VMware best practices and all-flash storage

Click to register for a vExpert 1:1 at VMworld
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It’s a simple fact — storage is one of the primary bottlenecks in any virtualized data center.  It’s slow disk and inconsistent hybrid systems that have been holding back VI performance.  Storage is often the reason why resource-intensive (think large DBs) or aggressive (think VDI) workloads remain either unvirtualized or siloed.

Flash-based shared storage removes the storage bottleneck and helps you get the most out of your virtualization investments.  But to get the absolute most out of ESX, you’ll want to follow some new best practices and configure VMware just a little bit differently.

VMware vSphere Best Practices Guide
VMware vSphere Best Practices Guide

Here at Pure Storage we’ve developed and published a vSphere best practices guide that’s the best place to go to learn how to maximize your return on your storage and virtualization investments.  You should definitely download and read it if you’re going to deploy vSphere on any flash storage, particularly the FlashArray.

We have also collected a number of videos of Pure Storage virtualization gurus and vExperts discussing best practices topics — check these out if you’re in a hurry and want a quick primer on the following videos by clicking the thumbnails.  You can also meet 1:1 with these virtualization experts at VMworld 2015 — if you’re attending, just register for a meeting and you can ask them your questions directly.

Space reclamation (VAAI T10 UNMAP) best practices with Cody Hosterman
Space reclamation (VAAI T10 UNMAP) — Cody Hosterman

End-to-end T10 UNMAP in vSphere 6 with Vaughn Stewart
End-to-end T10 UNMAP in vSphere 6 — Vaughn Stewart

Storage multipathing in vSphere with Craig Waters
Storage multipathing in vSphere — Craig Waters

Virtual Machine Disk Types best practices with
Virtual Machine Disk Types — “Chappy” Chapman

Storage IO Control in vSphere with Vaughn Stewart
Storage IO Control in vSphere — Vaughn Stewart

Common VDI Questions with Kyle Grossmiller
Common VDI Questions — Kyle Grossmiller

Hardware locking (VAAI ATS) best practices with
Hardware locking (VAAI ATS) — “Chappy” Chapman

VAAI XCOPY best practices with Ravi Venkat
VAAI XCOPY — Ravi Venkat

2 thoughts on “VMware best practices and all-flash storage

  1. Keep up the good work!

    Wish: It would be very nice to have a “what’s changed” section in the best practices document. As it is now, I have to go through the whole document all over again…


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