Using VMware vSphere with EMC VPLEX - Dell EMC

Advanced data caching utilizing large-scale SDRAM cache to improve .... rarely executed since the EMC VPLEX proactively monitors for changes to the storage .... the VMware ESX host is indeed the newly provisioned VPLEX virtual volume.
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USING VMWARE VSPHERE WITH EMC VPLEX Best Practices Planning

Abstract This white paper describes EMC® VPLEX™ features and functionality relevant to VMware® vSphere. The best practices for configuring a VMware environment to optimally leverage EMC VPLEX are also presented. The paper also discusses methodologies to migrate an existing VMware deployment to the EMC VPLEX family. July 2011

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Using VMware vSphere with EMC VPLEX

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Table of Contents Executive summary.................................................................................................. 4 Audience ............................................................................................................................ 4

EMC VPLEX overview ................................................................................................ 5 EMC VPLEX architecture ...................................................................................................... 5 EMC VPLEX family ............................................................................................................... 6 EMC VPLEX clustering architecture...................................................................................... 7

Provisioning VPLEX storage to VMware environments ............................................... 9 EMC Virtual Storage Integrator and VPLEX .............................................................. 20 Connectivity considerations ................................................................................... 22 Multipathing and load balancing ........................................................................... 25 VMware ESX version 4.x and NMP..................................................................................... 25 VMware ESX version 4.x with PowerPath/VE ..................................................................... 27 PowerPath/VE features ................................................................................................. 28 PowerPath/VE management ......................................................................................... 29 Path Management feature of Virtual Storage Integrator..................................................... 29

Migrating existing VMware environments to VPLEX ................................................. 33 Nondisruptive migrations using storage vMotion .............................................................. 33 Migration using encapsulation of existing devices............................................................ 35

VMware deployments in a VPLEX Metro environment .............................................. 41 VPLEX witness .................................................................................................................. 42 VMware cluster configuration with VPLEX witness ............................................................ 44 VMware cluster configuration ....................................................................................... 44 VMware