vSphere Design Best Practices

More Information
  • Examine virtual datacenter design scenarios and understand the basics of vSphere clustering, HA, and DRS
  • Compare and contrast scale-out versus scale-up designs
  • Learn to map the storage Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to business requirements
  • Get to know how to design flexible and reliable networks for virtual datacenters
  • Inspect existing VMs and design principles to correctly resource and configure virtual machines
  • Design different RPO and RTO requirements to plan and test the DR strategy

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.

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 principles related to storage and storage protocols. Moving on to networking, readers will learn to design flexible and reliable networks for their virtual datacenters. 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.

  • Learn how to utilize the robust features of VMware to design, architect, and operate a virtual infrastructure using the VMware vSphere platform
  • Customize your vSphere Infrastructure to fit your business needs with specific use-cases for live production environments
  • Explore the vast opportunities available to fully leverage your virtualization infrastructure
Page Count 126
Course Length 3 hours 46 minutes
ISBN 9781782176268
Date Of Publication 25 May 2014


Brian Bolander

Brian 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, he managed IT operations in a DoD datacenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. His team was responsible for dozens of multimillion dollar programs running on VMware and supporting users across the globe.

He scratched his adrenaline itch in 2011 when he 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, he is currently supporting Operation Enduring Freedom as a senior virtualization and storage engineer.

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

Christopher Kusek

Christopher Kusek lives in Portland, Oregon where he is Chief Technology Officer and Executive VP of Engineering at Xiologix. With over 20 years of experience in IT as a technology evangelist and industry leader, Christopher plays a key role in Xiologix's growth, leading its storage and engineering practice to evaluate and architect solutions that meet the client's tactical and strategic goals.

He 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 it is focused on artificial intelligence, cloud, machine learning, networking, security, storage, or virtualization.

Christopher has been a frequent contributor to VMware communities, vBrownBag, Twitter, and YouTube, and has been an active blogger for over a decade.
Christopher is a proud VMware vExpert and a huge supporter of the program since its inception. He continues to help drive the growth of the virtualization community. He was named EMC Elect in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and continues with the renamed program of Dell EMC Elect in 2017. Christopher is a Cisco Champion 2016 and 2017, and has been a member of the VMware vExpert Program for nearly 10 years. Christopher is a vExpert specialist in the breakout designations of vExpert VSAN and vExpert NSX, and he's been a frequent contributor to VMware communities such as vBrownBag. Christopher shares his expertise online in the Thwack community as a SolarWinds ambassador, and he's a regular contributor and delegate to the Gestalt IT Tech Field Day series. You'll find Christopher directly through his Twitter handle, @cxi, and on his YouTube channel, CXI.