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HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450

with VMware vSphere 6.0


implementation guide
Boost VMware ROI with all-flash HPE 3PAR
StoreServ Storage

Contents
Executive summary ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 2
All-flash and no compromise.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
VMware vSphere 6.0 with all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage ....................................................................................................................... 4
Solution components............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5
HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage ................................................................................................................................................................................................................5
HPE ProLiant blade server ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7
HPE StoreFabric B-series Switches.................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Implementing HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage with VMware vSphere 6.0..............................................................................................................................8
Architecture overview ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................8
Storage implementation with VMware vSphere 6.0 ........................................................................................................................................................................... 9
VMware vSphere Storage APIs—Array Integration ........................................................................................................................................................................ 12
VMware vSphere API for Storage Awareness ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
HPE OneView for VMware vCenter ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
HPE StoreFront Analytics for VMware vRealize Operations Manager.......................................................................................................................... 15
VMware Virtual Volumes ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
Unified block, file, and object access with HPE 3PAR File Persona ................................................................................................................................. 17
VMware vSphere Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler .................................................................................................................................................... 18
VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
HPE 3PAR integration with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager ........................................................................................................................ 19
VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 20
Summary ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20
For more information......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 21

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Executive summary
VMware vSphere® is a leading virtualization platform, capable of transforming your data center into a dramatically simplified cloud infrastructure
that is ready to drive the next generation of flexible and reliable IT services. Often, the overall solution is only as good as the weakest link in the
chain, which is typically on the storage end. Virtual machines (VMs) may run on servers but they live on storage, which serves as the foundation
of a virtualized environment. A VM will only operate as fast as the speed of the slowest resources, and storage with spinning drives can become
the anchor that limits performance. Available storage resources will dictate your overall VM density and a shortage of storage resources will
prevent you from fully utilizing host compute resources.

Enterprise customers looking to make a primary storage investment for a new or existing VMware® infrastructure due to performance or capacity
needs with virtualization, cannot afford not to consider an all-flash or converged flash array. Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers the only
architecture in the market that is flash-optimized without being flash-limited—so you will not have to make business-limiting decisions when it
comes to implementing flash, such as inserting a new silo into your environment or undergoing painful and expensive hardware rip-and-replace.

When performance and low all-flash array cost matters, one example of an all-flash array from Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the HPE 3PAR
StoreServ 8450. The HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 delivers a next-generation storage platform designed to address the challenges of server
virtualization and maximize return on investment (ROI) for VMware vSphere. All HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage offerings feature a modern
storage architecture that is built from the ground up to enhance the benefits of applications such as VMware vSphere by exceeding the demands
that server virtualization places on the storage infrastructure. This white paper provides information and resources on implementing HPE 3PAR
StoreServ 8450 Storage with VMware vSphere 6.0.
Target audience
This white paper is intended for HPE and VMware partners and customers who seek a simplified, all-flash storage solution to maximize their
VMware infrastructures ROI. Readers of this white paper should have a functional understanding of VMware vSphere concepts and technologies.

All-flash and no compromise


Maybe you think you do not need the ultra-high IOPS and ultra-low latency that an all-flash array delivers but performance is not the only reason
to choose flash, and an all-flash array is not your only option. More compact, more energy-efficient, lower latency, and more predictable in
performance than spinning drives, flash-based media is no longer the future of storage—it has become mainstream. You need the storage
platform you invest in today to meet your needs, not just tomorrow but well into the future, and that means you need to be considering a
solution with a flash-optimized architecture today.

Falling drive prices and lower-cost, higher-density options such as commercial multi-level cell (cMLC) SSDs are making flash more affordable
than ever—as low as $1.50 USD per usable gigabyte for all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage. 1 Flash has gone mainstream, and more
businesses are using it for more of their applications—and with good reason. Flash delivers incredible power in an unbeatably efficient package.
For example, by using SSDs instead of HDDs, the all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 uses 92 percent fewer disks, 71 percent less power,
75 percent less rack space, and an 86 percent reduction in software licensing costs. 2

Do you think you can’t afford it? Think again. All-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage system configurations (figure 1) start as low as
$19000 USD and offer new value-priced starter kits and bundles such as the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8200 All-Flash Starter Kit, which includes
software and three years of 24x7 Proactive Care support.

Do you need additional scalability and quad-node resiliency? The all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 and converged flash 8440 both scale to
four nodes and 1843 TB of raw flash capacity, with the converged flash array also supporting spinning media for additional scalability and
flexibility.

