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  1. 1. Lab ValidationReportVMware Cloud Infrastructureand Management on NetAppReducing Cost and Complexity with NetApp and VMware vCloud DirectorBy Brian Garrett, ESG Lab VP, and Mike Leone, ESG Lab EngineerMarch 2012© 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 2Contents Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 3 Background ............................................................................................................................................................ 3 Introducing VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp .............................................................. 4 ESG Validation............................................................................................................................................... 6 Getting Started ....................................................................................................................................................... 6 NetApp and vCloud Director Integration ................................................................................................................ 7 Fully Integrated Manageability ............................................................................................................................... 8 Policy-based Provisioning and Automation .......................................................................................................... 10 Data Management for Business Continuity .......................................................................................................... 12 ESG Lab Validation Highlights ..................................................................................................................... 15 Issues to Consider ....................................................................................................................................... 15 The Bigger Truth ......................................................................................................................................... 16 Appendix ..................................................................................................................................................... 17 ESG Lab Reports The goal of ESG Lab reports is to educate IT professionals about data center technology products for companies of all types and sizes. ESG Lab reports are not meant to replace the evaluation process that should be conducted before making purchasing decisions, but rather to provide insight into these emerging technologies. Our objective is to go over some of the more valuable feature/functions of products, show how they can be used to solve real customer problems, and identify any areas needing improvement. Our expert third-party perspective is based on our own hands-on testing as well as on interviews with customers who use these products in production environments. This ESG Lab report was sponsored by NetApp. All trademark names are property of their respective companies. Information contained in this publication has been obtained by sources The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) considers to be reliable but is not warranted by ESG. This publication may contain opinions of ESG, which are subject to change from time to time. This publication is copyrighted by The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. Any reproduction or redistribution of this publication, in whole or in part, whether in hard-copy format, electronically, or otherwise to persons not authorized to receive it, without the express consent of The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc., is in violation of U.S. copyright law and will be subject to an action for civil damages and, if applicable, criminal prosecution. Should you have any questions, please contact ESG Client Relations at 508.482.0188. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 3IntroductionThis ESG Lab Validation describes the hands-on testing of a VMware cloud infrastructure and management onNetApp solution with a focus on the value of integrated manageability, policy-based provisioning and automation,and data management for business continuity.BackgroundOrganizations need to respond to rapidly changing market dynamics, customer requirements, and competitivethreats. To support that effort, many are building-out private cloud infrastructures with a goal of reducing coststhrough consolidation and increasing agility through policy-based automation.One of the foundational technologies of a private cloud is server virtualization. In fact, ESG research indicates thatserver virtualization has been a top IT priority for the past three years.As more organizations rely on consolidated virtual server infrastructures, legacy backup and recovery methods arebeing stressed. Not surprisingly, data protection is tied with server virtualization as the top IT priority in ESG’s 2012spending intentions survey (see Figure 1)1. “Deploying a private cloud infrastructure” also made it into the 2012 listof top-10 IT priorities, up from number 22 in the list just two years ago. Figure 1.Top Ten IT Priorities Which of the following would you consider to be your organizations most important IT priorities over the next 12-18 months? (Percent of respondents, N=614) Improve data backup and recovery 30% Increased use of server virtualization 30% Major application deployments or upgrades 29% Manage data growth 27% Information security initiatives 27% Business continuity/disaster recovery programs 25% Data center consolidation 24% Desktop virtualization 23% Mobile workforce enablement 22% Deploying a "private cloud" infrastructure 22% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% Source: Enterprise Strategy Group, 2012.Certainly, new technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing are growing while the everyday challengesof data growth and information protection remain. Virtualization helps organizations better utilize assets andsimplify administration; cloud computing takes advantage of that virtualization to enable fast provisioning of newapplications and on-demand resource consumption.The difficulty for many is in finding a way to implement the new technologies. Planning for and deploying multipleinfrastructure layers can be complex.1 Source: ESG Research Report, 2012 IT Spending Intentions Survey, January 2012. