“Whilst revising for the VCP4 Beta Exam and also replying to a thread on the VMTN Forum, I’ve come across a couple of instances where there is a lack of “using NPIV in VMware ESX 4″ information. The only good post I can find is Jason Boche’s post; N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, but his post is written and tested using ESX3.5. So I have decided to find out as much information as I can and post it here.
What are the Advantages of using NPIV?
- Standard storage management methodology across physical and virtual servers.
- Portability of access privileges during VM migration.
- Fabric performance, as NPIV provides quality of service (QoS) and prioritization for ensured VM-level bandwidth assignment.
- Auditable data security due to zoning (one server, one zone).
Read the full blog post at http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/2009/07/21/npiv-support-in-vmware-esx4/
I wanted to post this as very useful info.
Thanks to Simon.