Data Management

VMware VSphere and ESX 3.5 Multiprotocol Performance Comparison Using FC, ISCSI, and NFS

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Executive Summary

NetApp storage arrays and VMware vSphere natively support data access using FC, iSCSI, and NFS protocols. Because of the deployment and management differences in each protocol, determining which of these three protocols to use is one of the key steps in designing a virtualized infrastructure. With this in mind, knowing how each protocol performs in terms of throughput and CPU utilization can assist in making this important design consideration.

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