We have an existing Dell/EMC CX3-10 SAN environment that utilizes a Brocade Fibre switch that has been in place and working fine for a couple of years now. We have decided to move many of our App, Web, and management servers to a virtualization, ESXi VMWare 4.1. I’m needing to find information on best practices for setting up the storage environment for VMware, zoning, setting up the LUNs, etc so that I can set this up right the first time. I do have the necessary available ports in the Fibre switch, along with the necessary licensing, as well as more than 6Tb disk space in the SAN for this project. We purchased 3 Dell R710 servers with dual Qlogic 2460 4GB Optical Fiber Channel HBAs in each.
If anyone has any suggestion, thoughts, post, blogs, white papers or whatever would be great. I do have some experience working within the storage environment but I’m not guru so I’d be grateful for anything.
just as a side note... If you plan to use the infrastructure in a production environment a dual san fabric (two fc switches) would be reccomended