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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 VMware vSphere 5.1 (Stephen Foskett)
Everything you need to know about vSphere and data storage (Storage Magazine)
10 tips for managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops (Storage Magazine)
Best Practices for Designing Highly Available Storage – Host Perspective (Stretch Cloud)
Best Practices for Designing Highly Available Storage – FC SAN Perspective (Stretch Cloud)
Best Practices for Designing Highly Available Storage – iSCSI SAN Perspective (Stretch Cloud)
Best Practices for Designing Highly Available Storage – Network for iSCSI (Stretch Cloud)
Best Practices for Designing Highly Available Storage – Storage LUNs (Stretch Cloud)
Best Practices for Designing Highly Available Storage – Overall Storage System (Stretch Cloud)
vSphere and 2TB LUNs – changes from VI3.x (Virtual Geek)
Data Compression, Deduplication, & Single Instance Storage (Virtual Storage Guy)
vSphere Introduces the Plug-n-Play SAN (Virtual Storage Guy)
Storage Basics – Part I: An Introduction (VM Today)
Storage Basics – Part II: IOPS (VM Today)
Storage Basics – Part III: RAID (VM Today)
Storage Basics – Part IV: Interface (VM Today)
Storage Basics – Part V: Controllers, Cache and Coalescing (VM Today)
Storage Basics – Part VI: Storage Workload Characterization (VM Today)
Storage Basics – Part VII: Storage Alignment (VM Today)
Storage Basics – Part VIII – The Difference in Consumer vs. Enterprise Class Disks and Storage Arrays (VM Today)
Storage Basics – Part IX: Alternate IOPS Formula (VM Today)
Improve Storage Efficiency and Management with VMware vSphere 4 (VMware)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 4.0 -Storage (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 4.1 – Storage (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 – Storage (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Storage (VMware Tech Paper)
VMware vSphere 4: Exchange Server on NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel (VMware)
Advanced VMkernel Settings for Disk Storage (VMware vSphere Blog)
Ye olde Controller, Target, Device (ctd) Numbering (VMware vSphere Blog)
How much storage can I present to a Virtual Machine? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Best Practice: How to correctly remove a LUN from an ESX host (VMware vSphere Blog)
Should I defrag my Guest OS? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Misaligned VMs? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Guest OS Partition Alignment (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage Oversubscription Technologies (Xtravirt)

vStorage APIs

VAAI (Array Integration)

VAAI Comparison – Block versus NAS (Cormac Hogan)
VMware vSphere 4.1 vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) understanding
(GeekSilver)
VAAI and Deployment – a Practical Example (NTPro.nl)
VMware VAAI pros and cons and the hidden fourth primitive (SearchVMware.com)
VMware VAAI Storage Array Support in Plain English (Stephen Foskett)
A Complete List of VMware VAAI Primitives (Stephen Foskett)
Exploring the performance benefits of VAAI (The Lower Case w)
vSphere 4.1 – What do the “vStorage APIs for Array Integration” mean to you? (Virtual Geek)
vSphere 4.1 and vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) (Virtual Storage Guy)
VMware vSphere VAAI Demo with NetApp (Virtual Storage Guy)
VAAI and the Unlimited VMs per Datastore Urban Myth (Virtualization Evangelist)
vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) (VMTN)
vStorage APIs for Array Integration FAQ (VMware KB)
VAAI Offloads and KAVG Latency (VMware vSphere Blog)
Low Level VAAI Behaviour (VMware vSphere Blog)
A brief history of VAAI & how VMware is contributing to T10 standards (VMware vSphere Blog)
VAAI Offload Failures & the role of the VMKernel Data Mover (VMware vSphere Blog)
VAAI Thin Provisioning Block Reclaim/UNMAP Issue (VMware vSphere Blog)
VAAI Thin Provisioning Block Reclaim/UNMAP In Action (VMware vSphere Blog)
VAAI Thin Provisioning Block Reclaim/UNMAP is back in 5.0U1 (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration (VAAI) (VMware Tech Paper)
VAAI sweetness (Yellow Bricks)
Using ESXTOP to check VAAI primitive stats (Yellow Bricks)
vStorage APIs for Array Integration aka VAAI (Yellow Bricks)

VASA (Storage Awareness)

What is VMware VASA? Not Much (Yet) (Stephen Foskett)

VAMP (Multi-pathing)

Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Deep-Dive – Part 1 (Cormac Hogan)
Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Deep-Dive – Part 2 (Cormac Hogan)
VMware PSP and SATP in Plain English
(Stephen Foskett)
Configure VMware ESX(i) Round Robin on EMC Storage (boche.net)
What’s that ALUA exactly? (Yellow Bricks)
Pluggable Storage Architecture, exploring the next version of ESX/vCenter (Yellow Bricks)
A couple important (ALUA and SRM) notes (Virtual Geek)
Understanding more about NMP RR and iooperationslimit=1 (Virtual Geek)
vSphere Introduces the Plug-n-Play SAN (Virtual Storage Guy)
VMware PSA, MPP, NMP, PSP, MRU, … And Tutti Quanti! (DeinosCloud)
Best practices for HP EVA, vSphere 4 and Round Robin multi-pathing (Ivobeerens.nl)
vSphere Round Robin MultiPathing (Phil the Virtualizer)
Multipathing policies in ESX 4.x (VMware KB)
Did you know that you can now prioritize I/O Paths in the event of a failover? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Configuration Settings for ALUA Devices (VMware vSphere Blog)
Path failure and related SATP/PSP behaviour (VMware vSphere Blog)

N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)

NPIV: N-Port ID Virtualization (VMware vSphere Blog)
Configuring and Troubleshooting N-Port ID Virtualization (VMware Tech Paper)

Performance

vStorage: Troubleshooting Performance (Professional VMware)
Benchmarking Storage for VMware (Peacon)
Avoid Storage I/O Bottlenecks With vCenter and Esxtop (Petri)
Calculate IOPS in a storage array (Tech Republic)
Performance Troubleshooting VMware vSphere – Storage (Virtual Insanity)
Comparing the I/O Performance of 2 or more Virtual Machines SSD, SATA & IOmeter (Vinf.net)
Storage System Performance Analysis with Iometer (VMware)
Poor performance and high disk latency with some storage configurations (VMware KB)
vSOM: A Framework for Virtual Machine-centric Analysis of End-to-End Storage IO Operations (VMware Labs Tech Paper)
Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.1 (VMware Tech Paper)
Storage I/O Performance on VMware vSphere 5.1 over 16 Gigabit Fibre Channel (VMware Tech Paper)
Storage Workload Characterization and Consolidation in Virtualized Environments (VMware Tech Pub)
An Analysis of Disk Performance in VMware ESX Virtual Machines (VMware Tech Pub)
IOPs? (Yellow Bricks)

Protocols

General

iSCSI Beats Fibre Channel at Interop 2011 (Video)
Storage Protocol Comparison – A vSphere Perspective (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage Protocol Comparison (VMware Tech Paper)
The Debate-Why NFS vs Block Access for OS/Applications (vTexan)

iSCSI

A “Multivendor Post” on using iSCSI with VMware vSphere (Virtual Geek)
A “Multivendor Post” to help our mutual iSCSI customers using VMware (Virtual Geek)
Using iSCSI storage with vSphere (Storage Magazine)
Configuring VMware vSphere Software iSCSI with Dell Equallogic PS Series Storage (Equallogic)
How to Configure Openfiler iSCSI Storage for VMware ESX 4 (Xtravirt)
Putting your storage to the test – Part 1 iSCSI on Iomega IX4-200D (Gabe’s Virtual World)
How-to connect ESX4, vSphere to Openfiler iSCSI NAS (Vladan.fr)
EMC Virtual Infrastructure for Exchange 2007 using vSphere 4.0 and iSCSI (EMC)
How to setup basic software iSCSI for VMware vSphere (video)
iSCSI Design Considerations and Deployment Guide (VMware)
Converged Storage Infrastructure for VMware vSphere 4.1 (Broadcom)
Why can you not use NIC Teaming with iSCSI Binding? (VMware vSphere Blog)
How to configure ESXi to boot via Software iSCSI? (VMware vSphere Blog)
iSCSI Advanced Settings (VMware vSphere Blog)
Configuring Proper vSphere iSCSI Multipathing via Binding VMkernel Ports [Video] (Wahl Network)

NFS

NFS Best Practices – Part 1: Networking (Cormac Hogan)
NFS Best Practices – Part 2: Advanced Settings (Cormac Hogan)
NFS Best Practices – Part 3: Interoperability Considerations (Cormac Hogan)
NFS Best Practices – Part 4: Sizing Considerations (Cormac Hogan)
A “Multivendor Post” to help our mutual NFS customers using VMware (Virtual Geek)
Using NAS for virtual machines (Storage Magazine)
Putting your storage to the test Part 2 NFS on Iomega IX4-200D (Gabe’s Virtual World)
Best Practices for Running vSphere on NFS Storage (VMware)
NFS Block Sizes, Transfer Sizes & Locking (VMware vSphere Blog)
Load Balancing with NFS and Round-Robin DNS (VMware vSphere Blog)
Best Practices for Running vSphere on NFS Storage (VMware Tech Paper)
Republished: Dispelling Some VMware over NFS Myths (Scott Lowe)
Reasons For Using NFS With VMware Virtual Infrastructure (VM/ETC)

Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

“FCoE vs. iSCSI – Making the Choice” from Interop Las Vegas 2011 (Stephen Foskett)
VMware ESX FCoE CNA Compatibility in Plain English (Stephen Foskett)
How FCoE and iSCSI Fit into Your Storage Strategy (NetApp Tech OnTap)
Fibre Channel over Ethernet in the Data Center: An Introduction (Cisco)
VMware’s Software FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) Adapter (VMware vSphere Blog)

SAN/Fiber Channel

SAN System Design and Deployment Guide (VMware)
Configuring and Troubleshooting N-Port ID Virtualization (VMware)

pvSCSI

More Bang for Your Buck with PVSCSI (Part 1) (Virtual Insanity)
More Bang for your Buck with PVSCSI (Part 2) (Virtual Insanity)
Boot from Paravirtualized SCSI Adapter (Xtravirt)
Configuring disks to use VMware Paravirtual SCSI (PVSCSI) adapters (VMware KB)

Raw Device Mappings (RDMs)

Physical RDM to VMDK Migration Feature (VMware vSphere Blog)
Migrating RDMs, and a question for RDM Users (VMware vSphere Blog)

Snapshots

Storage vMotion, Storage DRS & Virtual Machine Snapshots Interoperability (VMware vSphere Blog)

Solid-State Disks (SSDs)

Understanding TLC NAND (Anandtech)
An Introduction to Flash Technology (Cormac Hogan)
Storage 101: Flash Storage Myths and Facts (Enterprise Storage Guide)
What is the difference between MLC Flash and eMLC Flash, and is it required for Enterprise Flash? (Hu’s Blog)
Anatomy of SSDs (Linux Magazine)
NAND Flash Primer (Micron)
How Solid State Drives are Made (Micron)
Flash Memory Reliability – Read, Program, and Erase Latency Versus Endurance Cycling (NASA)
Increasing Flash SSD Reliability (Silicon Systems)
E‐MLC vs. MLC NAND Flash (Smart Storage Systems)
Making the case for solid-state storage (Storage Magazine)
The truth about SSD performance benchmarks (Storage Magazine)
NAND vs. NOR Flash Memory Technology Overview (Toshiba)
FAQ: Using SSDs with ESXi (VMware Front Experience)

Storage DRS

Storage DRS, more than I/O load-balancing only (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage DRS Affinity & Anti-Affinity Rules (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage DRS and Storage Array Feature Interoperability (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMware vSphere Storage DRS Interoperability (VMware Tech Paper)
Storage DRS: Automated Management of Storage Devices In a Virtualized Datacenter (VMware Labs Tech Paper)
Should I use many small LUNs or a couple large LUNs for Storage DRS? (Yellow Bricks)

Storage I/O Control

Debunking Storage I/O Control Myths (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage I/O Control Enhancements in vSphere 5.0 (VMware vSphere Blog)
Using both Storage I/O Control & Network I/O Control for NFS (VMware vSphere Blog)
Performance Implications of Storage I/O Control-Enabled NFS Datastores in VMware vSphere 5.0 (VMware Tech Paper)
Storage IO Control Technical Overview & Considerations for Deployment (VMware Tech Paper)

Storage vMotion

Answering some Storage vMotion questions (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage vMotion of a Virtualized SQL Server Database (VMware Tech Paper)
The Design and Evolution of Live Storage Migration in VMware ESX (VMware Tech Paper)

Thin Provisioning

Dynamic Storage Provisioning (VMware)
Thin Provisioning – What’s the scoop? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Thin Provisioning Storage Choices (Virtualization Evangelist)
VMware ESX 4 Reclaiming Thin Provisioned disk Unused Space (Virtualization Team)

Vendor Specific

EMC

Storage Protocol Choices & Storage Best Practices for vSphere (EMC Presentation)
Using EMC VNX Storage with VMware vSphere (EMC Tech Paper)
EMC Powerpath/VE for VMware vSphere Best Practices planning (EMC Tech Paper)
EMC VPLEX – vSphere 5.1 Stretched Cluster Best Practices (Virtualization Team)
Implementing EMC Symmetrix Virtual Provisioning with VMware vSphere (VMware Tech Paper)

