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Optimized Storage for Today’s Virtualized Data Centers - by Chhandomay Mandal

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Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS Series storage with deep VMware vSphere® software integration helps maximize the return on technology investments for virtualization deployments by elevating application performance, data protection and overall IT efficiency.

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Optimized Storage for Today’s Virtualized Data Centers - by Chhandomay Mandal

  1. 1. 72 2013 Issue 02 | dell.com/powersolutionsStorage solutionsReprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2013 Issue 2. Copyright © 2013 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.Across a wide range of industries,organizations have virtualizedtheir IT infrastructures withplatforms such as VMwarevSphere software to help reduce costs,improve resource utilization and enhanceIT flexibility. Now that many enterpriseshave achieved an initial cost savings byconsolidating numerous disparate serversinto compact, virtualized environments,they are setting their sights on optimizingthose environments.Organizations can enhance thereturn on technology investments in theirvirtualized data centers by integratingthe virtualized environment with storageinfrastructures designed to supportvirtualized servers. The right storagesolutions can boost the performance ofvirtualized applications, help ensure dataprotection and enhance the efficiency ofmanaging the IT infrastructure.Dell EqualLogic PS Series internetSCSI (iSCSI) storage area network (SAN)arrays offer a comprehensive range oftools and capabilities that enable tightintegration with VMware® virtualization.Using Dell EqualLogic storage in VMwareenvironments helps organizations createan enterprise-class, virtualized server andstorage infrastructure designed to deliverhigh performance and robust resiliency withsimplified management.Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools(HIT), available with EqualLogic PS Seriesarrays at no additional cost, help simplifystorage management through closeintegration with hypervisors, operatingsystems and applications. EqualLogicHIT for VMware (HIT/VMware) offers acomprehensive set of tools that providetight integration of EqualLogic PS Seriesarrays with VMware virtualization forenhanced protection, performanceand management.HIT/VMware includes Dell EqualLogicVirtual Storage Manager (VSM) for VMware,a VMware vCenter™ server virtualizationmanagement platform plug-in thatincorporates the following tools and features:• Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition(ASM/VE) enables data protection withpoint-in-time snapshots and replicationof virtual machines and datastores invSphere virtualization environments.Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS Series storage with deep VMwarevSphere® software integration helps maximize the returnon technology investments for virtualization deploymentsby elevating application performance, data protection andoverall IT efficiency.By Chhandomay MandalOptimized storagefor today’s virtualizeddata centers
  2. 2. dell.com/powersolutions | 2013 Issue 02 73Reprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2013 Issue 2. Copyright © 2013 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.• The datastore management featurehelps simplify provisioning andmanaging datastores.• EqualLogic VMware vSphere StorageAPIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)Provider facilitates communicatingEqualLogic storage attributes to thevSphere environment.• Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)Tool offers rapid, space-efficient virtualdesktop deployment.Both ASM/VE and the datastoremanagement feature offer managementacross multiple EqualLogic storage groups.HIT/VMware also includes EqualLogicMultipathing Extension Module (MEM) forVMware vSphere and EqualLogic StorageReplication Adapter (SRA) for VMware SiteRecovery Manager (SRM).Enhancing performance forvirtualized applicationsVMware vSphere Storage APIs – ArrayIntegration (VAAI) is designed to play akey role in enhancing performance in avirtualized environment. VAAI capabilitiesoffload certain storage operations fromthe hypervisor to the array. Dell EqualLogicPS Series storage incorporates VAAI supportinto its firmware. This integration helps freeup host compute resources and networkbandwidth by allowing EqualLogic arraysto perform tasks such as data copying,block zeroing and volume locking directlyat the array level. Offloading storagetasks also helps improve performance forvirtual machines that share volumes andaccelerates template-based provisioning ofvirtual machines.EqualLogic VASA Provider is anotherintegrated tool that helps optimizeperformance. Through integration withVMware VASA, EqualLogic VASA Providerenables EqualLogic PS Series arrays tocommunicate a wide range of storageattributes to the vSphere environment,including drive types, drive speeds, RAIDsettings and reserve space for snapshots. Usingthis information, VMware vSphere StorageDRS™ software performs intelligent workloadmigrations and automated load balancing.By enabling administrators to placevirtual machines on the appropriatedatastore, EqualLogic VASA Providerhelps reduce storage latency, increaseBest practicesVMware View optimizes the end-user experience in a virtual desktopenvironment. Download this white paperfor comprehensive sizing guidance andbest practices to implement View-baseddesktop virtualization using EqualLogicPS Series storage.dell.to/SfkSNT“Organizations can enhance the returnon technology investments in theirvirtualized data centers by integratingthe virtualized environment withstorage infrastructures designedto support virtualized servers.”