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  4. 4. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 4Introducing VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetAppVMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp supports multi-tenant, hybrid cloud environments thatinclude internal private clouds and public clouds hosted by service providers. Figure 2 depicts a summary of thesolution, with a cloud management layer (VMware vCloud Director) and a virtual server infrastructure layer(VMware vSphere) connected to a Unified Storage solution from NetApp. In combination, the solution is used tocreate virtualized pools of compute, network, and storage resources that can be provisioned and consumed ondemand. Secure multi-tenancy is provided with pools of resources that are configured and managed as virtual datacenters (vDCs). Figure 2. VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetAppVMware vCloud DirectorVMware vCloud Director takes virtualization to the data center level, pooling compute, storage, and networkresources across clusters into infrastructure units that end-users consume through role-based access policies. Userscan encapsulate multiple virtual machine (VM) services and associated networking policies into vApps, which areportable packaged units that make it easy to share services between clouds instead of locking them into specificdeployments. These packaged units are manipulated through open APIs and can be deployed on any cloudcompatible with VMware vCloud. Other key concepts include:  Organizations—a set of users, such as a corporate department or a service provider’s customer, that can be grouped with associated policies. An organization with isolated virtual resources, independent authentication and specific policy controls provides security and control in a multi-tenant environment.  Organization vDCs—virtual data centers that provide an organization with the compute, memory, storage, and network resources they need to create vApps.  Provider vDCs—groups of virtual resources from a single VMware vCenter. Administrators can use vCloud Director to allocate the resources to organizations.  vCenter Orchestrator (vCO)—an orchestrator that can help administrators automate existing manual tasks to simplify administration. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 5VMware vSphereVMware vSphere provides the pool of virtualized resources used by VMware vCloud Director, including the vCenterservers, ESX hosts, resource pools, datastores, vNetwork Distributed Switches, and port groups.NetApp Unified StorageNetApp storage solutions enable organizations to realize the full benefits of cloud computing using VMware vCloudDirector. Designed to be flexible and scalable, NetApp storage provides resilient, modular, multi-protocol storage,supporting FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, and HTTP-based REST protocols to handle the diverse needs of multi-tenantenvironments. The Data ONTAP operating system is a single set of software and processes operating across allstorage tiers and product lines for installation, provisioning, mirroring, backup, and upgrades.Laying a storage foundation for cloud services, NetApp Unified Storage helps providers provision capacity rapidlyand efficiently to meet a wide variety of service level agreements (SLAs). The MultiStore capability letsadministrators logically partition NetApp storage into virtual storage arrays for security in multi-tenantenvironments. Data ONTAP deduplication and thin provisioning reduce VMware vCloud storage requirements,which in turn reduces costs and capacity requirements across primary, backup, and archival storage. The SnapCreator Framework within the OnCommand Management Software suite provides wizard-driven automation forbackup and recovery using efficient, disk-based snapshots.This end-to-end cloud computing solution leverages integrated components from industry leaders to assistorganizations in expanding server virtualization and cloud computing. Whether deployed internally or hosted, thisnew concept of virtual applications and virtual organizations is designed to provide application and infrastructureservices that are easy for end-users to consume.This solution separates the consumption of infrastructure services from their delivery, which enables IT to managethe environment more efficiently. Instead of provisioning manually, struggling with proliferating VMs, and designingcustom services to accommodate various users, IT tasks and costs can be streamlined with automated delivery andconsumption as well as portable service design.Deep integration between NetApp and VMware simplifies management by helping organizations:  Deal with never-ending data growth  Increase their use of server virtualization  Ensure the protection of vital information assets while minimizing capital and operational expenses © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 6ESG ValidationESG Lab performed hands-on evaluation and testing at NetApp’s facilities in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.Testing was designed to demonstrate the VMware