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Learning VMware vCloud Air

Book Description

Leverage VMware's latest public cloud offering to build an efficient hybrid cloud infrastructure for your business

In Detail

VMware vCloud Air is a cloud offering by VMware that provides you with the flexibility and agility to create and manage your virtualized workloads with ease on a VMware-backed cloud platform.

This book starts off by providing you with a few key features and benefits of cloud computing, along with some interesting real-world use cases. You'll walk through how to integrate your vCloud Air with either an on-premise VMware-based private cloud or a different public cloud provider. Next, you'll explore the performance and workloads of your vCloud Air instance using VMware vRealize Operations Manager. Finally, you'll also learn how to leverage vCloud Air's Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering.

What You Will Learn

  • