The session was showing full last week but they must have moved it to a larger room as …

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Nov 28

vSphere Storage I/O Control: What it does and how to configure it

Storage is the slowest and most complex host resource, and when bottlenecks occur, they can bring your virtual machines (VMs) to a crawl. In a VMware environment, Storage I/O Control provides much needed control of storage I/O and should be used to ensure that the performance of your critical VMs are not affected by VMs …

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Nov 17

Storage I/O Bottlenecks in a Virtual Environment

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Today I wanted to highlight another white paper that I wrote for SolarWinds that is titled “Storage I/O Bottlenecks in a Virtual Environment”. I enjoyed writing this one the most as it digs really deep into the technical aspects of storage I/O bottlenecks. This white paper covers topics such as the effects of storage I/O …

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Mar 21

Managing storage for virtual desktops

Implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) involves many critical considerations, but storage may be the most vital. User experience can often determine the success of a VDI implementation, and storage is perhaps the one area that has the most impact on the user experience. If you don’t design, implement and manage your VDI storage properly, …

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Oct 05

10 tips for managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops

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Server and desktop virtualization have provided relatively easy ways to consolidate and conserve, allowing a reduction in physical systems. But these technologies have also introduced problems for data storage managers who need to effectively configure their storage resources to meet the needs of a consolidated infrastructure. Server virtualization typically concentrates the workloads of many servers …

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Aug 09

Affordable shared storage options for VMware vSphere

You can use VMware vSphere without a shared storage device, but it limits the amount of advanced features that you can use with it. Certain features in vSphere require that a virtual machine (VM) reside on a shared storage device that is accessible by multiple hosts concurrently. These features include high availability (HA), Distributed Resource …

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Feb 10

New storage toys and new storage woes

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In the last week I’ve gotten some new storage devices, both at work and at home. Unfortunately I’ve experienced problems with both and its not been as fun of a week as I would of liked. The new work storage device is a HP MSA-2312i which is the iSCSI version of their Modular Storage Array …

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May 11

Storage Links

General (Alternative) VM swap file locations Q&A (Frank Denneman) A look at the ESX I/O stack (NetApp) vSphere Storage: Features and Enhancements (Professional VMware) Storage Changes in VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4 (Stephen Foskett) Storage Changes in the VMware vSphere 4 Family (Stephen Foskett) Storage Changes in VMware vSphere 5 (Stephen Foskett) Storage Changes in …

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May 07

Storage Links

General All-in-one Storage and Virtualization Learning Guide Layers of Virtual Storage in VMware VI3: Configuration without Confusion Choosing and Architecting Storage for your Environment (VMworld 2006) iSCSI , NAS and IP Storage Configuration for Vmware ESX Server (VMworld 2006) A look at the ESX I/O Stack Improving system performance cost effectively (10 vs. 15K drives) …

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Apr 24

Top 10 things you must read about VMware Storage

SAN Configuration Guide – A big guide from VMware on SAN background, installation and management. SAN System Design and Deployment Guide – Another big guide from VMware on designing and deploying SAN environments to use with VI3. Design, Build and Manage your SAN Environment using VI3 – A VMworld 2007 presentation from VMware that discusses …

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