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VMware vSphere Design 2nd Edition

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What You Need to Make the Right Design Decisions

vSphere is the most robust and sophisticated hypervisor product available today. It is the de facto standard for businesses, both large and small. This book—written for engineers and architects who plan, install, maintain, and optimize vSphere solutions—is the only one of its kind to concisely explain how to execute a successful vSphere architecture that's tailored to meet your company's needs. Expert authors share with you the factors that shape the design of a vSphere implementation.

Which storage protocol is best for you? Should you build your vCenter as a virtual machine? Design your storage for capacity or for performance? This new updated edition reveals the design decisions that most companies face, explores the available options, discusses solutions—then helps you make the right choices. In addition to Datacenter Virtualization, this book also examines vCloud Director deployments.

Packed with real-world proven strategies, it's the perfect guide for deploying a new design or transforming an existing one. Inside, you'll explore:

  • The fundamentals of designing VMware environments
  • The overall design process
  • Key things to consider, such as server hardware selection and sizing, security, virtual machine templates, and more
  • How networking and storage landscapes impact vSphere design
  • Design decisions that a typical company encounters, taking into consideration availability, manageability, performance, recoverability, and security
  • Designing VMware vCloud Director environments

About the Author

Forbes Guthrie, VCAP-DCD, (tweet @forbesguthrie) is a technical architect who specializes in virtualization and storage technologies. He is also a VMware vExpert and the creator of several popular virtualization reference cards. Forbes blogs at www.vReference.com. Scott Lowe, VCDX 39, (tweet @scott_lowe) is a technical architect at VMware. Scott is a VMware vExpert and the author of Mastering VMware vSphere 5. Scott also writes at blog.scottlowe.org, which attracts thousands of visitors daily.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 2 edition (March 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118407911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118407912
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is well written but is of very limited value if you own the previous edition. Some of the critical aspects from Vsphere 5.1 like SSO are barely mentioned, and the additional chapter on Vcloud is very generic.
A bit of a letdown...
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I received a complimentary copy from a contest on Scott's blog and am approximately halfway finished with the book. It is amazing! The authors go into details of design practices that would appropriate for a consultant, architect, or an administrator wanting to learn more about vSphere design. Everyone can learn from their expertise.

The book is laid out in a way that you can skim to sections that are of particular interest, especially to fill in knowledge gaps. I'm currently reading from cover to cover to learn concepts of design. I especially appreciate how the authors include the considerations behind the best practices and why they may or may not be applicable in different environments.

I'm only halfway through the book, but have already picked up many great ideas/tips. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone considering or currently working with VMware vSphere. The price of this book pales in comparison to the level of knowledge and experience that it contains. Thanks Scott and Forbes for putting this amazing book together. Thanks guys!
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It is quite difficult to guide readers through design by way of a book, as everyone has a unique use case, requirements, and constraints. The VMware vSphere Design book does a great job at walking the reader through what is necessary to identify various design elements and apply them for a virtual infrastructure. The technical content is deep enough to be useful for both architects and engineers, but also offer enough of a high level overview that it does not overwhelm those just getting started with vSphere design. I especially enjoyed the "bonus" section on VMware vCloud Director, as it is typically difficult to find content around this topic.

If you are working as a VMware administrator, engineer, architect, or consulting others, I would recommend grabbing this book for reference. It would also be a great way to study for the VCAP (VMware Certified Advanced Professional) exam on Data Center Design.
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First rate text, very clear, exhaustive detail. Extremely useful for hands on installations and learning. Strongly recommended to newbies and admins alike.
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Preordered the paper version of this book on Amazon last week and was pleasantly surprised to receive it today.
So far I have enjoyed reading it, specifically chapter 11 which includes a sample design. This is a nicely written book with lots of useful content and divided into 12 distinct chapters.
I am sure I will be referencing this book regularly.
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Very good book, it goes deeper in multiple subjects. The various options and solutions are well explained and the book give you some technical detail on each part. Be aware that it's not a configuration guide, but realy a design guide. It will help you to choose the cluster size, but also the physical server, network protocol and so on.
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Well thought out, organized. Excellent resource of the information one managing or researching VMware needs to make appropriate decisions. Written by those that know the product and have day to day experience with the product. I purchased as a reference and have ordered for the rest of my team.
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This is the most comprehensive VMware book I have ever read, the amount of information contained in the tome of knowledge is incredible.

I would suggest grabbing a notebook and taking notes as you go along. This book does assume a fair amount of familiarity with VMware technical concepts, it also assumes a fair amount of knowledge of storage concepts. While you don’t need to be a expert in these areas you will have to at least have touched a FC array and installed ESXi.

I thank all of the authors Forbes Guthrie, Scott Lowe and Kendrick Coleman.

Chapter 1 - Intro

This Chapter gives a good what, who and how of what this book is about, it does a good job of setting the stage and explaining what the book is aiming to do, what you should be aiming to do with the knowledge in the book.

Chapter 2 - The ESXi Hypervisor

This is were you start to get an idea of the knowledge of the authors, explaining certain things like offsetting power up (I’m trying to be vague, read the book). Again you better have a good understanding of the ESXi Hypervisor before beginning this.

Chapter 3 - The Management Layer

Talk about what can be used to manage your vSphere environment, goes over the vCenter chicken and egg issues. Also addresses some other tools in VMware’s toolbox to help with managing your vSphere environment.

Chapter 4 - Server Hardware

While not endorsing a particular platform it does detail a few vendors offerings. This chapter mainly deals with what type of hardware you should be looking into and gives you arguments for both sides of the Rack Mount vs Blade.

Chapter 5 - Designing your network

Fairly good overview of Network Design, not as technical detailed as the other chapters.
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