The storage infrastructure supporting VMware has always been a critical element of any virtual infrastructure. This chapter will help you with all the elements required for a proper storage subsystem design for vSphere 4, starting with VMware storage fundamentals at the datastore and virtual machine level and extending to best practices for configuring the storage array. Good storage design is critical for anyone building a virtual datacenter.
In this chapter, you will learn to:
Differentiate and understand the fundamentals of shared storage, including SANs and NAS
Understand vSphere storage options
Configure storage at the vSphere ESX 4 layer
Configure storage at the virtual machine layer