SANblox – VMware Solution Profile


Permabit’s Albireo technology allows companies to extend their virtual infrastructure to include the benefits of inline data efficiency. The Permabit Albireo SANblox™ appliance provides inline deduplication, compression and thin provisioning to virtual servers and desktops utilizing new or existing Fibre Channel (FC) attached storage.

This SANblox-VMware Solution Profile reviews best practices for implementing VMware® vSphere® using SANblox and leading enterprise storage arrays. As a VMware Elite Technology Alliance Partner, Permabit has worked with leading storage providers to develop operational guidelines for storage arrays fronted by the SANblox appliance that are being used by ESXi® Server.

Target Audience

This document is intended for:

  • Enterprise storage administrators,
  • SAN administrators,
  • VMware infrastructure administrators; and
  • VMware VM administrators

Benefits of Using SANblox with VMware

SANblox delivers storage efficiency technologies that enhance the storage savings already provided with VMware thin-provisioning capabilities. SANblox data deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning offer substantial storage savings by delivering data efficiency to enterprise storage arrays. Because SANblox is implemented as a separate appliance with its own dedicated processor and memory, none of these features consume additional processing resources on the enterprise array or have any performance impact on the data management capabilities of the array. What’s more, they do not require any configuration considerations or changes to be implemented within VMware servers. By using the data efficiency technologies of SANblox with VMware, you can increase array hardware use and reduce acquisition and operational costs.

While deduplication and compression both reduce the amount of consumed storage, these savings remain hidden from VMware administrators because vCenter’s view of the storage is at the SANblox LUN layer, and SANblox LUNs represent their provisioned capacity.

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