VMware vSphere storage virtualization technology provides a fundamentally better way to manage storage resources for your virtual infrastructure, giving your organization the ability to:
- Significantly improve storage resource utilization and flexibility.
- Reduce management overhead and increase application uptime.
- Leverage and compliment existing storage infrastructure.
VMware vSphere storage virtualization is a combination of VMware vSphere features and APIs that provide an abstraction layer for physical storage resources to be addressed, managed and optimized in a virtualization deployment. Learn more about the capabilities of VMware vSphere storage below.
|Virtual Machine File System||
Learn about the VMware vSphere Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) and how it enables high-performance access to shared block based storage for multiple ESX/ESXi hosts. You'll understand how you can use VMFS to increase resource utilization and reduce management overhead.
VMware Storage vMotion technology enables live migration of virtual machine disk files within and across storage arrays. Find out how you can leverage this capability to perform proactive, non-disruptive storage migration, eliminate virtual machine storage I/O bottlenecks and free up valuable storage capacity.
Storage DRS is a new feature introduced in vSphere 5.0 providing smart virtual machine placement and load balancing mechanisms based on I/O and space capacity. Storage DRS will help decreasing operational effort associated with the provisioning of virtual machines and monitoring of the storage environment.
VMware vSphere Thin Provisioning enables dramatic increases in storage utilization rates by allowing over commitment of shared storage resources, reducing the amount of storage that is allocated but unused. Find out how VMware vSphere Thin Provisioning makes it safe to overcommit space by leveraging intelligent reports, alerts and alarms to help the vSphere Admin manage a dynamic virtualization environment.
VMware vSphere 5.0 introduces Profile Driven Storage, which will allow for rapid and intelligent provisioning of virtual machines based on SLA requirements and provided storage capabilities as well as ongoing compliance monitoring.
|Storage I/O Control||
Storage I/O Control (SIOC) is used to provide I/O prioritization of virtual machines running on a cluster of ESX servers that have access to a shared storage pool. It extends the familiar constructs of shares and limits, which exist for CPU and memory, to address storage utilization through a dynamic allocation of I/O queue slots across a cluster of ESX/ESXi servers.
Learn more about the APIs VMware uses to communicate with storage and the enhanced functionality this integration provides.
Brush up on best practices for virtualizing your storage resources so you can attain optimal performance, increase resource utilization and benefit from centralized storage management.
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Find out how virtualization can help you optimize performance and virtual security, or learn more about products such as VMware Storage vMotion and VMware VMFS that can help you get the most out of your data storage infrastructure.