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Virtualization Changes Everything: Storage Strategies for VMware vSphere & Cloud Computing by [Stewart, Vaughn, Slisinger, Michael]
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  • File Size: 923 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479112569
  • Publisher: Michael Slisinger (August 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XO9OI4
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I consider this book one of the primary storage books I keep nearby as a reference guide. The book carefully covers the basics of storage for virtualized environments in a straight forward manner. The book also does an excellent job of identifying common challenges in storage performance and utilization with practical strategies to address each.
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This is a very insightful book. Coming from the block storage school of thought where fibre channel ruled, the book makes some very compelling arguments to the benefits of using NFS. Even though we all know who the authors work for, I thought they did an excellent job of keeping things neutral.

I can see this being one of my go to reference books I keep close by for architecting VMware solutions.
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I was provided a free edition of the book Virtaulization Changes Everything, and can say that I appreciate the plain-text approach to this complicated family of technologies.

Like many IT professionals, I only "arrived" in the shared storage world when server virtualization came into my practice. Quickly, then storage became a critical planning point and I've found that I never stop learning.

This book by Vaughn and Michael approaches the complexities of shared storage for virtualization and cloud technologies, and simplifies it quite well. Further, it's written very technology-centric; even though both Michael and Vaughn work for NetApp - so virtualization and storage environments of all types will benefit from this easy-to-read piece.
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For anyone who is involved with virtualization or storage as part of their role, or both for that matter, should take a look at this book. The goal of the book is to help the technical decision makers choose the right storage solution for their needs. The authors go about this not by going into a technical deep dive of various storage platforms but by breaking down the technologies that are needed in the "cloud architecture" chapter by chapter. Chapters cover storage protocols, backup/disaster recovery, and storage saving technologies to name a few. After reading you will feel that you have a shopping list of the features and functionality you need to successfully run, protect, and maintain your datacenter workloads (at least from a storage perspective).
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First of all, Vaughn and Michael do a superb job writing this book and aside from the sometimes hard-to-understand technical language; I felt the book covers all the ins and outs of virtualization storage.

It's a wealth of technical information that ranges from creating the basic VMware datastore all the way to the nuts and bolts of desinging a high performance shared storage platform.

The book discusses how they view storage as a vital piece in the support of virtualization and cloud computing - and how storage architecture is dynamically evolving.

On this point, I completely agree because - I too - have experienced these changes first hand over the last five years, especially with the invent of the VMware datastore.

They also share their view how storage is often overlooked as an important component of the data center and then later realized after the problems begin.

Vaughn and Michael point out the "obvious" that is sometimes ignored; without storage there is no data, and without data, there is no cloud. This point is well made, and once again I agree.

In my own experience, my team and I have spent many tireless hours working with the storage team to re-engineer the way the SAN was carved out at the disk level with an incorrect amount of disk spindles to provide enough performance, as well as fixing LUNs that were provisioned too small. Both cases impacted the VMware datastore.

In Virtualization Changes Everything, Vaughn Stewart and Mike Slisinger, examine storage and break it down into easy to consume key topics.

They look at how the VMware datastore, hypervisor host, virtualization technology and cloud computing have all played an almost evolutionary role in changing things.
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Not for Dummies as in not for Dumbos. But whoever that is not entirely new to storage nor virtualization will really like this book. This book touches ALL aspects of current links between the 1 and the 0 within virtualized environments. And when I say "touches" that is the best word I could have chosen. Vaughn and Mike chose to go over everything but not deeper than than the first level below the surface. It makes the book very readable. I finished it in just a few hours and will use it to search for easy explanations of things I sometimes take 15 minutes for :-)

Only comment I can give is a result of my compliments: if you really are a storage specialist, this book is more a refreshment rather than something to learn from. For that it lacks that third and fourth layer deeper in the products and specifications. I would also have added more new challengers in the market. But although both writers are NetApp employers they really did a good job at staying as neutral as possible.

Nice one guys, looking forward to an uncut version that is 3 times the size!
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