XIV Storage System in a VMware Environment

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 20 March 2013

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IBM Form #: REDP-4965-00
(210 pages)

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Authors: Mark Kremkus, Peter Kisich, Thomas Peralto, Bert Dufrasne, Markus Oscheka


The IBM® XIV® Storage System is an excellent choice for VMware storage requirements. XIV achieves consistent high performance by balancing the workload across physical resources. This paper includes information about the following topics:
-XIV Storage System and VMware Integration Concepts
-XIV Storage System and VMware Implementation Best Practices
-XIV Storage System integration harnessing VMware APIs including:
----vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)
----vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA)
----vStorage API for Data Protection(VADP) interfacing with Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® Manager (FCM) and Tivoli Storage Manager for
Virtualization Environments (TSM for VE)
-Connection for ESX version 3.5, ESX/ESXi version 4.x, and ESXi 5.0/5.1
-The IBM vCenter plug-in
-The XIV Storage Replication Adaptor (SRA)
-VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

This IBM Redpaper™ is intended for those who want to plan, design, and configure an XIV based storage solution in a VMware environment.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. XIV Storage System with VMware
Chapter 2. XIV and VMware Integration
Chapter 3. VMware vStorage APIs Array Integration
Chapter 4. Attaching VMware ESX to XIV
Chapter 5. IBM Storage Management Console for VMware vCenter
Chapter 6. Data Protection in vSphere environments with XIV
Chapter 7. XIV Storage System and VMware Site Recovery Manager

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