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vSphere Design Best Practices

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Brian Bolander, Christopher Kusek

Apply industry-accepted best practices to design reliable high-performance datacenters for your business needs.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782176268
Paperback126 pages

About This Book

  • 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

Who This Book Is For

If you wish to learn about vSphere best practices and how to apply them when designing virtual, high performance, and reliable datacenters that support business critical applications to work more efficiently and to prepare for official certifications, then this is the book for you. Readers should possess a good working knowledge of vSphere as well as servers, storage, and networking.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Virtual Data Center Design
Virtual Data Center design principles
Best practices
Designing Virtual Data Center
VMware vCenter components
Summary
Chapter 2: Hypervisor Design
ESXi hardware design
Considerations for Java virtual machines (JVMs)
Stateless host design
Scale-Up and Scale-Out designs
Summary
Chapter 3: Storage Design
Storage protocols
Virtual machine filesystems
Designing storage
Local storage considerations
Datastore and cluster design
VMware storage features
Configurable storage features
Summary
Chapter 4: Network Design
Introducing vSphere switching
Common networking design considerations
Best practices to implement in your design
Implementing Network I/O Control (NIOC)
Providing network redundancy, resiliency, and throughput
Considerations when using IP storage
Summary
Chapter 5: Virtual Machine Design
Virtual machine resources and templates
Physical to virtual migrations
Multi-vCPU considerations
Shares, limits, and reservations
Causes of virtual machine performance problems
Summary
Chapter 6: Business Critical Applications
Special considerations for tier 1 applications
Workload profiles
HA, DRS, and vMotion considerations
Resource considerations
Ensuring high availability and application resiliency
Other business critical application resources
Summary
Chapter 7: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
The benefits of disaster avoidance
Designing backup strategies
Designing for RPO and RTO requirements
Choosing replication technologies
Planning and testing the DR strategy
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • 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

In Detail

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.

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