Are you looking for massive headroom? The HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage 20800 All-Flash Starter Kit offers the industry’s most scalable flash
architecture with up to 60 PB of aggregate usable capacity, 10 million IOPS, and 300 Gbps bandwidth in a four-system federation. 3

1 Requires the use of 3.84 TB cMLC SSDs and HPE 3PAR compaction technologies
2 Based on the comparison of the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 with 3.84 TB cMLC SSDs vs. an equivalent HDD-only 8400 system
3 Requires the use of HPE 3PAR Peer Motion software; assuming 4 x 20800 arrays that support 2.5 million IOPS and 15 PB of usable capacity, customers can configure up to

60 PB of usable capacity that supports an aggregate of 10 million IOPS and 300 Gbps of bandwidth
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Figure 1. HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage family

Storage that is flash-optimized, not flash limited


To understand how the HPE 3PAR StoreServ architecture is flash-optimized, it is critical to understand some of the fundamental limitations of
the other all-flash array options available today. These options give you a choice between two general categories. On one hand, you have all-flash
and hybrid systems from major storage vendors that typically leverage legacy architectures that were never designed for flash but are now being
used to support SSDs. This is an inefficient and expensive way to deploy flash, and it has resulted in an unhealthy ecosystem of startups looking
to fill the gap with purpose-built, all-flash arrays.

Your other option is an all-flash system that is highly specialized—generally targeted at either delivering incredible flash-based performance or
lowering the cost of deploying flash. While some of these niche systems may deliver impressive performance or a low entry price point, they
cannot deliver both ultra-high performance and a low all-flash array cost at the same time—so you have to trade one for the other.

What is even more troubling is that the benefits offered by these niche systems come at the expense of adding another silo to your data center.
You have to sacrifice enterprise-class resiliency, scalability, federated data mobility, and in some cases advanced data services such as replication
and quality of service (QoS) controls. So while it is true that, among these options, you can surely find an array that fits your specific needs today,
they are all inherently limited.

Any architecture that relies on a modular design cannot offer tier-1 resiliency. Any solution that is limited in scalability and lacks rich data
services cannot give you the most return on your storage investment. Adding flash to the equation only magnifies these limitations.
All the benefits and none of the limitations
Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers a flash-optimized architecture unlike any other on the market. It is highly scalable in terms of both capacity
and performance, and if you are already using HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, it does not require you to introduce an entirely new architecture in
your environment to get the benefits of flash. The entire family is flash-optimized, giving you a choice of all-flash models, converged flash models
that also support spinning drives, flash-extended system cache, and the addition of a high-performance flash tier to an existing system. This
eliminates the need to rip and replace. What’s more, HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage offers a flash array with an architecture that does not
compromise data mobility, cost efficiency, or rich data services to achieve all-flash performance.
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VMware vSphere 6.0 with all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage
When it comes to integrating all-flash storage into your VMware vSphere infrastructure, the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 gives you the best of
both worlds. Not only does a Mesh-Active design remove the bottlenecks that can choke legacy architectures and limit scalability but also lowers
your cost per usable gigabyte through an impressive lineup of unique hardware and software efficiencies that extend your flash investments.

Simply put, the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 gives you all the benefits of flash without any limitations, so you can invest in a storage system that
doesn’t just meet your immediate virtualization needs but is designed to handle whatever your future might bring. Table 1 compares the
HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 to other all-flash arrays.
Table 1. How the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 stacks up against other all-flash arrays
Flash appliances Flash limited arrays HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450

Design focus Hardware focused Flash-only point solution Flash-optimized, adaptive architecture

Performance 1,000,000 IOPS 200,000–500,000 IOPS 1,000,000 IOPS

Architecture Dual-controller Dual-controller Mesh-Active, Quad-controller

Data services None Limited Complete, enterprise-class

Data mobility Siloed within appliance Siloed Federated, bidirectional Peer Motion
between systems; online import for data
migration from legacy arrays

Capacity granularity Coarse Granular Fine-grained

Raw capacity scalability 60–280 TB 70–120 TB 1,843.2 TB

Usable capacity scalability 40–200 TB (with RAID 5) 250–375 TB 5.5 PB

Cost Approximately $6–$10 USD/GB (usable) Approximately $4–$8 USD/GB (usable) Approximately $1.50 USD/GB (usable) 4

The benefits of deploying the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage with VMware vSphere 6.0 deployments comes in two key areas. First, it
reduces the number of hard drives required to meet a performance demand. The second benefit is the increased number of virtual machines
available per host, which limits the number of hosts you would need to buy.
Reduce drive count while increasing storage performance
In most VMware vSphere 6.0 deployments, traditional storage tends to be overprovisioned for capacity in order to achieve a high level of
consistent performance. As mentioned in the previous section, the effective cost per GB of an all-flash array is low enough now that most data
centers should consider it first—rather than adding additional spinning drives to an existing RAID group.

