I recently posted an article about Architecting Storage Offering for vCloud Director 5.1. In the article I discussed new architecture considerations for the latest version of vCloud Director.
The middle of the article focuses around the use of Storage Profiles among other vSphere features that can now be leveraged by vCloud Director.
When I referenced the use of Storage Profiles I stated the following:
“The “*(Any)” storage profile is there by default, but it should not be included as part of any PVDC without considering the possible performance and operational risks.”
The reason for my statement was due to the possible risks any vCloud Director infrastructure can be exposed to without the correct use and understanding of the new storage features and capabilities discussed in the article.
As I’ve said before, vCloud Director is now capable of leveraging some of the vSphere storage technologies. For the most part, a majority of the storage related configurations are defined outside of the vCloud Director interface i.e. VM Storage Profile, Storage Clusters, etc. Cormac Hogan wrote an excellent article about the configuration and use of Storage Profiles. It’s a Must Read!
Storage Profiles are defined, organized, and configured in vSphere. The majority of the time we tend to label them by referencing precious metals. An example of that is illustrated in the figure below.