EMC Celerra VSA

February 18, 2009

Virtual Storage Appliances (VSA) are really picking-up these days. Even the legacy hardware vendors are getting into the fray. They’re great in the lab and – assuming tailored performance – can fit some really interesting “embedded” applications.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at the EMC Celerra VSA then click over to Chad Sakac’s VirtualGeek Blog and have a look at his series on configuration and testing. If you have time, check out some of Chad’s more visionary stuff while your there – he has some good information on what’s to come in the next few months from EMC and VMware…

For the Celerra VSA, look at these two links

How-To 101 – Basic Setup and Configuration (and download)

How-To 201 – Adding More Physical Storage

If you’re new to iSCSI and VMware, check-out Chad’s post on iSCSI with VMware – it will get you on the right track.

Application Notes:

  1. If you’re using “homebrew” or “white box” equipment and do not have SCSI attached local storage, do not expect ANY level of performance – especially with Nvidia-based controllers. Try picking-up a cheap LSI or Adaptec storage controller for your lab tests.
  2. The Celerra VSA is for non-production environments only (lab, testing, etc.)
  3. The Celerra VSA does not support SMP – so faster cores are a benefit.
  4. The Celerra VSA accomplishes in one node (and processor) what multiple nodes and processors do in a real (hardware) Celerra. That said, expect appropriate performance degredation.

One comment

  1. I’ve released an OVA template of the Celerra Simulator 5.6.47-11 running on Virtual-Hardware 7 with VMXNET3/PVSCSI support built in, for optimal performance.

    Download location:


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