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Tips for Setting Up VMware vSphere Storage DRS

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Today on Tom's IT Pro: VMware vSphere Storage DRS, Converged Infrastructure, and IT careers.

Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert Greg Shields outlines five important settings and gotchas to keep in mind when configuring VMware's vSphere Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) in the article VMware vSphere Storage DRS: When Not to Use It.  With Storage DRS, VMware extends DRS technology, which facilitates load balancing across hosts in a cluster, beyond the processing of virtual machines to VM disk files as well.

However, Storage DRS, like DRS, is deceptively simple  to implement. And, without proper planning, mistakes can be made that will hurt your vShpere setup more than it helps. That’s why it is important to be careful when deciding to implement Storage DRS and follow Greg's list of  recommendations.

In the article Best Practices for Flawless Converged Infrastructure, Tom's IT Pro senior contributor William Van Winkle interviews HP's Converged Infrastructure expert, Doug Oathout. As William describes at the beginning of the interview, Converged Infrastructure takes three distinct components of legacy IT infrastructures (e.g. compute, storage and networking) and brings those elements under one centrally managed umbrella.

To avoid missteps and poor implementation decisions, it is important to, as William writes, follow the careful application of best practices specific to converged architecture deployment. A great place to start and learn what those are is to read his in-depth conversation with this leading authority on converged IT.

Also, check out the latest posts to Ed Tittel's  Making It in IT - Certification & Training blog: IT Careers: Certifications and Motivation Pays Offand IT Training Boosts Degree-Holder Prospects. Ed shows how persistence paid off in a newbie's IT job search odyssey in the former, while—in the later—he outlines steps to take when prepping for an IT position as you get your college degree.

James Alan Miller is Managing Editor of Tom's IT Pro. He is a veteran technology journalist with over seventeen years of experience creating and developing magazine and online content. Founding editor of numerous business and enterprise computing sites at the network, James headed up the After Hours section at PC Magazine, as well as hardware and software sections of various Windows publications