vSphere High Performance Essentials

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vSphere High Performance Essentials

Christian Stankowic

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Book Details

ISBN 139781783551699
Paperback248 pages

Book Description

VMware vSphere is all the components and operating system that comes together to make VMware’s enterprise virtualization platform unique. When running enterprise-driven application workloads, the VMware vSphere family has become a preference of many developers. The vSphere platform is designed to work with numerous servers and infrastructure core components to create virtualized platforms and/or a complete cloud computing fabrics.

This book will guide you through tuning, tweaking, and optimizing vSphere in order to improve the performance of your systems. It will also help you identify and fix common performance bottlenecks.

Starting with planning high-performance infrastructure setups, the book covers the core concepts of cluster setups such as resource pools, DRS, and availability options, along with CPU virtualization concepts. Next, it covers the management of physical and virtual memory mechanisms, swapping, and ballooning.

Moving on, you’ll get an understanding of how vCenter Server can assist you with recognizing performance issues, and how to utilize advanced technologies such as Storage I/O Control and vSphere Flash Read Cache to tune storage resources. Next, you’ll learn to implement a reliable and high-performance network for virtual infrastructures.

Finally, the book shows you how esxtop and resxtop can provide advanced metrics to detect performance issues, and how you can optimize storage and network resources inside virtual machines.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Hardware Design Concepts and Best Practices
Optimizing CPU and memory configurations
Understanding memory configurations
Choosing adequate server designs
Optimizing storage hardware design
Network-attached storage approach
Planning network infrastructure designs
Summary
Chapter 2: Cluster Optimization Approaches
Cluster hardware design concepts
Improving resource pools
Distributed resource scheduler
High Availability
Fault Tolerance
Summary
Chapter 3: Understanding CPU Resources
How CPU virtualization works
Non-uniform memory access
The vCPU design approaches
Latency-sensitive workloads
Summary
Chapter 4: Understanding Memory Resources
Understanding memory types
Memory mapping and utilization
Memory reclamation
Summary
Chapter 5: Performance Monitoring with vCenter Server
Introducing vCenter Server metrics
Configuring vCenter Server metrics
Discussing vCenter Server metrics
Identifying performance bottlenecks
Summary
Chapter 6: Implementing High-Performance Storage
General storage recommendations
Optimizing SAN resources
Optimizing NFS resources
Utilizing virtual flash resources
Storage I/O Control
Storage DRS
Summary
Chapter 7: Implementing High-Performance Networking
Recap – planning high-performance network architectures
Configuring vNetwork switches
Network offloading
Network I/O Control
Summary
Chapter 8: Performance Monitoring with esxtop
Introduction to esxtop and resxtop
Accessing esxtop remotely
Common shortcuts, metrics, and views
Capture and analyze data
Getting real
Summary
Chapter 9: Guest Operating System Performance Monitoring and Tweaking
Storage provisioning types
Generic storage tips
Virtual network cards and drivers
Common filesystems tweaks
Swapping and paging considerations
Virtual machine benchmarking
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Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Choose the right hardware and server components suitable for high-performance scenarios
  • Adopt availability and automatic load-balancing in your virtual infrastructure
  • Understand and monitor CPU and memory resources
  • Monitor performance on the vCenter, ESXi, and virtual machine levels
  • Configure storage resources to achieve greater performance
  • Incorporate latency and performance sensible networking
  • Tune and tweak common guest operating systems

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Hardware Design Concepts and Best Practices
Optimizing CPU and memory configurations
Understanding memory configurations
Choosing adequate server designs
Optimizing storage hardware design
Network-attached storage approach
Planning network infrastructure designs
Summary
Chapter 2: Cluster Optimization Approaches
Cluster hardware design concepts
Improving resource pools
Distributed resource scheduler
High Availability
Fault Tolerance
Summary
Chapter 3: Understanding CPU Resources
How CPU virtualization works
Non-uniform memory access
The vCPU design approaches
Latency-sensitive workloads
Summary
Chapter 4: Understanding Memory Resources
Understanding memory types
Memory mapping and utilization
Memory reclamation
Summary
Chapter 5: Performance Monitoring with vCenter Server
Introducing vCenter Server metrics
Configuring vCenter Server metrics
Discussing vCenter Server metrics
Identifying performance bottlenecks
Summary
Chapter 6: Implementing High-Performance Storage
General storage recommendations
Optimizing SAN resources
Optimizing NFS resources
Utilizing virtual flash resources
Storage I/O Control
Storage DRS
Summary
Chapter 7: Implementing High-Performance Networking
Recap – planning high-performance network architectures
Configuring vNetwork switches
Network offloading
Network I/O Control
Summary
Chapter 8: Performance Monitoring with esxtop
Introduction to esxtop and resxtop
Accessing esxtop remotely
Common shortcuts, metrics, and views
Capture and analyze data
Getting real
Summary
Chapter 9: Guest Operating System Performance Monitoring and Tweaking
Storage provisioning types
Generic storage tips
Virtual network cards and drivers
Common filesystems tweaks
Swapping and paging considerations
Virtual machine benchmarking
VMware Tools
Upgrade to VMware Tools 10
Summary

Book Details

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Paperback248 pages
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