Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS ix4 and ix2 with VMware ESX Server 3.5

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Executive Summary

VMware ESX Server is virtual infrastructure software for consolidating and managing systems. This white paper explains how to set up an Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS ix4 or ix2 Server with VMware ESX Server for a virtual infrastructure. Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS ix4 and ix2 Servers are an integrated storage devices that offer NAS functionality to allow customers flexible deployment options. The product targets small businesses, offering a rich set of features and simplicity of management. It also provides detailed procedures that illustrate how to create storage on Iomega ix4 and ix2 devices in different forms and then utilize the storage on a VMware ESX Server. VMware Infrastructure 3 supports NAS storage devices using the NFS protocols. NFS offers a highly simplified management model that reduces cost and management complexity. This white paper further provides information on various steps such as NIC configuration in the ESX Server, VMkernel port configuration in the ESX Server, Adding Iomega shares to the ESX Server, Creating NFS datastores in the ESX Server, Multipathing and failover in the ESX Server. VMware Virtual Infrastructure improves the efficiency and availability of resources and applications in organizations of any sizes. It helps in lowering IT costs as well as both capital and operational costs thereby improving flexibility and operational efficiency.

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