Entry Level iSCSI for Small Business VMware
External storage is necessary to take advantage of all the features of VMware. Storage Area Networks (SAN) cost has been a major barrier for small business. Fortunately, VMware works with iSCSI storage and a number of entry level choices exist including the Thecus storage we reviewed previously.
Before spending the money on entry-level storage, perhaps the most cost effective path is to configure Openfiler with iSCSI so you can fully evaluate the features of VMware. Setup is simple with many step by step instructions available on the web for those new to this software.
As a reference prototype, you’ll want to configure at least two ESX hosts and external iSCSI storage. Once you have proven the benefits, consider carefully what features are necessary for your production version of external iSCSI storage.
Whatever storage you choose, you’ll want to look carefully at array to array replication capabilities. Those features will help you with projects such as disk backup and business continuity.
Paul Ely | Technical Operations Director | E-Oasis