SQL disk recomendation running on VMware and Equalogic SAN


I would like advice on the best option for setting up drives in my virtual environment.  I am running VMware 5.1 and the SQL 2012 server will deployed as a virtual machine.  I have a Equalogic PS6100XV SAN with 22 15k hard drives configured in Raid 50.  

I understand for best performance you would ideally place SQL logs and data files on different drive spindles which is not really an option considering the Equalogic has a single Raid 50.

Considering this setup, would it still make since to create a separate virtual disks for the logs and data files Ex: (C: system, D: logs, E: data)?  Should I create the disks in the same Eqaulogic Volume/Lun or would there be a benefit in creating new Equalogic volumes to hold the log and data files?  Lastly, I primary use VMware thin provisioning for disks.  Should I consider Thick provisioning for the logs and data file disks?  Lazy or Eager Zeroed?

Thanks in advance!

Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Eager Zeroed performs slightly better.

I would still create individual disks, c: d: and e:, for logs, db and OS, it's easier for disk management, growth in the future, and movement of disks to faster storage, should you need to. (rather than OS partitions)

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
camusa2Author Commented:
Thanks Andrew!
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft SQL Server

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.