Does VMware DPM shorten ESX server lifespan?

Virtual Geek posted a write up on DPM and ESX server lifespan.

Does VMware DPM shorten ESX server lifespan?

The inimitable MikeD ( pinged me and some of my colleagues this week with this question – he was starting to hear it, thought it sounded like FUD. The question is:

“Does the Distributed Power Management power-on/off cycle cause the boot LUNs of the ESX servers to fail prematurely?”

BTW – if you’re not a DPM expert, this video highlights it’s incredible promise (it’s currently an experimental feature in VI 3.5).

The answer in a word? NO. DPM does not shorten ESX server’s lifespan due to drive failure.

Those of you new to DPM, this is a good read.

Written by Roger Lund

VMware and Storage crazy man, vExpert, MN VMUG leader