The traditional way of dealing with a storage performance problem is to create very high drive count arrays. The challenge with this approach is
the cost of deploying dozens, perhaps hundreds of hard drives to generate the right amount of performance. In addition, many data centers will
only format the outer edges of those drives to make sure that data is landing on the fastest portion of the drive. This technique obviously wastes,
even more, capacity and consumes, even more, power and budget dollars.

All-flash arrays such as the HPE StoreServ 8450 can eliminate the high drive count array problem by moving the applications data to a
high-performance, low-latency storage area that actually ends up being less expensive, requires less power, and provides better overall
performance—increasing your all-flash ROI.

4 Requires the use of 3.84 TB cMLC drives


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Increase VM density
Another benefit of an all-flash array in a VMware vSphere 6.0 deployment is the increase in VM density per host. The typical physical server that
is designed to host VMs is not like a typical server. It often has more CPUs, more memory, and better networking. However, since it is more costly,
you do not want to buy more than you need. Most host server CPUs are severely underutilized, often because of the storage I/O they can sustain.
With an all-flash array, the gains in I/O performance vs. a spinning disk array and decreased server CPU utilization allow IT administrators to
deploy more VMs per physical server. This is done through relieving an I/O bottleneck between the VMware vSphere hypervisor and the storage
array. This means fewer hosts and lower costs.

Solution components
This section provides information on the major hardware components used to write this white paper. These components provide the best mix
for achieving mission-critical performance, high-availability, and low all-flash array cost for virtualized workloads in a VMware vSphere 6.0
environment. However, this is not a list of all the necessary components needed to build and rack a complete solution. For a complete solution,
contact your HPE reseller or HPE representative for more details.

HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage


The HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage offers enterprise tier 1 storage at a midrange price. HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage delivers the
performance advantages of a purpose-built, flash-optimized architecture without compromising resiliency, efficiency, or data mobility. The new
HPE 3PAR Gen5 Thin Express ASIC provides silicon-based hardware acceleration of thin technologies, including inline deduplication, to reduce
acquisition and operational costs by up to 75 percent 5 without compromising performance.

With unmatched versatility, performance, and density, HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage gives you a range of options that support true
convergence of block and file protocols, all-flash array performance, and the use of spinning media to further optimize costs. HPE 3PAR
StoreServ 8000 Storage offers rich, tier-1 data services, quad-node resiliency, seamless data mobility between systems, high availability through
a complete set of persistent technologies, and simple and efficient data protection with a flat backup to HPE StoreOnce Backup appliances. Four
models are available: 8200, 8400, 8440, and 8450 (figure 2). You can start small and grow without painful upgrades down the road.

Figure 2. HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage

Features 6
Lower your cost of storage by up to 75 percent
• Get the lowest all-flash starting price or $1.50 USD per GB usable with 5-year warranty on all SSDs.
• Cut capacity requirements by up to 75 percent with data compaction technologies.
• Simplify storage management and reduce footprint by 67 percent with unified block and file.
• Get industry-leading density of 5.5 PB per floor tile.

5 HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/getpdf.aspx/c04607918.pdf


6 www8.hp.com/us/en/products/disk-storage/product-detail.html?oid=8516603#!tab=features
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Deliver performance without compromise


• Eliminate bottlenecks with a flash-optimized, scale-out architecture and > 1 million IOPS.
• Ensure service levels with QoS optimization and consistent, sub-millisecond latency.
• Support mixed workloads and accelerate performance with the Gen5 Thin Express ASIC.
• Boost flash performance by 35 percent and reduce latency by 2.5X with 16 Gbps Fibre Channel.

Eliminate downtime and consolidate with confidence


• Maintain high availability and tier-1 resiliency with a complete set of persistent technologies.
• Achieve near-synchronous RPOs with flexible, transparent, model-agnostic remote replication.
• Simplify backup and restores with application-aware, storage-integrated data protection.

Respond effortlessly to unpredictable and changing demands


• Grow with freedom in any direction, from as little as 3.6 TB to 7.3 PB usable in a single system.
• Eliminate complexity with iSCSI for Ethernet and speed configuration with automated storage networking.
• Modernize your EMC and HDS storage infrastructure with painless, no-cost data migration.
• Optimize storage at the data center level with seamless data movement between arrays.

For more information on features and available options of the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450, see the QuickSpecs or visit the HPE 3PAR StoreServ
Family product page.
HPE 3PAR StoreServ Management Console
The HPE 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) shown in figure 3 provides an easy management and report interface. Most operations
and reports can be performed via the easy-to-navigate SSMC interface such as host creation and editing; volume creation, tuning, and resizing;
report generation and viewing. Tasks that can only be performed via the CLI interface include creating the remote copy transport layer, which is
typically a one-time event. The SSMC interface and CLI interface can be installed on multiple different servers at the same time.

