IBM releases a new redbook: “Implementing VMware ESX Server 2.1 with IBM TotalStorage FAStT”


This Redbook is a compilation of recommendations for planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining FAStT storage solutions and, more specifically, in a VMware ESX Server based host environment..

Setting up a FAStT Storage Server can be a complex task. There is no single configuration that will be satisfactory for every application or situation. Part one provides the conceptual framework for understanding FAStT in a Storage Area Network and includes recommendations, hints, and tips for the physical installation, cabling, and zoning. Although no performance figures are included, we discuss the performance and tuning of various components and features to guide you when working with FAStT.

The second part of the book is dedicated to the VMware ESX 2.1 Server environment deployed on either IBM Eserver xSeries or BladeCenter equipment. It provides substantial information for different configurations and attachment to FAStT.

Table of Contents:

Part 1 – FAStT introduction, planning, configuration and maintenance
Chapter 1. Introduction to FAStT and SAN
Chapter 2. FAStT planning tasks
Chapter 3. FAStT configuration tasks
Chapter 4. FAStT maintenance tasks

Part 2 – VMware ESX Server and FAStT
Chapter 5. Introduction to VMware
Chapter 6. VMware ESX Server terminology, features, limitations and tips
Chapter 7. VMware ESX Server storage configurations
Chapter 8. Installing VMware ESX Server
Chapter 9. Redundancy by configuration

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