cloud infrastructure integration on NetApp, with a focus onmanageability, automation, and data-management capabilities using NetApp tools.Getting StartedThe physical test bed used during the ESG Lab validation is summarized in Figure 3 and is documented in theappendix. VMware software was running on a pair of rack-mounted IBM x3550 servers and a pair of Fujitsu RX300servers connected to each other and to a NetApp FAS3140 through a Cisco Nexus 5010 switch with 10 Gb Ethernet. Figure 3. Physical View of the ESG Lab Test BedA logical view of the solution’s key software components appears in Figure 4. The VMware software componentsare depicted in green, and the NetApp software components are shown in blue. Figure 4. Logical View of the ESG Lab Test Bed © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 7NetApp and vCloud Director IntegrationNetApp products provide the integration with vCloud Director and vCenter to make the solution work. Of particularrelevance are:  Virtual Storage Console, a plug-in to vCenter that provides integrated discovery, health monitoring, capacity management, datastore provisioning, cloning, backup, restore, and disaster recovery. This plug-in lets VMware administrators perform storage operations without coordinated support from storage administrators. VMware administrators gain efficiency and visibility, while storage administrators maintain control of storage policies.  Snap Creator Framework, a NetApp framework that provides granular-level backup and recovery of the cloud architecture, including VMs, organizations, and vApps. It delivers a centralized, consistent backup solution that integrates with existing application environments to reduce costs and enable higher ROI. In addition, the vCloud Director-aware interface allows administrators to automate disaster responses using SnapMirror replication.  OnCommand, management software offers effective, cost-efficient management of shared storage infrastructures to help optimize utilization, meet SLAs, minimize risk, and boost performance. OnCommand Unified Manager offers policy-based automation to provision an entire NetApp SAN and NAS infrastructure from a single console. Policy-based provisioning, can speed up provisioning workflows and boost capacity utilization.Besides the key VMware vCloud integration points listed above, NetApp is fully integrated with additional APIs fromVMware, including the vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) to improve scalability and performance for blockand file storage.Why This MattersA growing number of organizations are moving toward a cloud-based IT services model that magnifies the benefitsof server virtualization. In a recent ESG survey, the top benefits reported by organizations with extensive servervirtualization experience are reduced costs, improved disaster recovery capabilities, reduced power and coolingrequirements, and improved utilization. NetApp has created a design guide for a fully integrated data centervirtualization solution that amplifies those benefits. Deep integration with VMware APIs and documented bestpractices are helping users to create an on-demand model for the policy-based provisioning, management, andprotection of IT services. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  8. 8. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 8Fully Integrated ManageabilityNetApp’s plug-in for vCenter Server, called the Virtual Storage Console, lets administrators manage and provisionVMware environments running NetApp storage through any connected vSphere Client. Resources such as NetAppstorage controllers or ESX hosts can be added to virtual environments and later be consumed by virtual cloudenvironments. The plug-in provides four important capabilities to assist in managing a virtual environment:  Monitoring and host configuration  Optimization and migration  Provisioning and cloning  Backup and recoveryESG Lab TestingESG Lab tested the first phase of NetApp’s integration with VMware by using the Virtual Storage Console plug-in forvCenter Server. ESG Lab used a vSphere Client to connect to the vCenter Server, taking advantage of variouscapabilities including the integration of NetApp best practices. Figure 5 shows a picture of a vSphere Client,highlighting the location of the NetApp plug-in. The Virtual Storage Console plug-in software adds the NetApp iconto the Solutions and Applications panel on the vSphere Client home page. Figure 5. Powerful Plug-ins from NetAppESG Lab took a closer look at NetApp’s integration by focusing on the monitoring and host configurationcapabilities. We accessed the overview panel shown in Figure 6 by clicking on the NetApp icon in the vSphere Clientand clicking “Monitoring and Host Configuration” in the navigation pane. We used the overview panel to manageESX hosts and NetApp storage. Note the NetApp best practices alerts, shown in red, in the ESX Hosts section underAdapter Settings.After a right-click on an ESX host, the system responded with a dropdown list allowing us to automatically setNetApp-recommended best practices. With a single mouse click, we used this feature to automatically applyNetApp ESX best practices. A pop-up window with check boxes opened, which we used to apply three NetApp-recommended settings. In this case, we checked all three settings to fix incorrectly configured host bus adapter,multipath driver, and NFS settings. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 9Figure 6. Automating Best Practices with NetApp Plug-ins for VMware Why This Matters Storage capacity requirements and management complexity are rising as a growing number of organizations deploy applications within a VMware-enabled virtual server infrastructure. Policy-based tools and automation are needed to reduce costs and respond faster to the needs of the business. ESG Lab testing has confirmed that a deeply integrated VMware cloud infrastructure and management solution from NetApp reduces cost and complexity as it creates an on-demand cloud infrastructure with built-in security and role-based access control. ESG Lab was particularly impressed with the ability to automatically configure recommended NetApp best practices for ESX host settings using a wizard accessible from the VMware vSphere Client management interface. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 10Policy-based Provisioning and AutomationVMware vCloud Director (vCD) and vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) automate the provisioning of cloud infrastructureresources. vCD serves as an interface to create and manage administrative tasks. NetApp products provide theintegration with VMware “under the covers.” The combined solution delivers policy-driven storage provisioningthat can be managed under service level agreements. This simplifies storage provisioning by enablingadministrators to use role-based access controls to manage different levels of performance and protection (e.g.,gold, silver, bronze) within a single cloud.Policy based provisioning is achieved through the Storage Service Catalog, a component of the NetAppOnCommand management software suite and a key NetApp differentiator for the rapid creation of cloud services.It provides a layer of abstraction between service levels and physical storage and allows administrators to definethe service levels that specify and map to the attributes of the pooled storage infrastructure, resulting in moreflexible, efficient, and dynamic allocation of storage.Storage service catalog options can be standardized into service type tiers, such as Gold, Silver, or Bronze, called onby vCenter Orchestrator for provisioning applications and virtual machines (VMs), or higher-level storage servicecatalog requests. Automated management simplifies and expedites end-user provisioning by tying appropriatestorage services to catalog requests for applications or VMs, resulting in a self-service approach to delivering cloudservices.ESG Lab TestingESG Lab started with the vSphere Client to see how NetApp resources are provisioned and managed in a vCloud-enabled environment. Next, we learned how to consume those resources within a vCloud infrastructure using agold datastore policy.The web interface home screen of the vCD is shown in Figure 7. The bottom of the screen displays system,organization, and user-level tasks to help manage the existing cloud infrastructure. Available in the middle of thescreen are guided tasks, which focus on the expansion of the existing cloud infrastructure. This expansion can focuson adding new resources or increasing the utilization of current resources. Figure 7. VMware vCloud Director: Wizard-driven Provisioning and ManagementNext, ESG used NetApp OnCommand Unified Manager to create the resource pool to provision storage to vCloudDirector. Using the Storage Service Catalog functionality of OnCommand, we created a “Gold” aggregate resourcepool with overcommit and then attached them to a vCloud Director provider vDC. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  11. 11. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 11As shown in Figure 8, the easy-to-use “Add Resource Pool” wizard of NetApp OnCommand Unified Manager wasused to create a Gold level aggregate for provisioning datastores. Figure 8. NetApp OnCommand Unified Manager - Add Resource Pool WizardOnce the Gold aggregate was available, we created Gold datastores on that aggregate and added them to the ESXhosts. Finally, we logged into vCloud Director and attached the ESX Gold datastores to vCloud provider vDCs. Figure 9. NetApp OnCommand Unified Manager – Created Gold Datastore Why This MattersWhile server virtualization has reduced application deployment times, tools that automate the end-to-end,policy-driven provisioning of new applications are needed to respond even faster to the needs of a business.ESG Lab has confirmed that NetApp integration with VMware vCloud Director increases the speed and agilityof an IT department by automating the role-based, policy-driven provisioning of NetApp storage resources.ESG Lab was particularly impressed with the OnCommand Storage Service Catalog and how it helps reducemanagement complexity while improving storage provisioning and protection processes. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  12. 12. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 12Data Management for Business ContinuityNetApp’s Snap Creator Framework provides snapshot backups, recovery, and, therefore, business continuity for awide variety of virtualization platforms, operating systems, and applications including a VMware vCloudinfrastructure. The framework serves as a centralized, wizard-driven user interface for the automated creation,execution, and monitoring of disk-based backup and recovery operations powered by NetApp’s snapshottechnology.Within a VMware vCloud infrastructure, Snap Creator can be used to back up or recover an entire virtual datacenter, a virtual organization within a data center, a virtual machine within a virtual organization, an application(e.g., Microsoft SQL Server) within a virtual machine, or a file within a virtual machine.ESG Lab TestingESG Lab used a Snap Creator wizard to back up a virtual data center. As shown in Figure 10, the wizard consists ofnumerous screens; we used them to define the backup profile. Within the wizard, we selected the VMware vCloudDirector plug-in, provided the vCloud Director URL, and entered the correct security credentials. After performingcredential verification, the system retrieved all of the orgs, vDCs, and vApps. Granularity was evident; we weregiven the ability to select a full organization or just one vApp within an organization. Figure 10. Snap Creator Wizard with NetApp VMware vCloud Director Plug-in © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  13. 13. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 13The wizard prompted for vCenter server and the NetApp filer credentials to perform the backup. Next, we selecteda snapshot name, policy name (“daily”), number of snapshots to retain, and snapshot age. Lastly, a summary screenappeared, and the new configuration file was ready to use.Now that a backup profile existed, we could view scheduling options or trigger one-time backups. We performed aone-time backup; Figure 11 depicts the steps we took. First, we selected a backup profile using the newly createdconfiguration file. The system displayed a dropdown menu providing a number of options including clones,snapshots, and restores. We chose “snapshots” and selected the recently created “daily” policy. The systemexecuted a snapshot of all of the storage resources associated with the virtual data center. Figure 11. Data Protection and Business Continuity with NetApp Snap CreatorLastly, we tested the restore functionality of the Snap Creator Framework and observed four restore options: File,Volume, VMware, and Domino. In keeping with the VMware integration focus of this ESG Lab validation, we choseto restore a virtual machine. This time, instead of selecting the snapshot option from the configuration filedropdown, we chose the restore option. The VMware restoration process is accompanied by a wizard consisting ofthree screens: a welcome screen, a restore details screen, and a summary screen. Figure 12 shows the restoredetails screen. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  14. 14. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 14 Figure 12. Restoring a Virtual Machine in a VMware Virtual Data Center with NetApp Snap CreatorWe provided all of the required parameters, including the IP address where the backup was located, the policyname (“daily”), and most importantly, the name of the snapshot that was used for the restore. We specified therestore type as a VMware restore and clicked “next.” The restore wizard executed, and we monitored thecompletion of the restore operation. The successfully restored VM powered on and was verified to be back in itsoriginal state.Why This MattersWith more and more companies deploying entire suites of business applications in a VMware-enabled virtualinfrastructure, quick and reliable disk-based recovery is needed now more than ever. The all-too-common practiceof maintaining multiple backup methods and complex scripts increases the risk of downtime and data loss.Excessive downtime and application unavailability can result in a loss of sales, loss of customer goodwill, loss ofproductivity, loss of competitiveness, and increased costs.ESG Lab used NetApp Snap Creator to perform a wizard-driven backup of a vDC and a restore of a VM within thatvDC. ESG Lab was impressed with the wizard-driven simplicity, which not only eliminates the need for custombackup scripts in a VMware vCloud environment, but also provides a single point of control for managing disk-based data protection policies for a wide variety of popular third-party applications including Oracle, MicrosoftExchange, and SQL Server. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  15. 15. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 15ESG Lab Validation Highlights  ESG Lab used the NetApp Virtual Storage Console and the VMware vSphere Client to configure and manage storage resources in a VMware vCloud Director environment.  ESG Lab was particularly impressed with the deep VMware integration that automated the application of NetApp best practices from within a VMware management console.  NetApp integration with VMware was used to apply NetApp best practices to new and existing resources with just a few mouse clicks.  vCloud Director was used to manage a fully virtualized environment. Managing resources added from vCenter Server became even easier with vCD-provided, wizard-driven guidance.  ESG Lab used the Snap Creator Framework to verify NetApp’s highly granular virtual cloud backup and restore capabilities. Easy-to-follow wizards were used to create a backup profile, which later led to a one- time backup of a vDC and a VM restore within that same vDC.Issues to Consider  You may need to update an existing VMware infrastructure to take advantage of VMware Cloud Director. Minimum requirements include VMware ESX/ESX 4.0 Update 2 or later, and vCenter Server 4.0 Update 2 or later.  VMware vCenter clusters used with vCloud Director must be configured to use Automated Dynamic Resource Scheduler (DRS). Automated DRS requires shared storage attached to all hosts in a DRS cluster. NetApp’s field-proven family of shared storage solutions have been deployed in thousands of production VMware environments.  Server virtualization is driving the need for more cooperation across IT. ESG sees this pattern as a sign of things to come as organizations move to a cloud services delivery model. Future IT workers may retain technical specialties, but they will need general IT skills that span the technology stack. CIOs should budget for cross-training programs and recruit skilled IT generalists in the future.  CIOs who are looking to take advantage of the benefits of fully integrated cloud services need to consider the impact that automation can have on existing application deployment, networking, and security processes.  