I recently received an HP ioDrive Accelerator for some testing and discovered that putting the device into the blade was just not enough to get it to work with VMware vSphere. There are a few other items to consider along the way. Since the ioDrive is a mezzanine card for the HP blade, it is important to understand how mezzanine cards connect within the blade enclosure and to the interconnects within the back of the enclosure. I found this out the hard way.
Here are the steps for installing an HP IO Accelerator (designed around ioMemory) within an HP BL460c for use by vSphere ESXi v5.1. Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: Adding Fusion-io to an HP BL460c
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