VMware vSphere 5 – Part 1: Introduction to vSphere Storage Concepts

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


The storage infrastructure supporting VMware vSphere has always been a critical element of any virtual infrastructure, and good storage design is critical for anyone building a virtual datacenter. One of the most beneficial and in many cases, necessary, components of vSphere is the concept of shared storage. When multiple ESXi hosts are given access to common storage areas, advanced features such as vMotion and svMotion become possible. This course discusses various different storage concepts, including storage options, the sizing, backup and recovery as well storage tiers. Datastore clusters, snapshots, and thin provisioning are also covered.

Target Audience

Anyone wishing to learn the fundamental features, functions, and capabilities of the VMware vSphere product suite collection of products in order to provide a full array of enterprise virtualization functionality; systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel, and ESXi operators and support personnel. A good understanding of system administration on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Server 2008 operating systems experience would be of benefit. Experience equivalent to or greater than CompTIA Network+ and with Linux Server operating systems is strongly recommended.


Expected Duration

60 min.

Course Objectives

Storage Options

  • identify vSphere 5 storage considerations
  • RAID and LUN Sizing

  • identify the considerations for choosing a RAID configuration
  • identify LUN sizing considerations
  • Backup and Recovery

  • identify the considerations when planning shared storage around disaster recovery options
  • Storage Tiers, Datastores, and Datastore Clusters

  • differentiate between using VMFS datastores and Raw Device Mapping
  • identify the features of datastore clusters
  • Creating a Thin Provisioned Disk

  • determine the appropriate type of provision to use in a given scenario