  3. 3. 74 2013 Issue 02 | dell.com/powersolutionsStorage solutionsReprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2013 Issue 2. Copyright © 2013 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.throughput and improve capacity utilization.Administrators gain an end-to-end view ofEqualLogic PS Series storage within the familiarvSphere Client interface, helping them tostreamline storage management.EqualLogic MEM for vSphere, integratedthrough vSphere Storage APIs – Multipathing,enables deployment of redundant networkconnections between vSphere and the EqualLogicPS Series arrays, providing multiple paths forload balancing to help increase and optimizeperformance. Multipathing is designed to ensureavailability — if one path fails, the workloads cancontinue using the other paths. EqualLogic MEMnot only provides fault-tolerant load balancing toenhance storage performance and scalability, italso automates end-to-end management of datapaths between the host and storage arrays.Safeguarding vital datain virtualized environmentsDell EqualLogic PS Series arrays provide a rangeof tools and capabilities to help protect data in avirtualized environment. For example, EqualLogicASM/VE integrates EqualLogic PS Series snapshotcapabilities with VMware vSphere snapshotfunctionality. Administrators can use context-sensitive menus within vSphere Client to createhypervisor-consistent, SAN-based snapshots,clones and replicas. These snapshots takeadvantage of EqualLogic PS Series space-efficient snapshot features to help conservestorage capacity and accelerate recovery.Administrators can replicate snapshots to remotesites automatically with the EqualLogic PS Seriesauto-replication feature. Automation capabilitiesand an easy-to-use graphical user interface(GUI) that is integrated into vSphere Client helpsimplify the creation, scheduling and recovery ofsnapshots, clones and replicas.EqualLogic PS Series arrays also offerbackup and restore capabilities for Microsoft®Windows Server® and Linux® OS workloadsrunning in virtual machines. Auto-SnapshotManager/Microsoft Edition (ASM/ME) enablesadministrators to streamline protection of theNT File System (NTFS), Microsoft® SQL Server®database datastores, Microsoft® Exchange Serverdatastores and Microsoft® SharePoint® datastores.Auto-Snapshot Manager/Linux Edition (ASM/LE)utilizes the built-in snapshot, clone and replicationcapabilities of EqualLogic PS Series arrays toenable administrators to create file system–consistent, point-in-time copies of data stored onone or more EqualLogic PS Series groups.Integration of EqualLogic SRA and VMwareSRM in EqualLogic PS Series arrays enablesadministrators to create robust, comprehensivebusiness continuity and disaster recoverystrategies. SRM helps administrators develop,manage, test and execute multisite failover andrecovery plans. When EqualLogic PS Series arraysare deployed to support a VMware virtualizationenvironment, SRM uses EqualLogic PS SeriesSAN–based replication capabilities. Administratorsgain built-in replication capabilities that streamlinemanagement of failover and failback whilehelping improve the speed, security and reliabilityof processes. In addition, SRM can use EqualLogicASM/VE for hypervisor-consistent snapshots tobe available at the secondary site in the event ofdisaster recovery.The storage recovery replica capabilitiesintroduced in VSM 3.5 are designed to improveavailability and simplify maintenance. Usingstorage recovery replicas helps administrators toensure a hypervisor-consistent backup of primarydatastores and virtual machines. Administratorscan also selectively restore data from the storagerecovery replica and bring the secondary grouponline quickly if a local group goes offline.Bolstering IT management efficiencyEqualLogic VSM enables centralizedmanagement of multiple EqualLogic PS Seriesgroups from a single interface that is tightlyintegrated with vSphere Client. The interfaceoffers a highly consistent experience foradministrators who are familiar with the vSphereClient interface. Administrators can efficientlyallocate and manage storage from a singlelocation, and the interface helps reduce the timespent on storage management.Integrated directly into vSphere Client, thedatastore management feature of EqualLogicVSM helps simplify and accelerate traditionally
  4. 4. dell.com/powersolutions | 2013 Issue 02 75Reprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2013 Issue 2. Copyright © 2013 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.AuthorChhandomay Mandal is a seniorproduct marketing manager in the DellEnterprise Storage Product Group andhas more than 18 years of experiencein the data storage industry.Learn moreDell EqualLogic PS Series storage:Dell.com/equallogicequallogic.comdellstorage.com/equallogicStorage, server and desktop virtualization:qrs.ly/i73bu4edellstorage.com/virtualization/server-virtualization.aspxdellstorage.com/virtualization/virtual-desktops.aspxComprehensive datastore management in a vSphere virtualization environmenttedious, time-consuming storage functions suchas creating, expanding and monitoring datastores(see figure). The datastore managementfeature uses a wizard-driven interface to helpadministrators quickly and easily provision newSAN volumes and assign them to a VMwarevSphere cluster — without having to use aseparate storage management interface.Streamlining replication configuration withEqualLogic VSM also helps simplify replication formultiple datastores. Administrators can quicklyconduct end-to-end replication configurationfrom within the vSphere Client itself.VDI Tool works with VMware View™ VDIto enhance the efficiency of virtual desktopdeployments. Using EqualLogic thin-clonecapabilities, VDI Tool allows administratorsto create space-efficient virtual desktops tominimize storage capacity. It also providesintuitive wizards and automated capabilitiesthat enhance efficiency for key virtual desktopmanagement and administrative operations.This approach allows organizations to accelerateprovisioning of desktops without addingsignificant time or complexity.Expanding virtualization cost-benefitsMany organizations have already consolidatedservers to help achieve the initial cost savingsthat virtualization is designed to deliver indata centers. Now, optimized storage forvirtualized servers helps organizations furtherincrease the return from their investmentin virtualization.Dell EqualLogic PS Series SAN arrays,enriched with capabilities available in EqualLogicHIT, advance storage optimization for virtualizedapplications and operations, using an expansiveportfolio of intelligent features and tools thatare deeply integrated with VMware vSpherevirtualization. Using EqualLogic PS Series storageto support VMware virtualization environmentshelps organizations improve the performance ofvirtualized applications, ensure the protection ofvital data and increase overall IT managementefficiency. Moreover, EqualLogic HIT softwarefor EqualLogic PS Series storage is easy todeploy and manage, enabling IT administratorsto quickly and easily achieve cost-reductionbenefits across their virtualized EqualLogic PSSeries storage environments.

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