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Method to improve the efficiency of SAN devices when working with VMFS type file systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239460D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-10
Document File: 1 page(s) / 14K

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This article discusses the benefits of separating the metadata associated with VMFS type file systems. The basic idea of this article is that, in a multi tier SAN environment, processing efficiencies can be made by separating the VMFS metadata and the algorithmic processing into a higher tier in the SAN.

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Method to improve the efficiency of SAN devices when working with VMFS type file systems

This article discusses the benefits of separating the metadata associated with VMFS type file systems. The basic idea of this article is that, in a multi-tier SAN environment, processing efficiencies can be made by separating the VMFS metadata and the algorithmic processing into a higher tier in the SAN. The basic concept behind this idea is that the separation of the metadata processing from the actual user data can lead to efficiencies in algorithmic processing.

    With either a prior knowledge of the protocol, or the use of analytics to recognise patterns in storage allocation and usage, it would be possible to utilise efficient algorithms to organise and process metadata operations.

    For instance, requests for new blocks of storage could easily be resolved by keeping a list of unused blocks from which to fulfil such requests. It is believed that the biggest benefit would arise from the ability to identify blocks belonging to a specific virtual guest host, allowing efficient caching and read ahead operations for that specific guest host.