It’s a simple fact — storage is one of the primary bottlenecks in any virtualized data center.  It’s slow disk and inconsistent hybrid systems that have been holding back VI performance.  Storage is often the reason why resource-intensive (think large DBs) or aggressive (think VDI) workloads remain either unvirtualized or siloed.

Flash-based shared storage removes the storage bottleneck and helps you get the most out of your virtualization investments.  But to get the absolute most out of ESX, you’ll want to follow some new best practices and configure VMware just a little bit differently.

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Here at Pure Storage we’ve developed and published a vSphere best practices guide that’s the best place to go to learn how to maximize your return on your storage and virtualization investments.  You should definitely download and read it if you’re going to deploy vSphere on any flash storage, particularly the FlashArray.

VMware vSphere Best Practices Guide

We have also collected a number of videos of Pure Storage virtualization gurus and vExperts discussing best practices topics — check these out if you’re in a hurry and want a quick primer on the following videos by clicking the thumbnails.  You can also meet 1:1 with these virtualization experts at VMworld 2015 — if you’re attending, just register for a meeting and you can ask them your questions directly.

Space reclamation (VAAI T10 UNMAP) best practices with Cody Hosterman End-to-end T10 UNMAP in vSphere 6 with Vaughn Stewart
Storage multipathing in vSphere with Craig Waters Virtual Machine Disk Types best practices with
Storage IO Control in vSphere with Vaughn Stewart Common VDI Questions with Kyle Grossmiller
Hardware locking (VAAI ATS) best practices with VAAI XCOPY best practices with Ravi Venkat