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Preface - Pg. ix

Preface IBM® System Storage® N series technology enables companies to extend their virtual infrastructures to include the benefits of advanced storage virtualization. IBM offers unified storage solutions that provide industry-leading technologies in the areas of storage efficiencies, instantaneous virtual machine (VM) and datastore cloning for virtual servers, virtual desktops, and virtual data center backup and business continuance solutions. This IBM Redbooks® publication reviews the best practices for anyone who is implementing VMware® vSphere with IBM System Storage N series unified storage arrays. The book describes operational guidelines for the N series systems and VMware ESX Server. These techniques have been documented and are referred to as best practices. These practices are only recommendations, not requirements. Not following the practices does not affect the support provided to your implementation by IBM and VMware. Not all practices apply to every scenario. We believe that customers can benefit from considering these practices before making any implementation decisions.