Vmware vCenter datastores and hosts design
Posted on 2014-01-28
I am working on a new vCenter environment with 6 hosts and a Cluseted NAS storage (24 TBs) with a 20Gig backplane. This storage will only be used for VMs.
My basic design is to have 3 datastores, each datastore dedicated to a pair of clustered hosts. As we add on more hosts in the future they will be add to one of the 3 host clusters.
Host 1 & 2
VMs - Windows Applications Servers (File Servers, Terminal Servers, etc.)
Host 3 & 4
VMs - Windows Servers (DC, DNS, etc)
Host 5 & 6
VMs - Windows SQL Servers
I would like some best practice advice or recommendations on designing the datastores with the current hosts. Should I create two datastores per host cluster or will one be sufficient. Is there anything I need to consider regarding vMotion or host cluster design?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.