Optimizing Virtualization deployments with Dell and VMware vSphere 6.0

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Last evening I went to an ice-cream store near my house and sat there eating my favorite chocolate ice-cream on a cone. The server there took a scoop of the ice-cream and carefully tried to fill it in the cone per my specific request.  All day long she has to individually meet each customer request since she can’t prefill the cones.  Each person may have a different choice from the number of scoops to flavor and topping combinations. She had the option of offering fewer flavor and topping combinations, but then there would be some customers whose preference are outside of these standard choices.  This reminded me of the storage challenges faced by virtualization administrators on a daily basis.

Server virtualization provides enormous benefits for the modern data center, but it can also be daunting from a storage perspective. Provisioning storage to match the exact virtual machine (VM) requirements has always been challenging, often ending in a series of compromises. Just as the server at the ice-cream store tried to fill the ice-cream in the cone in the precise amount per my request, virtualization administrators try to match a virtual machine’s storage requirements with the external storage as closely as possible. Up until now that presented a challenge because VMs could not be managed on an individual basis easily.

VMware has introduced one of the most talked-about features in the vSphere 6.0 release – Virtual Volumes. Virtual Volumes helps to solve this challenge of matching a virtual machine’s storage requirements with an external storage on a per virtual machine basis. It transforms the external storage from a LUN/Volume centric model to a truly VM-centric storage solution, enabling data services and data placement at the virtual machine level.

Dell Storage PS Series arrays provide a comprehensive suite of Host Integration Tools (HIT/VMware) that tightly integrates with vSphere and enable consistent data protection, performance optimization and streamlined management and operation.

Dell EqualLogic was an early pioneer in integrating with VMware, and continues this legacy with the inclusion of the integration of vSphere 6.0 and its VM-centric storage features into its products that will be made available later this year.

To learn more about the benefits of Virtual Volumes on PS Series arrays and PS Series array integration highlights with vSphere 6.0, please download this brief from the storage analyst firm, Taneja Group. As always you can follow us at @Dell_Storage on Twitter, we are always interested in your virtualization challenges and goals.  

About the Author: Karthik Konaparthi