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NetApp and VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 Storage Best Practices

This technical report reviews the best practices for implementing VMware Virtual Infrastructure on NetApp fabric-attached storage (FAS) systems. NetApp has been providing advanced storage features to VMware ESX solutions since the product began shipping in 2001. During that time, NetApp has developed operational guidelines for the FAS systems and ESX Server.

NetApp technology enables companies to extend their virtual infrastructure, enabling a number of benefits:

  • Data protection;
  • Ease of provisioning;
  • Cost-saving storage technologies;
  • Virtual machine (VM) backup and restore;
  • Instantaneous mass VM cloning for testing, application development, and training purposes; and
  • Simple and flexible business continuance options.

This technical report reviews the best practices for implementing VMware Virtual Infrastructure on NetApp fabric-attached storage (FAS) systems. NetApp has been providing advanced storage features to VMware ESX solutions since the product began shipping in 2001. During that time, NetApp has developed operational guidelines for the FAS systems and ESX Server.

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