The HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) family is designed for the datacenter where there is a critical need for improved storage utilization and scalability. The EVA meets application specific demands for transaction I/O performance for mid-range and enterprise customers. It provides easy capacity expansion, instantaneous replication and simplified storage administration. The Enterprise Virtual Array, combined with HP StorageWorks Command View EVA software and VMware vSphere 4, provides a comprehensive solution designed to simplify management and maximize performance for VMware infrastructures.

This HP Best Practice Paper discusses HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) for implementing VMware vSphere 4. HP continues to improve and develop best practices for HP StorageWorks EVA and VMware ESX. This white paper will discuss only EVA Fibre Channel with ESX 4.0 and does not cover iSCSI support.