For more information, see the HPE 3PAR StoreServ Management Console product page.

Figure 3. The SSMC provides an easy-to-use management interface for HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage
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HPE ProLiant blade server


Designed for a wide range of configuration and deployment options, HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Server Blade shown in figure 4 provides the
flexibility to enhance your core IT applications with right-sized storage for the right workload—resulting in lower TCO. This performance
workhorse adapts to any demanding blades environment, including virtualization, IT and Web infrastructure, collaborative systems, cloud, and
high-performance computing. HPE OneView, the converged management platform, accelerates IT service delivery through a software-defined
approach to managing it all. HPE ProLiant servers deliver industry-leading compute innovation. Building on 25 years of proven features and
functions, the HPE ProLiant portfolio is designed to improve cost savings, while providing more compute per watt per dollar to meet the new
demands of today’s marketplace.

For more information on HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Server Blade, see the QuickSpecs or visit the HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Server Blade
product page.

Figure 4. HPE BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure with HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Blade Server

HPE StoreFabric B-series Switches


From small and midsized operations to enterprise data centers and cloud, HPE StoreFabric has dynamic end-to-end solutions that solve even the
most frustrating storage networking challenges. Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers a comprehensive portfolio of storage networking products and
accessories from leading suppliers for connection to SANs with HPE servers and HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage systems and other Fibre Channel
storage devices.

This solution used two of the HPE StoreFabric Brocade 16Gb SAN Switches shown in figure 5 for the HPE BladeSystem c-Class enclosure,
providing SAN connectivity between the servers and storage.

For more information, see the QuickSpecs product page.

Figure 5. HPE SN6000B 16Gb 48-port Fibre Channel Switch


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Implementing HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage with VMware vSphere 6.0


Architecture overview
Figure 6 provides a high-level view of the major hardware components used to build out the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage and VMware
vSphere 6.0 virtualization solution discussed in this white paper.

Figure 6. Hardware layout view of VMware vSphere 6.0 infrastructure with all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage

Storage configuration
The solution uses the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 with four controller nodes and 16 480 GB cMLC SSDs. The built-in 16 Gb Fibre Channel ports
provide connectivity from the storage to the HPE 16 Gb blade switches in the HPE BladeSystem c7000. The SAN is configured with multiple I/O
paths to enable high-availability and load balancing for optimal performance and redundancy. For more information on cabling, see the
HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage Installation Guide.

The storage is provisioned with multiple CPGs for different RAID types (RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 6). The different RAID groups allow for
tailoring to specific I/O performance, capacity, and redundancy needs with the volumes assigned to these different groups. For example, if you
have many VMs and want the highest level of volume protection, you may want RAID 6 protection. Although less likely in spinning drives, SSDs
can still have random failures. If you already have several redundant high-availability features in place (database availability groups, redundant
copies of data or databases, etc.) and prefer to get just the best possible I/O performance from your SSDs, then you may want only RAID 1
protection.

Each Virtual Volume is thinly provisioned to allocate as much logical capacity to a VMware VMFS volume as needed over the lifetime of that
volume, without actually dedicating any physical capacity up front. This helps to minimize disk usage and maximize available capacity. Table 2
provides additional details on the storage hardware.
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Table 2. HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage tested configuration


Storage configuration Details

Storage platform
• Product model HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450
• Number of controller nodes 4
• Fibre Channel host ports Up to 24 x 16 Gb/sec (8 Built-in and 16 Add-on)
• HPE 3PAR OS version 3.2.2 MU2
• Number and type of drives 16 x HPE 3PAR 8000 480 GB cMLC SSD

Server configuration
The vSphere hosts are installed on eight HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Blade Servers. The hosts are installed with VMware ESXi™ 6.0 and
configured into a VMware vSphere cluster. Each host has four to six VMs installed in Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2. Freeware Iometer is
used to generate a workload on the VMs.

HPE BladeSystem c7000 provides the enclosure for the blade servers and blade switches. HPE VC Flex-10 Ethernet switches provide the
network resources used for vSphere vSwitches and HPE Brocade 16Gb Fibre Channel switches provide the storage connectivity.