HP

HP P4000 LeftHand SAN Solutions with VMware vSphere Best Practices (VMware Tech Paper)
VMware vSphere VAAI for HP LeftHand Storage performance benefits (HP Tech Paper)
Best practices for deploying VMware vSphere 5 with VMware High Availability and Fault Tolerance on HP LeftHand Multi-Site SAN cluster (HP Tech Paper)
Implementing VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster with HP LeftHand Multi-Site storage (HP Tech Paper)
HP 3PAR Storage and VMware vSphere 5 best practices (HP Tech Paper)
VMware vSphere VAAI for HP 3PAR Storage performance benefits (VMware Tech Paper)
3PAR Utility Storage with VMware vSphere (VMware Tech Paper)
HP Enterprise Virtual Array Storage and VMware vSphere 4.0, 4.1 and 5.x configuration best practices (HP Tech Paper)

NetApp

NetApp TR-3808 – VMware vSphere and ESX 3.5 Multiprotocol Performance Comparison Using FC, iSCSI, and NFS (NetApp)
NetApp Storage Best Practices for VMware vSphere (Netapp)

Virtual Disk

Extending an EagerZeroedThick Disk (VMware vSphere Blog)
2TB VMDKs on Upgraded VMFS-3 to VMFS-5. Really? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Virtual Disk Format 5.0 (VMware Tech Paper)

Virtual Volumes (vVols)

Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) Tech Preview [with video] (VMware vSphere Blog)
What is Software Defined Storage? A VMware TMM Perspective (VMware vSphere Blog)

VDI

VDI User Sizing Example (EMC)
Space-Efficient Sparse Virtual Disks and VMware View (My Virtual Cloud)
Clearing up Space-Efficient Virtual Disk questions (My Virtual Cloud)
Managing storage for virtual desktops (Storage Magazine)
VDI and Storage: Deep Impact (Virtuall.eu)
A closer look at the View Storage Accelerator [incl. Video] (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMFS File Locking and Its Impact in VMware View 5.1 (VMware Tech Paper)
Storage Considerations for VMware View (VMware Tech Paper)
View Storage Accelerator in VMware View 5.1 (VMware Tech Paper)

VMFS

VMFS Extents – Are they bad, or simply misunderstood? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Exactly how big can I make a single-extent VMFS-5 datastore? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Some useful vmkfstools ‘hidden’ options (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMFS Locking Uncovered (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMFS Heap Considerations (VMware vSphere Blog)
Something I didn’t known about VMFS sub-blocks (VMware vSphere Blog)
Upgraded VMFS-5: Automatic Partition Format Change (VMware vSphere Blog)
What could be writing to a VMFS when no Virtual Machines are running? (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMware vStorage Virtual Machine File System – Technical Overview and Best Practices (VMware Tech Paper)
VMware vSphere VMFS-5 Upgrade Considerations (VMware Tech Paper)

vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC)

vSphere Metro Storage Cluster solutions and PDL’s? (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Case Study (VMware Tech Paper)
vSphere Metro Storage Cluster – Uniform vs Non-Uniform (Yellow Bricks)

vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)

vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) Resilience – Network Outage Scenario #1: Back End (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) Resilience – Network Outage Scenario #2: Front End (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) – Introduction (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Storage Appliance – Can I run vCenter on a VSA cluster member? (VMware vSphere Blog)
Performance of VSA in VMware Sphere 5 (VMware Tech Paper)
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Technical Deep Dive (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance 5.1 (VMware Tech Paper)

vSphere 5.0 Blog Series

vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 1 – VMFS-5 (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 2 – Storage vMotion (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 3 – VAAI (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 4 – Storage DRS – Initial Placement (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 5 – Storage DRS – Balance On Space Usage (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 6 – Storage DRS – Balance On I/O Metrics (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 7 – VMFS-5 & GPT (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 8 – Handling the All Paths Down (APD) condition (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 9 – Snapshot Consolidate (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 10 – VASA – vSphere Storage APIs – Storage Awareness(VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 11 – Profile Driven Storage (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 12 – iSCSI Multipathing Enhancements (VMware vSphere Blog)

vSphere 5.1 Blog Series

vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 1: VMFS-5 (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 2: SE Sparse Disks (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 3: vCloud Director (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 4: All Paths Down (APD) (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 5: Storage Protocols (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 6: IODM & SSD Monitoring (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 7: Storage vMotion (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 8: Storage I/O Control (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 9: Storage DRS (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 10: 5 Node MSCS Support (Cormac Hogan)

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