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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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6.1. The Importance of Storage Design

Storage design has always been important, but it becomes more so as vSphere is used for larger workloads, for mission-critical applications, for larger clusters, and as the cloud operating system in a 100 percent virtualized datacenter. You can probably imagine why this is the case:

Advanced capabilities

VMware's advanced features depend on shared storage; VMware High Availability (HA), VMotion, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), VMware Fault Tolerance, and VMware Site Recovery Manager all have a critical dependency on shared storage.

Performance

People understand the benefit that server virtualization brings—consolidation, higher utilization, more flexibility, and higher efficiency. But often, ...

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