Chapter 3. Storage Design

A virtual datacenter has a number of critical components and storage is a major part of any datacenter or design. It is the proverbial lifeblood of every virtual infrastructure. Without a functioning storage infrastructure, the ability for virtual machines to write data and operate, as we know it, would not be possible. This chapter delves into some of the principles of how storage is leveraged in a virtualization environment and how you can go about improving your existing investment.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Storage protocols (such as Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCoE, and NFS) and their uses
  • Virtual machine filesystems and their utilization
  • Storage, datacenter, and cluster design best practices and ...

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