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Best practices for deploying VMware vSphere 4 with VMware High Availability and Fault Tolerance on HP P4500 Multi-Site SAN cluster

 
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Best practices for deploying VMware vSphere 4 with VMware High Availability and Fault Tolerance on HP P4500 Multi-Site SAN cluster

Best practices for deploying VMware vSphere 4 with VMware High Availability and Fault Tolerance on HP P4500 Multi-Site SAN cluster

This whitepaper provides detailed practices to architect and deploy a cost-effective, highly available and fully fault tolerant solution that uses a combination of the new advanced availability features of VMware vSphere 4 combined with the following HP solutions:

  • ProLiant BL460c G6 Server Blades
  • ProCurve Networking
  • Virtual Connect/Flex-10 Technology
  • StorageWorks P4000 Multi-Site SAN cluster

HP customers have traditionally deployed this Multi-Site SAN cluster to “stretch” across two sites and realize full fault tolerance and built-in zero downtime between two sites.

 

VMware vSphere 4 has extended its High Availability capabilities with a new feature called VMware Fault Tolerance (FT). VMware FT enables two identical Virtual Machines (VM’s) to run in a protected “lockstep” mode on two separate ESX hosts. In the event of a failure in one of the ESX hosts, FT will enable the protected VM’s to continue to run with no interruption or reboot, no manual intervention, no downtime and no data loss.

This whitepaper describes how the addition of the vSphere 4 Fault Tolerance feature significantly extends this powerful HP solution by adding the ability to remain online during isolated and/or localized disruptions affecting individual components. Also included are best practices to combine this combination of HP and VMware technologies to protect against individual component failures (servers, storage network) as well as recover from site-wide outages.

 

This document is ideally suited to IT professionals responsible for implementing a virtualized environment with vSphere 4, and are looking for test-proven recommendations on how to deploy a complete, cost-effective and easy to maintain infrastructure capable of delivering both uninterrupted operation during local failures and resiliency to site-level outages.

Download Whitepaper Here