Virtualization technology is transforming businesses and organizations. Current storage capacity, performance, and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) integration requirements are growing faster than ever before while the infrastructure budget is shrinking in the same proportion.
IBM Redpaper REDP-5148 Deploying IBM FlashSystem V840 in a VMware Environment describes and demonstrates how to address IBM FlashSystem V840 business performance and capacity requirements by creating a Software Defined Storage (SDS) Control Plane to more efficiently integrate with VMware and Independent Software Vendor (ISV).
The IBM developed solution, IBM Storage Integration Server, addresses this requirement bringing automation, elasticity, Storage as a service capabilities and operations management for Storage management.
IBM Storage Integration Server provides the ability for IBM disk arrays and IBM FlashSystem V840 flash arrays to be automatically orchestrated and monitored in a cloud environment.
The IBM Storage Integration Server is a centralized server system that consolidates a range of IBM storage provisioning, virtualization, cloud, automation, and monitoring solutions through a unified server platform.
The IBM Storage Integration Server facilitates the integration of IBM Storage System resources by using options (user credential, storage system, and storage pool management) with supported independent software vendor (ISV) platforms and frameworks. It provides a foundation for integration with IBM systems and ISV solutions, and can be downloaded at no extra cost!
You can download the latest version at any time from the IBM Fix Central Website:
IBM Storage Integrated Server provides a single server back-end location and enables centralized management of IBM storage resources for different virtualization and cloud platforms, including:
- VMware vCenter Server
- VMware vSphere Web Client
- VMware vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)
As shown below, IBM Storage Integration Server works as an abstraction layer between the VMware environment and the FlashSystem V840, thereby consolidating and reducing the VMware components generated requests against the storage system:
For more details and the logistics of deploying IBM FlashSystem V840 in a VMware environment, utilizing IBM Storage Integration Sever and VMware tools for optimizing and provisioning V840 storage see Deploying IBM FlashSystem V840 in a VMware Environment.