I’m making my way through the top 10 sessions from VMworld which are posted on the VMworld website. I have to tell you when I watch the experts talk about their individual domains of expertise I feel like a newbie all over again. Storage is one of these areas. I personally have a very broad skill set and don’t get lost in many technical conversations. Storage is one of those areas when you sit down with storage SME’s it can be difficult to keep up. Chad Sakac from EMC and Vaughn Stewart from NetApp did an outstanding job of keeping me engaged in this session on storage. One of my favorite bits of information as an Architect is when they referred the the debates between iSCSI, FC and NFS. Their general consensus is that it doesn’t matter. Go with what you feel comfortable with using. I’m a big iSCSI fan myself because it was my first production ESX environment.
I discovered a lot about operational challenges caused by screwing around with the default storage settings in VMware and their thoughts on Jumbo frames. This is another classic that you will want to bookmark.