Title: VMware vSphere Design
By: Forbes Guthrie, Scott Lowe, Maish Saidel-Keesing
Publisher: Wiley / Sybex
Ebook: February 2011
Ebook ISBN:978-1-4571-2021-3| ISBN 10:1-4571-2021-6
What You Need to Make the Right Design Decisions
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
Scott Lowe has been in the Information Technology field for 10 years, and has installed dozens of networks in environments ranging from homes with a few users, to small offices with a few dozen users, to sixty-building networks with a few thousand users. In addition to his position as the IT Director for the National Association of Attorneys General, he writes technical articles for CNet’s Techrepublic unit. He’s written more than 200 articles on a wide range of topics, from wireless security to installing web servers on Linux to discussions of tools for managing NetWare servers. The walls of his home are currently in the process of being patched up from his latest home networking venture.