Virtualization

Using VMware VSphere and IBM Storwize V7000 as a Complete Virtualization Solution

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Executive Summary

The intent of this paper is to examine the virtualized environment that IBM Storwize V7000 and VMware vSphere provide. VMware vSphere when combined with the IBM Storwize V7000 provide a complete server and storage virtualization solution in which the infrastructure is dynamic and responsive to ever-changing business needs and requirements. Server virtualization with VMware vSphere has been successful in helping customers utilize hardware more efficiently, increase application performance and availability, and decrease management costs. Similar to how VMware vSphere abstracts server workloads from the underlying hardware to achieve server virtualization; IBM Storwize V7000 abstracts volumes from the physical storage resulting in a virtualized storage environment.

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