An additional blade server is dedicated to hosting infrastructure applications and services. Examples of infrastructure items include VMware
vCenter Server, Microsoft Windows® Active Directory, DNS services, and HPE 3PAR StoreServ management and command line interface
applications. Table 3 provides additional details on the server hardware.
Table 3. HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Blade Server hardware configuration
Storage configuration Details

Number of blade servers 9

Server platform (each)


• Product model HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Blade Server
• CPU 2 x Intel® Xeon® E5-2680 v3
• Memory 256 GB
• Number and type of drives 2 x HP 450 GB 12G SAS 15K HDD
• Fibre Channel HBA 2 x 16 Gb FC HBA Mezzanine
• Network (FlexibleLOM) HPE FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 554FLB

Storage implementation with VMware vSphere 6.0


There are several best practices when configuring HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage with VMware vSphere 6.0 as well as in general with any
HPE 3PAR StoreServ and VMware vSphere deployment. Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides several reference white papers to help with the
deployment of HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage with VMware vSphere environments, including those shown in table 4.

Table 4. HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage implementation reference information


White paper URL

HPE 3PAR StoreServ Architecture h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/getpdf.aspx/4aa3-3516enw.pdf

HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage best practices guide www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/getpdf.aspx%2F4AA4-4524ENW.pdf

HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 6 best practices h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/getpdf.aspx/4aa4-3286enw.pdf
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HPE customizations for VMware ESXi


Certain HPE ProLiant servers require the use of the HPE Customized image for a successful installation. The drivers for the new network and
storage controllers in the servers are integrated into the HPE Customized image and are not part of the generic ESXi image that is distributed by
VMware. ESXi requires drivers for these controllers to be integrated as you are not able to insert them during installation. For more information,
see the HPE ProLiant servers with VMware webpage: www8.hp.com/us/en/products/servers/solutions.html?compuri=1499005#.V0NnnfkrLmE.
This solution was installed with HPE Customized ESXi Image based on VMware vSphere 6.0 with update 2.
Firmware updates
Hewlett Packard Enterprise encourages all HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and HPE ProLiant server customers to upgrade to the latest
recommended firmware. Upgrading to the most current firmware ensures that the storage and servers benefit from the ongoing design
improvements and enhancements.

The Get 6-Nines Guarantee program can help customers identify the latest HPE 3PAR OS version that is covered under the program. For more
information, contact your HPE reseller or HPE sales representative for more details.
Selecting the correct host definition
Before exporting VLUNs from HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage to the ESXi host, you need to create a host definition that specifies the correct host
OS and corresponding persona for each system that is to be connected to the HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage. The host OS may be specified when
creating the host definition as shown in figure 7 or an existing host definition may be edited. Set the host OS field to VMware (ESXi). Selecting
VMware (ESXi) will automatically set the persona to 11-VMware. Host definitions may be created to use either Fibre Channel or iSCSI ports by
choosing WWN or iSCSI names.

Figure 7. Set host OS to VMware (ESXi)

Multipathing considerations
To maintain a constant connection between an ESXi host and its storage, vSphere supports multipathing. To take advantage of this support,
Virtual Volumes should be exported to multiple paths to the host server. To do this, create a host definition on the HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage
system that includes the Worldwide Names (WWNs) of multiple HBA ports on the host server and then export the VLUNs to that host definition.
For an ESXi cluster, the VLUNs must be exported to all of the host definitions for the cluster nodes, or a host set may be created containing all
the servers and the VLUNs can be exported to the host set. For help with creating host definitions and exporting VLUNs to the hosts, see the
HPE 3PAR StoreServ Management Console User Guide.
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Setting Round Robin path policy


VMware vSphere includes active/active multipath support to maintain a constant connection between the ESXi host and the HPE 3PAR
StoreServ Storage array. Three path policies are available, “Fixed,” “Most Recently Used,” and “Round Robin.” For all HPE 3PAR StoreServ storage
including the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450, Round Robin is the recommended policy for best performance and load balancing; however, it may not
be enabled by default. The path policies can be viewed and modified from the vSphere Web Client on a per datastore basis as shown in figure 8.
1. In the vSphere Web Client, select the datastore.
2. Select the Manage tab.
3. Select the Settings tab.
4. Click Connectivity and Multipathing.
5. Select one of the ESXi hosts and then click the Edit Multipathing button (highlighted in red in figure 8).
6. In the pop-up window, select Round Robin from the Path selection policy drop-down menu (as shown in figure 9).
7. Click OK to save the new setting.
8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 for each ESXi host.

Figure 8. Edit multipathing policy


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Figure 9 shows an example of an HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 VLUN that has the Round Robin path policy. Note that the status for all eight paths
to the LUN is “Active (I/O).”

