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SAN Configuration Guide
VMware ESX Server
VMware, Inc.

3145 Porter Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Please note that you can always find the most up-to-date technical
documentation on our Web site at http://www.vmware.com/support/.
The VMware Web site also provides the latest product updates.
Please note that you will always find the most up-to-date technical documentation on our Web site at
http://www.vmware.com/support/. The VMwre Web site also provides the latest product updates.

Copyright \u00a9 1998-2005 VMware, Inc. All rights reserved. Protected by one or more of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,397,242,
6,496,847, 6,704,925, 6,711,672, 6,725,289, 6,735,601, 6,785,886, 6,789,156 and 6,795,966; patents pending.
VMware, the VMware \u201cboxes\u201d logo and design, Virtual SMP and VMotion are registered trademarks or
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Revision 20050502 Version: 2.5.1 Item: ESX-ENG-Q205-100

Table of Contents

About This Manual_______________________________________________9 Intended Audience____________________________________________9 Document History_____________________________________________9 Conventions__________________________________________________ 9 Related Documentation_________________________________________9

VMware ESX Server Overview___________________________________ 11

System Architecture_____________________________________________ 12
Virtualization Capabilities_______________________________________12
Service Console______________________________________________15
Virtualization at a Glance_________________________________________ 18
Software Compatibility___________________________________________ 19

Storage Area Network Concepts_________________________________ 21

Introducing SANs_______________________________________________ 22
SAN Components____________________________________________ 22
How a SAN Works____________________________________________ 23
SAN Components_______________________________________________ 25
Host Components____________________________________________ 25
Fabric Components___________________________________________ 26
Storage Components__________________________________________ 27
SAN Ports and Port Naming_______________________________________ 28
Understanding Storage Arrays_____________________________________ 29
Storage Array Components_____________________________________ 29
Accessing Storage Arrays_______________________________________ 30
RAID_______________________________________________________ 31
RAID Levels_________________________________________________ 32
Applications of RAID Configurations______________________________ 36
Performance Aspects of a SAN_____________________________________ 37
Server Performance___________________________________________ 37
Storage Array Performance_____________________________________ 37
SAN Design Issues_______________________________________________ 39
Application Requirements Analysis_______________________________ 39
Mapping Requirements to Resources_____________________________ 39
Designing for High Availability___________________________________ 40

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