VMware vSphere Design 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
To design a VMware vSphere implementation for the performance, scalability, and ROI that your business needs, you must understand all the factors that influence the outcome. Written for engineers and architects who plan, deploy, maintain, and optimize vSphere solutions, this unique book helps you make the right design decisions.
Should you use ESX or ESXi? Build your vCenter as a virtual machine? Design your storage for capacity or for performance? Filled with real-world examples, clear explanations of tools and concepts, and coverage of such topics as network topology, security domains, storage infrastructure, and more, this is the perfect guide for deploying a new design or transforming an existing one. Inside, you'll explore:
Fundamentals of designing VMware environments around your business goals
Details of the overall design process, vSphere hypervisor choice, server hardware selection and scaling, and your virtual machine blueprint
How networking and storage landscapes impact vSphere design
Different vCenter datacenter and cluster possibilities—tailoring availability and load-balancing options
How to create compelling vSphere architecture with security in mind
Basics of monitoring and capacity planning and the common tools available
Design decisions that a typical company encounters, questioning the choices made
About the Author
Scott Lowe, VCDX 39, is VMware-Cisco Solutions Principal at EMC. Scott is a VMware vExpert and author of two other books on VMware vSphere, including the bestselling Mastering VMware vSphere 4. Scott also writes at blog.scottlowe.org, which attracts thousands of visitors daily.
Maish Saidel-Keesing, VCP, is a systems virtualization architect at NDS, where his responsibilities involve virtualization architecture design, maintenance, and development for both Linux and Windows infrastructures. He is a VMware vExpert, contributes to SearchServerVirtualization.com, and blogs at technodrone.blogspot.com.
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I've found myself in a plethora of VMware and virtualization books lately and as this one arrived at my door I was excited to dig in and gain more ideas when it comes to designing virtual infrastructures specifically using VMware. The first chapter covers functional requirements and design specifications which are essential to any project. I enjoyed that the authors took time away from technical aspects of VMware to discuss the finer points of design and how important these can be to a sustainable and successful design.
After the first chapter, the authors dig into designing a detailed thorough VMware infrastructure. While I feel my grasp of design with regard to VMware and virtual infrastructures are solid, I was pleasantly surprised to find many areas in the book that made me think twice about how I would design a system or helped to reinforce my current designs. I felt chapters 2-7 were good but jam packed technically which pulled away from the center of focus which was design. Chapters 8-11 then refocused with emphasis on design and really drove home the main points of design you need to be aware of when building virtual infrastructures.
The technical information in the book is similar to what I've read recently in other VMware centered books however, I feel the authors succeeded in the overall content of the book being focused on design. I would recommend this book to anyone taking on additional design/architecture roles within their organization and anyone studying for the VCAP-DCA/DCD.
Overall great summaries and details of most areas impacting your vsphere infrastructure design decisions, from a third-party point of view you won't get from the vendor docs and reference designs. I will be referencing this book often for my own design decisions and for better understanding of ones made in existing and reference designs.
Very helpful for anyone who wishes to improve their vsphere design skill and technical knowledge.
This book is very vSphere-centric but also contains Network and Storage concepts that will pertain to any environment.
The book is a very easy read and is not just a technical how-to reference. The images contained in the book clearly display exactly what is being referenced, so you do not have to search through your vSphere environment to figure out what the author is talking about.
My favorite chapter is the last one. I wish there were more examples of a pseudo company designing a vSphere environment.
Scott Lowe books are always spot on, this wasn't my first Scott Lowe read, and it won't be the last!
The only one thing that brought my rating down to 4 stars from 5 is that it hasn't been updated to vSphere 5 and so some of the information is slightly off. One example is configuring iSCSI port binding, which can now be done purely via the GUI.
In any case it's a great book and I highly recommend it.
The book is written from practical experience, and not like the normal administration/user/'how to' guides found on company's websites, albeit VMware's guides are by far the best of the bunch.
This book is a MUST HAVE for any person who is going to or is busy implementing VMware.
Kudos to Scott and his co-authors for a great book.
Good job guys.
José Luis Gómez - VMware vExpert 2011
Este libro es impresionante. Es muy fácil de leer, con útiles ejemplos logrados desde la experiencia. Si estás pensando en preparar el VCAP-DCD, esta es una guía completa para aprobar el examen.
Buen trabajo chicos.
José Luis Gómez - VMware vExpert 2011
Top international reviews
I am also using this book to study for Vcap-dcd.
You will find information here not contained in vmware white papers and it is nice to read something from somebody who has actually deployed solutions for clients rather than books or white papers which are often based on experience gained in a lab
Book covers vSphere 4.1, but is still a great reference for preparing for the VCAP-DCD on vSphere 5 exam.