iSCSI Design Considerations and Deployment Guide

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June 08, 2013

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This paper is intended to help you understand the design considerations and deployment options for deploying vSphere using iSCSI storage. The paper provides an overview of iSCSI terminology, benefits, and limitations. It also provides a high-level overview of the VMware iSCSI implementation using either a software initiator or a hardware initiator and gives a detailed set of deployment steps covering both software and hardware initiator options. This paper highlights trade-offs and factors to consider when deploying iSCSI storage. It is a complement to, not a replacement for, VMware product documentation.