The VMware Cloud Foundation software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture uses vSAN for management domain storage. However, workload domain storage can be implemented using vSAN or NFS (file) and supports auxiliary storage using block protocols. In this deployment, we use FC storage that is backed by the Unity XT x80 Series all-flash array as auxiliary storage. The FC storage complements the NFS storage, which is provisioned later and is also backed by the Unity XT x80.
Also, while vSAN and NFS storage can be managed from within the SDDC Manager interface, all FC datastores must be managed independently from the workload-domain VMware vCenter instance.
This chapter describes the procedures for deploying and configuring the Unity XT x80 storage array to support the workload domain. It assumes that all storage equipment has been powered and connected to the appropriate networks. For enclosure cabling guidelines, see the Dell EMC Unity All Flash and Unity Hybrid Installation Guide or consult with your Dell EMC Sales representative.