Designing VI3 for the Enterprise – Ron Oglesby – With Glasshouse
Order of design decisions is most important.
Design is most important.
Get all of the key people together to bang out all of the architectural decisions in one or two days. This includes server, network, storage and security people.
Hardware that gets purchased should be the last decision. You need to know network and storage requirements before you know how many NICs, HBAs etc..
Define Critical Success Factors
– What must be true/happen for this design to be successful
Don’t use Cisco Etherchannel, the default VMware NIC teaming is best.
Don’t use resource pools – he has seen too many cases where resource pools cause slow performance and he has went in and removed the resource pools and it fixed their issues.