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Zoning an ESXi host to 6 or 8 VNX FC ports

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Hi All,

Is there a benefit of zoning an ESXi host that is running NMP to more than 4 VNX storage ports? If I zone it to 6 or 8 ports, will I get more bandwidth and better performance?

Appreciate your input.

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adeelmehmood
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Re: Zoning an ESXi host to 6 or 8 VNX FC ports

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Hi,

In absence of EMC power path software,Zoning the ESXi hosts to more ports will only provide you with redundancy/fail-over functionality and no performance benefits as the native MPIO only provide one IO path active and remaining as standby.

you need to have EMC Powerpath VE Multipathing Software + License for each exsi host ,to get all the IO paths active/active and gain the better IO performance for ESxi hosts,

Please have a look to these documents for more details

EMC® Host Connectivity Guide for VMware ESX Server

https://www.emc.com/collateral/TechnicalDocument/docu5265.pdf

Using EMC VNX Storage with VMware vSphere

https://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/technical-documentation/h8229-vnx-vmware-tb.pdf

HTH.

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adeelmehmood
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Re: Zoning an ESXi host to 6 or 8 VNX FC ports

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Hi,

In absence of EMC power path software,Zoning the ESXi hosts to more ports will only provide you with redundancy/fail-over functionality and no performance benefits as the native MPIO only provide one IO path active and remaining as standby.

you need to have EMC Powerpath VE Multipathing Software + License for each exsi host ,to get all the IO paths active/active and gain the better IO performance for ESxi hosts,

Please have a look to these documents for more details

EMC® Host Connectivity Guide for VMware ESX Server

https://www.emc.com/collateral/TechnicalDocument/docu5265.pdf

Using EMC VNX Storage with VMware vSphere

https://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/technical-documentation/h8229-vnx-vmware-tb.pdf

HTH.

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