VMAX All Flash Arrays and VMAX3 VMware BPs

In February of this year EMC announced new VMAX All Flash platforms – the VMAX450F/FX and VMAX850F/FX.  You can find the specs here:  EMC All Flash Arrays.  The VMAX All Flash Array introduces the V-Brick, an appliance-based entity that is the basic storage building block.  If you are familiar with one of our other all-flash platforms, XtremIO, it also uses a similar building block known as the X-Brick.  The comparison between the arrays is inevitable, which leads to the assumption that many customers have that our VMAX/VMware best practices for VMAX All Flash Arrays would mirror those of XtremIO.  This is not the case, however.  These two flash arrays have very different architectures.  Again, if you know the XtremIO platform there are specific recommendations for vSphere that are different than both the VMware defaults, and those on VMAX.  Itzik Reich is the expert on XtremIO so be sure to check his blog if that is your platform – XtremIO VMware host configuration.

For VMAX All Flash Arrays our VMware best practices do not differ from those for VMAX3 arrays.  I’m in the midst of doing a general update of my VMAX/VMware TechBook (VVTB) where I’ll be sure to make this point, but in the meantime what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when it comes to VMAX3 and VMAX All Flash Arrays and VMware best practices.

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