One of the hits from my TechTarget storage virtualization seminar this week was a discussion of the relative merits of different storage protocols. Sounds deadly, but this can be quite a religious issue for folks, and it generated lively debate. I’m firmly in the “do what works” camp – there is no always-right protocol, and they all can work.
In the interests of all, I’d like to point out two delicious sources of VMware storage protocol wisdom:
An internal paper from VMware’s performance folks titled Comparison of Storage Protocol Performance shows that, as expected, Fibre Channel has the lowest CPU overhead and best overall throughput. But, no surprise to anyone who’s tested alternatives, iSCSI and NFS also work pretty darn well! And you can knock that extra CPU load right down to the FC level with an iSCSI HBA.
Next up is a best practices paper from Network Appliance that is chock full of VMware storage goodness. If you’re curious about the potentials of NFS storage for VMDKs, this paper is a must-read! I’m pretty impressed with what VMware over NFS has to offer.
By the way, my next seminars are June 24 and 26 in Atlanta and San Francisco, respectively. I’ll also be presenting some related content at Storage Decisions in Chicago in May and Toronto in June.