VMware ESX Server

Why policy is the future of storage, part 2

by dave on October 5, 2009

In my first post on policy, i tried to show what policy’s influence would be like from a top-level standpoint. We see that policy can start from a localized array standpoint and “fix” performancing or hotspot issues based on key LUN migration technologies (like EMC‘s FAST promises to do; Compellent already does this) while allowing business processes to continue “unharmed.” To a certain extent, the LUN migrations of yesteryear were an act of policy, if only to show the level of manual involvement required in order to manage a SAN. What I’d like to look at today is the concept of extending policy BEYOND a localized resource or array and looking at its impact in a global storage environment.

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For folks that were on today’s VMware Communities Roundtable live podcast, mention was made of partition alignment under VMFS & the storage array being used. To that end, here is EMC’s document on VMware ESX connectivity to EMC Symmetrix and CLARiiON storage which covers partition alignment.

Document is herePowerlink Location.

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Search Term Reviews: October 23rd Edition

by dave on October 23, 2008

Given that I’m trying to get back into a regular schedule of posting (and the relative frequency of “interesting” search phrases that lead people here), I hereby present the October 23rd Search Term Edition post!  In case you missed last week’s, you can find it here.

With further ado, let’s get started.

Search Term #1:  AX4-5

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Configuring nVidia SATA controllers for use with VMware ESX

October 16, 2008

Part of the beauty of ESX 3.x from a hardware support standpoint was the addition of SATA as a viable install media for the hypervisor and service console.  However, opening up support for SATA also included a few hiccups along the way, most related to the SATA controllers officially supported by VMware.  For folks like […]

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