Snap Creator had its roots in the field. It was originally developed to eliminate scripting for applications that aren’t supported by an existing NetApp SnapManager product. The NetApp professional services team and early adopters relied on an open-source-style model for development and support (Snap Creator Developer Community). Over the years, Snap Creator has evolved from a field services tool supported by an open- source-style community to become fully supported software available on the NetApp NOW site as part of the OnCommand Management Software Suite. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  16. 16. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 16The Bigger TruthESG research published in late 2010 found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of North American enterprise and largemidmarket organizations were using server virtualization, and an additional 12% were evaluating or piloting thetechnology.2 Early adopters reported considerable cost savings and efficiency gains as they used servervirtualization technology to turn pools of underutilized physical IT assets into a pool of highly available virtualmachines.These optimized resources provide a great foundation for the delivery of cloud services. However, in spite of servervirtualization’s widespread use and many associated benefits, IT managers reported a number of challengesassociated with it as a foundation for cloud services:  Better integration. The words “better integration” appeared in several functional IT group wish lists. This demonstrates the need for more tightly coupled technology that complements the cross-functional skills of a new type of IT organization centered on delivering virtualized IT services.  Virtualization-aware management tools. Respondents pointed out the pressing need for “better server management capabilities.” Clearly, IT workers are crying out for a new generation of tightly integrated management tools with virtual intelligence.  Automated storage pools. In an effort to accommodate rapid virtual machine growth, organizations cited the need for technologies that make it easier to manage pools of storage capacity presented to servers.  Secure multi-tenancy. Server and networking professionals called out the need for better security, and application owners described the need for “improved multi-tenancy capabilities.”  Enhanced backup tools. Respondents were implementing new backup tools and processes with a goal of improving the protection, recoverability, and availability of virtualized applications running in multi-tenant environments.NetApp has created a fully integrated solution that addresses each of these challenges as it extends the benefits ofVMware server virtualization and provides a solid foundation for cloud services. ESG Lab testing has confirmed thatan integrated solution built with NetApp Unified Storage and VMware vCloud Director can be used to deploy,manage, and protect a virtual data center supporting multiple organizations—each with multiple virtualizedapplications. Snap Creator simplified backup and recovery in a secure multi-tenant environment.Although all components of a VMware vCloud solution are vital, the special importance of a sound storagefoundation should not be overlooked. In addition to the features mentioned earlier, standard NetApp featuresinclude active-active controllers that provide automatic, transparent failover for enterprise-class availability;multipath configurations that improve system availability and performance; RAID DP, which protects against doubledisk failures; FlexClone, which automates the storage-efficient deployment of virtual applications; and so on. Sufficeit to say that if you integrate with a storage architecture that is less reliable, fast, and safe than NetApp, you havedone yourself no favors.NetApp is well-known for best practices and methodologies that document how to integrate Unified Storage with awide variety of applications, operating systems, virtualization layers, and management software. When we firsttested a NetApp storage solution with iSCSI support in 2003, we were impressed with the native look and feel of theNetApp SnapDrive for Windows plug-in. Since then, ESG Lab testing with a number of integrated application andvirtualization solutions from NetApp, including Microsoft Exchange and VMware ESX integration, has confirmed thebenefits of deep integration and documented best practices. Once again, ESG Lab is pleased to report that NetApphas created a design guide for yet another excellent solution that leverages deep integration with VMware vCloudDirector.If your organization is looking to leverage the benefits of a sound server virtualization foundation with a fullyintegrated solution that delivers on-demand, orchestrated provisioning of service offerings, ESG Lab recommendsthat you start with a design guide based on VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp.2 Source: ESG Research, The Evolution of Server Virtualization, November 2010. © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  17. 17. Lab Validation: VMware Cloud Infrastructure and Management on NetApp 17Appendix Table 1. ESG Lab Test Bed ServersInfrastructure Two Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S5, 8 Xeon 2.6 GHz CPU cores, 96 GB RAMProvider/Tenant Two IBM X3550 M2, 8 Xeon 2.53 GHz CPU cores, 26 GB RAM NetworkCisco Nexus 5010, 10 GigE StorageInfrastructure: NetApp FAS3140 ONTAP 8.0.1 NFS over SASProvider/Tenant: NetApp FAS3170 ONTAP 8.0.1 NFS over SAS SoftwareVMware vCloud Director Version 1.5VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0NetApp OnCommand System Version 2.0ManagerNetApp Virtual storage Console (VSC) Version 2.1.1x1NetApp Snap Creator Version 3.5NetApp OnCommand Unified Version 5.0ManagerVMware vShield Manager Version 5.0.0-462645 © 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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