Design a Storage Solution

You’re designing a greenfield data center. Most workloads will be virtualized; the database servers might be virtualized or running on bare metal. The storage administrators expect these types of storage requirements:

  • VM virtual disks (not critical, could be restored from daily backup);
  • Databases (mission-critical, must be replicated);
  • Tape-based backup (accessible via Fibre Channel only).

Select the optimal:

  • Storage solution (or a mix of solutions);
  • SAN transport technology (FC, FCoE, or Ethernet);
  • Storage access protocol (FC, iSCSI, NFS, SMB, or something else).

Design a SAN access network or a unified leaf-and-spine networking infrastructure based on your selection.

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