Introduction to EMC VPLEX

Learn the terminology, requirements, and use cases for EMC's Virtual Storage solution, VPLEX.
Course info
Rating
(29)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Feb 13, 2015
Duration
2h 11m
Table of contents
EMC VPLEX Overview
Common Terminology
Implementation Prerequisites
Licensing
Deployment Strategies
vSphere Metro Storage Clusters
VPLEX Witness
Next Steps
Description
Course info
Rating
(29)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Feb 13, 2015
Duration
2h 11m
Description

VPLEX is a virtual storage solution from EMC Corporation that enables seamless data mobility across arrays and even across sites. Coveted as a Disaster Avoidance technology, VPLEX "stretches" your storage between remote datacenters allowing for Active-Active storage. This is the ability to access the same data at different geographical locations. With this foundation set, virtual and physical clusters can be extended to provide load sharing and failover capabilities between sites. This course will develop your understanding of VPLEX from the "What and Why," to the implementation phase, and finally to the primary cases within your environment.

About the author
About the author

Joe Kelly has been designing and implementing virtualization and storage solutions for large and small corporate environments for over 10 years.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

EMC VPLEX Overview
Hello, welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Joe Kelly, and this is Introduction to EMC VPLEX. With the advent of what was impossible is now possible, the last several years has worked to free us from our physical constraints. This notion has been slowly working its way up the IT stack. We've seen it with server virtualization. We're starting to see it with network virtualization. And of course we've seen it with storage virtualization. There's no doubt in anyone's mind, this software is where it's at. This course will introduce you to the terminology, the capabilities, and the brilliance that it is, EMC VPLEX. Now storage virtualization is quite the interesting topic as it's kind of formulated around the very stuffy world of storage technologies. Traditional storage admins and vendors are very much set in their ways. That's right, I said it. Change is never good and most environments represent that mentality. Income storage virtualization and their world has been disrupted. Storage is now sight aware. The locality at storage doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. There are now new levels of availability and functionality. That goes against a very traditional mindset, It's a lot to digest for most people. That being said, my goal for this course is to tear down those stuffy walls and open you up as a listener to a new way to deliver storage within your organization. So, open your mind and ears as I prepare you for this new phase of storage advancements. Let's get started.

Implementation Prerequisites
Hello, welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Joe Kelly and this is Implementation Prerequisites. So you've committed to VPLEX. You're sold on its value. Now you want to get it implemented. Well hold up, there are a few requirements that need to be addressed so success is somewhat guaranteed. In this module we will take a look at the cabling requirements from both a Fiber Channel and a Copper perspective. We'll also look at the storage requirements from the VPLEX internal volumes needed for the cluster to the Backend Zoning across arrays. And then finally we'll look at the Network requirements, specifically around IP addressing.

Licensing
Hello, welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Joe Kelly, and this is Licensing.

Deployment Strategies
Hello, welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Joe Kelly, and this is Deployment Strategies. By now you should have a pretty good idea of the three VPLEX configuration options, and therefore the three Deployment Strategies. Those being Local, Metro, and Geo. However, you may not full know what particular use cases each is catered to. So really, the intent of this module is to further cement where each deployment strategy could be utilized in your environment.

vSphere Metro Storage Clusters
Hello, welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Joe Kelly, and this is vSphere Metro Storage Clusters. By now, we've talked about some of the use cases as it relates to each configuration, Local, Metro, and Geo. Now, we're going to expand on the number one primary use case, and that's Stretched vSphere clusters, otherwise known as vShpere Metro Storage Clusters. The components requirements in deployment models will all be discussed to give you an accurate representation of what's involved with this solution.

VPLEX Witness
Hello, welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Joe Kelly and this is VPLEX Witness. Within this module, we're going to discuss an optional component of VPLEX Metro and Geo configurations called VPLEX Witness. Now this is a truly optional component and the reason is most customer environments are really not supportive of its prerequisites as we'll see. So the topics we'll cover are what is VPLEX Witness? We'll basically define the basic definition of the solution. Why VPLEX Witness? Why Witness is needed in most environments and what it actually prevents against? What are the detach rules and consistency groups and why they are important? And of course the environment requirements, what you have to have in place to support his little protector to get the most benefit? And then we'll finally look at VPLEX Witness in action and see how it reacts to specific failures.