Figure 9. LUN set to Round Robin path policy

VMware vSphere Storage APIs—Array Integration


The VMware vSphere Storage APIs—Array Integration (VAAI) allow for hardware acceleration and offloading certain operations that normally
occur at the host level, to the storage system. With the storage hardware assistance, your host performs these operations faster and consumes
less CPU, memory, and storage fabric bandwidth.
Native VAAI support in all HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage
Under the VAAI initiative, APIs have been introduced to improve performance, resource utilization, and scalability by leveraging more efficient
array-based operations. vSphere 5 and 6 provide enhanced support for the T10 SCSI standard without the need to install a plug-in, enabling
vSphere to utilize a more advanced features of the storage array directly. Native T10 support is built into HPE 3PAR OS 3.1.1 and greater,
allowing the ESXi host to communicate directly to HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage without a VAAI plug-in.

For more information, see the Reduce resource and storage bandwidth consumption—simply and significantly white paper.

VMware vSphere API for Storage Awareness


VMware vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) is a set of APIs that permit storage arrays to integrate with vCenter for management
functionality. This includes displaying features of the physical storage devices and providing storage health status, configuration info, and
capacity usage.
Native VASA support in all HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage
Just like VAAI support, VASA is natively supported in HPE 3PAR OS without any plug-ins. This visibility into the array’s configuration of its
datastores and their capabilities simplifies vSphere administration with HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage. Capabilities such as RAID level, thin or
thick provisioned, device type (SSD, fast class, or nearline) and replication state can now be made visible from within vCenter Server’s disk
management interface. This allows vSphere administrators to select the appropriate disk for virtual machine placement based on its needs.
VASA eliminates the need for maintaining complex spreadsheets detailing the storage capabilities of each LUN previously required to guarantee
the correct service-level agreement (SLA).
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HPE OneView for VMware vCenter


HPE OneView for VMware vCenter seamlessly integrates the manageability features of HPE servers and HPE storage products such as
HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 into the VMware vCenter console. The integration of HPE OneView with VMware vCenter enables VMware
administrators to automate control of HPE compute, storage, and networking resources without detailed knowledge of each device.

HPE OneView for VMware vCenter can:


• Provision and manage physical storage resources
• Obtain physical and logical end-to-end view of virtual machines and underlying server and storage devices
• View reports on device capacity and usage
• Monitor storage status and health information

By integrating HPE Converged Infrastructure management features directly into VMware vCenter, administrators can use a familiar VMware
management tool to provision, monitor, update, and scale HPE compute, storage, and network resources without having to leave the vCenter
console. This integration simplifies everyday management tasks such as viewing a summary of how HPE storage is being utilized for a specific
VM (figure 10) or easily creating storage volumes and vSphere datastores (figures 11 and 12) for new or existing VMware clusters in as few
steps as possible. HPE OneView makes the delivery and maintenance of IT services fast, cost-effective, and reliable—increasing the VMware
administrator’s productivity and the overall quality of service in the VMware infrastructure.

Storage management with HPE OneView for VMware vCenter is available at no charge. 7 Licensing is enabled as part of the download and
installation sequence.

Figure 10. Summary window for configured storage

7 Server management with HPE OneView for VMware vCenter is licensed with HPE OneView and HPE Insight Control.
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Figure 11. Integrated menu options for quickly creating new datastores

Figure 12. Simple, easy-to-use wizards for creating new datastores


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For more information, see the HPE OneView for VMware vCenter product page.

HPE StoreFront Analytics for VMware vRealize Operations Manager


HPE StoreFront Analytics for VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ (vROps) is an adapter that extends vROps functionality to support
HPE storage. VMware administrators using HPE StoreFront Analytics are able to visualize and analyze data from their HPE 3PAR StoreServ
storage array directly within vROps, without switching to another tool.

HPE StoreFront Analytics for VMware vROps installs directly as an adapter extension through VMware vROps. It provides basic health
information for all resources at no charge but requires a license for advanced key metrics that includes performance and capacity data after
60-day evaluation. HPE StoreFront Analytics for VMware vROps comes with preconfigured dashboards to troubleshoot performance problems
and forecast capacity information.

HPE StoreFront Analytics for VMware vROps integrates directly into vROps and manifests as a set of additional dashboard tabs within vROps.
These dashboards allow the vSphere administrator to get storage capacity information quickly and enable troubleshooting scenarios that span
virtual layers and include the physical HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage arrays. These clear relationships between VMs, datastores, and storage
increase the vSphere administrator’s productivity and ability to ensure quality of service.

HPE StoreFront Analytics for vROps can:


• Monitor health, performance, and capacity for HPE 3PAR StoreServ components including volumes, CPGs, storage systems, controllers, drive
cages, disk drives, ports, and fans.
• Provide a visual mapping from virtual machines and datastores to HPE 3PAR StoreServ components, so that administrators can quickly
identify health, workload, and capacity problems impacting the performance of virtual machines.
• Enable administrators to identify quickly the storage resources that need attention. Identify bottlenecks based on response time and recognize
resource hogs based on capacity utilization, IOPS, or throughput.
• Provide preconfigured dashboards focused on monitoring, troubleshooting, and performance analysis; users can also create their own
dashboards customized for their environment.
• Provide advanced capacity planning with the HPE StoreFront Analytics data.
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Figure 13 shows the HPE 3PAR StoreServ Monitoring dashboard with a detailed graphical view, which identifies most of the HPE 3PAR storage
details without logging into the HPE 3PAR management console. Here you can see storage utilization, LUN utilization, health status, and system
alerts. You can configure much more using the vRealize Operations Manager widgets.

