This NetApp technical report provides best practices for planning, architecting, deploying, and maintaining server virtualization environments based on VMware vSphere and NetApp clustered Data ONTAP . This publication focuses on the following key concepts:

  • General best practices
  • Administration
  • Data protection
  • Networking
  • Clustering storage

Clustering at the storage layer supports a number of unique functions that change the dynamics and the capabilities of the data center and IT administration staff. The code of best practices presented in this document defines the alignment between storage clusters and VMware vSphere environments. Readers are presented with the steps that are necessary to implement these best practices so that they can gain the most value from storage clustering with server virtualization.