Tag Archive: Storage

Aug 08 2013

The Top 10 Things You MUST Know About Storage for vSphere


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 2011

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 2011

Storage I/O Bottlenecks in a Virtual Environment


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 2011

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 2010

10 tips for managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops


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 2010

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 2010

New storage toys and new storage woes


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 2009

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 2009

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 2008

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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