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Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals: Understanding Techniques and Designs for Highly Efficient Data Centers with Cisco Nexus, UCS, MDS, and Beyond Paperback – July 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: Fundamentals
  • Paperback: 900 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587143240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587143243
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The variety of material that Gustavo covers in this work would appeal to anyone responsible for Data Centers today. His grasp of virtualization technologies and ability to relate it in both technical and non-technical terms makes for compelling reading. This is not your ordinary tech manual. Through use of relatable visual cues, Gustavo provides information that is easily recalled on the subject of virtualization, reaching across Subject Matter Expertise domains. Whether you consider yourself well-versed or a novice on the topic, working in large or small environments, this work will provide a clear understanding of the diverse subject of virtualization.”

 

-- Bill Dufresne, CCIE 4375, Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco (Americas)

 

“..this book is an essential reference and will be valuable asset for potential candi­dates pursuing their Cisco Data Center certifications. I am confident that in reading this book, individuals will inevitably gain extensive knowledge and hands-on experience dur­ing their certification preparations. If you’re looking for a truly comprehensive guide to virtualization, this is the one!”

 

-- Yusuf Bhaiji, Senior Manager, Expert Certifications (CCIE, CCDE, CCAr), Learning@Cisco

 

“When one first looks at those classic Cisco Data Center blueprints, it is very common to become distracted with the overwhelming number of pieces and linkages. By creating a solid theoretical foundation and providing rich sets of companion examples to illustrate each concept, Gustavo’s book brings hope back to IT Professionals from different areas of expertise. Apparently complex topics are demystified and the insertion of products, mechanisms, protocols and technologies in the overall Data Center Architecture is clearly explained, thus enabling you to achieve robust designs and successful deployments. A must read... Definitely!”

 

 -- Alexandre M. S. P. Moraes,  Consulting Systems Engineer – Author of “Cisco Firewalls”

About the Author

Gustavo A. A. Santana, CCIE No. 8806, is a Cisco Technical Solutions Architect working in enterprise and service provider data center projects that require a greater integration among multiple technology areas such as networking, application optimization,

storage, and servers. With more than 15 years of experience in the data center industry, Gustavo has led and coordinated a team of specialized Cisco engineers in Brazil. A true believer of education as a technology catalyst, he has also dedicated himself to the technical development of many IT professionals from customer, partner, and strategic alliance organizations. In addition to holding two CCIE certifications (Routing & Switching and Storage Networking), Gustavo is also a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and an SNIA Certified Storage Networking Expert (SCSN-E). A frequent speaker at Cisco and data center industry events, he holds a degree in computer engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA-Brazil) and an MBA in strategic IT management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-Brazil). Gustavo maintains a personal blog in which he discusses topics related to data center virtualization technologies at http://gustavoaasantana.net.

Customer Reviews

Well Written and very easy to understand.
Pinak Hussain
This truly is a must read for Data Center Engineers working with any of the Cisco Data Center product lines (Nexus, UCS, MDS, etc.).
Daryl E. Benson
I definitely recommend this book for those who want to pursue Data Center Technologies and solutions using Cisco products.
D. Koilada

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rico Pereira on July 5, 2013
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I've been looking for Data Center material that could help me getting in touch with these technologies for such a long time. I've always felt the DC world was too advanced for me because of the distinct protocols and the lack of readings for beginners. This book takes us from VLANs to Cloud Computing in an engaging and logical way. I especially enjoyed the "evolution" chapters because of the vendor-independent concepts concerning networking, storage, and server technologies. Great read!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Doyle on February 22, 2014
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I keep a list of "recommended reading" books to give to clients and students. Someone pointed me to this book and said it should be on my list, so I bought a copy. Within just a few chapters I knew this one would be near the top of my list. Santana explains the fundamentals in a clear, well-organized, personable, and often funny style. If you are starting out in networking and want to understand the unique challenges of data centers, this is the place to start. Well done, sir!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keith on August 31, 2013
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I found this book to be easier to read than most Cisco Press books. It's well written. This book is very useful for understanding how new visualization techniques work and where they fit into your network. The book is great on its own, but I would also recommend it if you plan on buying the NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching book. It gives much of the context and background information that seems to be lacking from 'NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teddy CCIE #7585 on October 3, 2013
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This book has use cases that takes the reader to both technical and business aspects of virtualization technologies. Links both theoretical concepts, configuration examples, and complex designs.

Thank you,

Teddy - CCIE R&S
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pinak Hussain on December 27, 2013
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Well Written and very easy to understand. Covers all the blueprint topic for CCIE DC Exam.
Must have for your tech library. Great chapter on Cisco's newest data center product portfolio( NX6K) (NX7K F2E) ETC.

Pinak Hussain CCIE#28167
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Franklin Nascimento on May 26, 2014
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"This is such an interesting book. Totally, recommend it. Even though, I don't get to work with Data Center and its related technologies, I was able to understand exactly what the message was and understand how DC evolution took place and how it currently works. Additionally, I was able to talk to the author during LIVE 2013 and I was impressed with his ability to transmit concise and clear information regardless of either knowledge or experience of the listener."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daryl E. Benson on July 1, 2014
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Quite simply this is an amazingly well written book. It covers everything in breathe and depth in relation to virtualization. I'm reading it cover-to-cover and I'm on the last major section after completing 70% of the book and I consider this really one of the better Cisco Press books I've read (and I've read quite a few). This truly is a must read for Data Center Engineers working with any of the Cisco Data Center product lines (Nexus, UCS, MDS, etc.).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Koilada on August 8, 2013
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I rarely give any reviews to any book/product, but I couldn't resist myself in giving the review for this awesome book. I started reading this book, and I can say every topic is very interesting, and the way author explained with examples and pictures let you to understand the technology and product domain with first read. I definitely recommend this book for those who want to pursue Data Center Technologies and solutions using Cisco products.

Thank you
Krishna CCIE Voice.
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Gustavo A. A. Santana, CCIE® No. 8806 is a Cisco Technical Solutions Architect working in enterprise and service provider data center projects that require deep integration across technology areas such as networking, application optimization, storage, and servers. He has more than 15 years of data center experience, and has led and coordinated a team of specialized Cisco engineers in Brazil. He holds two CCIE certifications (Routing & Switching and Storage Networking), and is a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and SNIA Certified Storage Networking Expert (SCSN-E). A frequent speaker at Cisco and data center industry events, he blogs on data center virtualization at gustavoaasantana.net.

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