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vSphere allows you to transform your IT infrastructure into a private cloud, then bridge it to public clouds on-demand , delivering an IT infrastructure as an easily accessible service. vSphere delivers uncompromised control over all IT resources with the highest efficiency and choice in the industry.

VMware recently released an upgrade to their vSphere product with many new and improved features. The shiny new vSphere Web Client in vSphere 5.1 has to be one of the bright lights in this release, making it so much easier to manage a VMware environment.

This book targets design considerations in the areas of Datacenters, Hypervisor Compute, Storage, Network, Virtual Machines, Business Critical Applications, and BC/DR solutions. Additionally, attention is given to VMware Automation and Certification skills to round out your datacenter operations and experience.

The book begins with a definition of the core technologies in a virtual datacenter, vCenter, and ESXi. It then covers the architecture of specific virtual datacenter components. Readers will learn design principals related to storage and storage protocols. Moving on to networking, readers will learn to design flexible and reliable networks for their virtual data centers. After this, Virtual Machine design considerations are reviewed in depth and readers are guided through inspecting existing VMs and design principles for correctly resourced and configured virtual machines. With an in-depth discussion on virtualizing business critical applications such as SQL and Exchange, the readers will also learn basic concepts such as Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) . VMware’s Site Recovery Manager is also reviewed as it relates to DR/BC considerations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782176268
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/26/2014
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian "Bo" Bolander spent 13 years on active duty in the United States Air Force. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was honorably discharged in 2005. He immediately returned to Afghanistan and worked on datacenter operations for the US Department of Defense (DoD) at various locations in Southwest Asia. Invited to join a select team of internal consultants and troubleshooters responsible for operations in five countries, he was also the project manager for what was then the largest datacenter built in Afghanistan.

After leaving Afghanistan in 2011, Bo managed IT operations in a DoD datacenter in the San Francisco Bay area. His team was responsible for dozens of multi-million dollar programs running on VMware and supporting users across the globe.

Bo scratched his adrenaline itch in 2011 and went back “downrange”, this time directing the premier engineering and installation team for the DoD in Afghanistan. It was his privilege to lead this talented group of engineers who were responsible for architecting virtual datacenter installations, IT project management, infrastructure upgrades, and technology deployments on VMware for the entire country from 2011 to 2013.

Selected as a vExpert in 2014, Bo is currently supporting Operation Enduring Freedom as a senior virtualization and storage engineer.

Bo loves his family, friends, and his rescue mutts. He digs science, technology, and geek gear. He’s an audiophile, horologist, avid collector, a woodworker, amateur photographer, and a virtualization nerd.

Christopher Kusek had a unique opportunity presented to him in 2013, to take a leadership position responsible for theater-wide infrastructure operations for the war effort in Afghanistan. Leveraging his leadership skills and expertise in virtualization, storage, applications, and security, he’s been able to provide enterprise-quality service while operating in an environment that includes the real and regular challenges of heat, dust, rockets, and earthquakes.

Christopher has over 20 years of experience in the industry, with virtualization experience running back to the pre-1.0 days of VMware. He has shared his expertise with many far and wide through conferences, presentations, #CXIParty, and sponsoring or presenting at community events and outings, whether Storage, VMworld, or cloud-focused.

Christopher is the author of VMware vSphere 5 Administration Instant Reference, Sybex, and VMware vSphere Performance Designing for Performance-Intensive Workloads, Sybex. He is a frequent contributor to the VMware communities' podcasts and vBrownbag and has been an active blogger for over a decade.

A proud VMware vExpert and huge supporter of the program and the growth of the virtualization community, Christopher continues to find new ways to reach out and spread the joys of virtualization and the transformative properties it has on individuals and businesses alike. Christopher was named an EMC Elect in 2013 and 2014 and continues to contribute to the storage community, whether directly or indirectly with analysis and regular reviews.

Christopher continues to update his blog with useful stories of virtualization and storage as well as his adventures throughout the world, which currently include stories of his times in Afghanistan. You can read his blog at http://pkguild.com or catch him on Twitter (@cxi).

When Christopher is not busy changing the world one virtual machine at a time or Facetiming with his family on the other side of the world, he’s trying to find awesome vegan food in the world at large or somewhat edible food for a vegan in a war zone.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    If you are considering your professional career towards Designe

    If you are considering your professional career towards Designer/Architect role “vSphere Design Best Practices” would be a great book to start . it will provide you what you need to make the first step!

    This book collects and organize all the technical topics that a vSphere Architect needs to consider before diving into the design of a new infrastructure

    It is quite difficult to learn through design by way of a book, as every customer has a unique requirements, and constraints. The book guides you what is necessary to identify various design elements and apply them for a virtual infrastructure. It offers enough of a high level overview that it does not overwhelm you with vSphere design.

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