OCI File Storage service is now VMware certified

March 17, 2022 | 4 minute read
Vinay Rao
Principal Solution Architect
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We’re excited to announce the availability of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) File Storage service as certified a secondary storage for an Oracle Cloud VMware Solution cluster. This new certification enables VMware Solution you to scale the storage layer of your software-defined data center (SDDC) without needing to add new compute resources.

This capability allows you to take advantage of more storage options within your Oracle Cloud VMware Solution infrastructure for the following use cases:

  • Shared file storage for more scaling and capacity outside of vSAN storage

  • Resiliency against failures in the form of more storage outside of vSAN

  • Lift and shift of VMware applications

  • Backup across the VMware SDDC to shared Oracle storage services

  • Storing structured or unstructured data for big data and analytics

  • More datastores for testing and development purposes

Prerequisites

To add an OCI Network Filesystem Storage (NFS) as a VMware-vertified based datastore to an Oracle Cloud VMware Solution cluster, meet the following prerequisites:

Architecture diagram

At a high level, Oracle Cloud VMware Solution connects to the File Storage mount point directly through your OCI virtual cloud network (VCN). This secure connectivity ensures that the NFS-based traffic doesn’t traverse public interfaces to reach other OCI services.

A graphic depicting the architecture for using OCI File Storage system as a secondary storage for Oracle Cloud VMware Solution.

Step 1: Create a OCI File Storage mount

Create a File Storage mount by logging into the Oracle Cloud Console and under Storage, select File System.

A screenshot of the Create File System window in the Oracle Cloud Console with information fields filled in.

Create a mount target attached to the VCN that VMware Solution uses.

A screenshot of the Create File System window showing the Mount Target Information.

To provide granular security, you can configure NFS export rules.

A screenshot of the details page for the secondary datastore showing the Exports section with the Edit NFS Export Options button highlighted.

Select the Mount Commands button to retrieve the NFS mount configuration needed during step 2. The output of the following command includes the File Storage mount target IP and path:

mount 12.0.1.242:/OCVSsecondarydatastore

Step 2: Mount NFS v3-based datastore to the vCenter

Log in to the vCenter associated with the SDDC using the vCenter credentials.
Navigate to the storage section and add an NFS datastore using the newly specified previously, such as SecondaryDataStore.

A screenshot of the New Datastore page on the first tab, Type, with NFS selected.

Select NFS 3 as the protocol version.

A screenshot of the same page on the second tab, Select NFS version, with NFS 3 selected.

Define a datastore name and folder and specify the IP of the File Storage mount target.

A screenshot of the same page on the third tab, Name and Configuration, with the NFS share details filled in.

Select all hosts in the cluster to be configured to access the NFS datastore.

A screenshot of the same page on the fourth tab, Host Accessibility, with all example hosts and clusters selected.

Review and complete the addition of the datastore for all hosts selected in the cluster.

A screenshot of the same page on the fifth tab, Ready to Complete, showing the selected details.

Step 3: Verify that the datastore has been added across the cluster and is usable

Navigate to the Storage section to validate that you can upload files to the datastore.

A screenshot of the details page for the SecondaryDatasore in the vCenter.

Conclusion

This blog post summarizes the addition of an OCI File Storage service-based datastore to an existing Oracle Cloud VMware Solution cluster.

For other considerations and specific configurations, refer to the VMware best practices and the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure File Storage service FAQ for enabling NFS-based datastores.

For more information, see the following resources:

Oracle Cloud VMware Solution

File Storage service documentation

Vinay Rao

Principal Solution Architect


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