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There's no much point in using RDM these days unless your VM is sort of a "controller" VM and it uses ZFS or similar to aggregate multiple individual physical disks into single unified namespace. Think about Nutanix for example. For all other cases VMDK is just as well I/O performing as RDM but RDM-x doesn't support at least some nice features and has issues ...


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VMDKs are performing very good and I haven’t seen almost any difference between VMDK and RDM. Of course, you have to pay attention to the type of provisioning since Eager Zero vs Lazy Zero VMDKs performance differs a lot https://communities.vmware.com/thread/436685?start=0 If you need some virtualized storage shared or mirrored between hosts you can use an ...



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