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Simpliying storage in VMware deployments
Today, more than ever, IT proessionals are deploying virtualization technologiesto consolidate and simpliy the inrastructure or delivering a broad spectrum o Microsot Windows services. Typically, virtualization initiatives seek to reducedatacenter costs by consolidating multiple physical servers, lowering energyexpenses, and reducing administrative overhead. In addition, when designingvirtualized solutions, system architects strive to improve the resiliency o Windows-based IT inrastructures and provide high levels o application and data availability.VMware oers a proven virtualization inrastructure that is implemented by over130,000 customers to date. The latest release o its fagship sotware product —recently renamed VMware vSphere 4.0 — is designed to provide a ull virtualizationsolution that supports cloud computing. Cloud computing reers to an architecturalabstraction in which applications and IT inrastructure resources are pooled todeliver application services as needed via the network (which is commonly depictedin architectural diagrams as a cloud). Implementing a virtualization inrastructureusing VMware aims to optimize resource utilization, reduce IT acquisition andoperating costs, and enable greater control and fexibility in managing the overallIT inrastructure.Storage solutions that optimize simplicity, perormance, availability, and easeo management provide synergy with VMware when deploying a virtualizationinrastructure. Sun oers innovative storage products and extensive data services inthe Sun™ Storage 7000 Unied Storage Systems, enabling easy-to-manage, low-coststorage resources that span a range o capabilities. This amily o network-attachedstorage appliances takes advantage o industry-standard le system protocols,including NFS (Network File System) or virtual machine storage and CIFS (CommonInternet File System) or Windows virtual machine access. Because o the simplicityoered by the implementation o these industry-standard protocols, Sun Storage7000 Unied Storage Systems eliminate much o the complexity typically associatedwith common storage conguration and management tasks. In addition, theseappliances deliver high I/O perormance with low latency in congurations thateature both read and write caching unctionality. Sun Storage 7000 Unied StorageSystems also oer a ull range o data services — compression, backups, replication,and real-time perormance analytics — that complement the appliances’ highperormance and ease o operation.
Sample reerence architectures or VMware deployments
To meet a wide spectrum o workloads, this paper proposes our reerencearchitectures targeted at VMware deployments. These sample reerencearchitectures provide a starting point or implementing virtualization solutions, andcan be easily customized and extended to meet specic business needs. System