Understanding and improving VMware snapshot integration in FreeNAS 4

Understanding and improving VMware snapshot integration in FreeNAS
Those who followed my previous posts know that I am using a storage server called FreeNAS in a VMware virtualization environment. There are several benefits of why one would use a storage server rather than just a trivial storage solution. Two of such major benefits are snapshots and replication. In this article I will discuss ...

Experiments with dead space reclamation and the wonders of storage over-provisioning 3

Experiments with dead space reclamation and the wonders of storage over-provisioning
I am in the process of setting up a home storage server that will rely heavily on over-provisioning. You can read more about my previous VMware – FreeNAS – ZFS experiences in other articles. In this article I will conduct several experiments showing how available disk space fluctuates at various layers in the system. This ...

IO performance benchmark of unsupported ESXi configurations 2

IO performance benchmark of unsupported ESXi configurations
Introduction VMware is a serious platform for enterprise-scale virtualization. VMware also offers a free ESXi hypervisor and plenty of individuals choose to use that for various small setups, such as home labs or home infrastructure. VMware maintains a list of hardware devices, which are compatible with the hypervisor. VMware products also implement many features and ...