Chapter 5. The vSphere Storage Design

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Identifying RAID levels
  • Calculating storage capacity requirements
  • Determining storage performance requirements
  • Calculating storage throughput
  • Storage connectivity options
  • Storage path selection plugins
  • Sizing datastores


Storage is an essential component of vSphere design and provides the foundation for the vSphere environment. A solid storage design that addresses capacity, performance, availability, and recoverability is the key to a successful vSphere design. The following diagram displays how a storage design is integrated into the design process:


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