Figure 13. HPE 3PAR StoreServ Monitoring dashboard

For more information, see the VMware vRealize Operations product page.

VMware Virtual Volumes


With support for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) and Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) built within the HPE 3PAR StoreServ
Operating System, common storage management tasks such as LUN provisioning and management are greatly simplified. With VVols, any
HPE 3PAR StoreServ feature that is supported with VVols can now be implemented at the individual VM level as shown in figure 14, to provide
the best possible efficiency and control of storage resources. Your applications directly benefit from this new, fine-grain level of interaction with
critical storage resources. By using policies to provision LUNs automatically at the time of VM creation, no pre-provisioning of datastores is
required and administrative costs are reduced by eliminating tedious tasks. HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage offers the flexibility of being a single
storage container for a vSphere administrator to manage and track.
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Eliminate overprovisioning and automatically reclaim space


Support for VMware VVols eliminates the need to pre-provision large datastores, a common practice of storage admins in the past when using
VMFS. VVols enable the automatic provisioning of HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage on an as-needed, on-demand basis during the creation of a
virtual machine (VM) from within vCenter Server. This integration lightens the tasks placed on the storage administrator and empowers the
vSphere administrator to take responsibility for VM and storage provisioning. Administration of the VVols with HPE 3PAR is simple and enables
efficiency in day-to-day operations. With VVols, HPE 3PAR StoreServ becomes VM-aware. As a result, automatic space reclamation is now
possible when VMs are deleted or moved. This ensures that no space is wasted and the array maintains a thin footprint. HPE 3PAR StoreServ
Storage also enables deployment and restoration of array-based snapshots on a per-VM basis to a disk tier different from the production data,
which helps save valuable capacity.

Figure 14. VVols enable VM-level granularity of HPE 3PAR StoreServ array features

For more information, see the Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HPE 3PAR StoreServ white paper.

Unified block, file, and object access with HPE 3PAR File Persona
With converged protocol support for block and file workloads (figure 15), there is, even more, reason to choose flash-optimized HPE 3PAR
StoreServ Storage. All models in the HPE 3PAR StoreServ family feature Converged Controller nodes that not only serve block workloads
(vSphere datastores, for example) but also file workloads, as well as object access enabling new use cases such as allowing VMs to redirect its
user profile and home directory to separate SMB file shares without deploying any additional file server(s). With HPE 3PAR File Persona, you can
unlock the native file and object access capabilities within your HPE 3PAR StoreServ array—not just with the all-flash models but also across the
entire flash-optimized family.

HPE 3PAR File Persona Software Suite is a licensed native feature of the HPE 3PAR OS that enables a rich set of file protocols, an Object Access
API, and file data services. By unlocking File Persona capabilities, you gain the ability to provision file shares and block volumes from a single user
interface. This approach offers a unique solution that incorporates multi-protocol support into the system architecture to deliver a tightly
integrated, converged solution for provisioning both block storage volumes and file shares from a single storage system.

For more information on HPE 3PAR File Persona and virtualization, see the HPE 3PAR StoreServ with server virtualization and home directory
consolidation white paper.
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Figure 15. HPE 3PAR StoreServ converged block, file, and object access storage

VMware vSphere Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler


VMware vSphere Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) is a datastore cluster object introduced in vSphere 5 giving users the capability
to automate provisioning and maintenance of VMs on tiered storage resources. Users of vSphere have grown accustomed to the many benefits
of host clusters. With vSphere Storage DRS, users can now aggregate storage resources yielding similar high availability and performance
functionality. vSphere Storage DRS provides both initial and ongoing placement recommendations of VM and virtual disk drives based on
capacity and I/O latency metrics.

Note that when using HPE 3PAR Adaptive Optimization, the recommendation is to use Storage DRS for initial VMDK placement and ongoing
load balancing based only on capacity measures (as opposed to I/O latency metrics) in order to prevent downtime due to out of storage
scenarios. To implement this recommendation, configure Storage DRS in manual mode with I/O metric disabled.

For more information on VMware vSphere Storage DRS, see VMware’s Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0.

VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control


VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control (SIOC) is a vSphere feature (Figure 16) that manages shared storage resources across ESXi hosts to
provide a more predictable performance during periods of congestion. It monitors the latency of I/Os to a datastore for each ESXi host sharing
the device. When the average latency for a datastore exceeds a threshold (set by SIOC based upon storage type), SIOC distributes the storage
resources to VMs according to their assigned shares. It accomplishes this by reducing the number of I/O queue slots available to lower priority
VMs and increasing the slots for VMs with higher shares. By controlling the ESXi device queue depths in proportion to the VM shares, SIOC is
able to control storage congestion for the datastore and distribute HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage array resources appropriately.

Note that the congestion threshold represents a tradeoff between lower I/O latencies and throughput. When the threshold is set low, I/O
throttling is engaged more aggressively, which helps to maintain a lower I/O latency for the datastore but also reduces the overall throughput for
the datastore.

HPE 3PAR Adaptive Optimization is an HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage feature that moves data between storage tiers at scheduled intervals
depending upon usage patterns. The two features operate at different layers, so there is no conflict between them.

For more information, see the Storage I/O Control Technical Overview and Considerations for Deployment and Adaptive Optimization for
HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage white papers.
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Figure 16. Configure SIOC for datastore

HPE 3PAR integration with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager


VMware Site Recovery Manager™ (SRM) is a management and automation product that helps build, manage, test, and execute disaster recovery
plans for a VMware virtual infrastructure. The HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage system, as the storage component in a VMware virtual infrastructure,
holds virtual machine information for a protected site or location and recovery site or location.

HPE 3PAR Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) Software for VMware vCenter SRM integrates VMware SRM with HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage
and replication software to provide a complete and integrated business continuity solution. The solution offers centralized management of
recovery plans, non-disruptive testing, and automated site recovery, failback, and migration processes.

HPE 3PAR SRA for VMware vCenter SRM can:


• Accelerate recovery for the virtual environment through automation
• Promote reliable recovery by enabling non-disruptive testing
• Simplify recovery and human errors by eliminating complex manual recovery steps and centralizing management of recovery plans
• Leverage the high performance, reliability, and simplicity of HPE 3PAR replication capabilities

For more information, see the HPE 3PAR Storage Replication Adapter 6.1 for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager User Guide.
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VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster


vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) is a VMware-certified configuration for stretched storage cluster architectures allowing a vSphere cluster
to span across data centers. A vMSC configuration is designed to maintain data availability beyond a single physical or logical site. HPE 3PAR
StoreServ Storage including the all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage is certified as a vMSC configuration through the use of HPE 3PAR
Peer Persistence Software. For more information on certification, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.
HPE 3PAR Peer Persistence
HPE 3PAR Peer Persistence is an extension of HPE 3PAR Remote Copy Software and HPE 3PAR OS that enables a pair of HPE 3PAR StoreServ
Storage systems, located at metropolitan distances, to act as peers to each other and present a nearly continuous storage system to hosts
connected to them. Volumes presented to hosts are replicated across the pair of arrays and kept in sync. Each pair of replicated and
synchronized volumes across each array share the same WWN and appear as the same volume to the hosts. Taking advantage of Asymmetric
Logical Unit Access (ALUA) capabilities that allow paths to a SCSI device to be marked as having different characteristics, hosts connect to
volumes on one array via active paths, and connect to replicated volumes on the other array via standby paths. ALUA Path status and host
availability to the volumes are controlled by Peer Persistence software.

This capability along with vMSC, allows customers to configure a high-availability VMware storage solution between two sites or data centers
where switchover and switchback of access to the volumes across arrays remain transparent to the hosts and applications running on
those hosts.

For more information, see Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using HPE 3PAR Peer Persistence.

Summary
When deployed together, the all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage combined with VMware vSphere 6 deployed on HPE BL460c Gen9
Server Blades deliver a compelling utility computing solution. This combination boosts server virtualization ROI and increases the agility of your
organization by making it easy for you to build a highly scalable virtual data center that serves more applications with fewer hardware and
management resources. For more information on deploying VMware vSphere 6.0 with HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, see the HPE 3PAR
StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 6 Best Practices white paper.
Key highlights of implementing all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 Storage with VMware vSphere 6:
• Increase VM density on physical servers, placing more VMs on physical servers compared to traditional storage platforms by eliminating
storage bottlenecks
• Increase storage performance and efficiency with fewer drives by replacing spinning media with flash drives
• Low deployment costs, since hundreds of virtual servers and thousands of virtual clients, can be consolidated onto a single array without any
tradeoffs
• Set one operating system and a uniform feature across all HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage models, which makes rip-and-replace upgrades a
thing of the past
• Protect your flash investments with a 5-year warranty on all SSDs, including 3.84 TB cMLCs
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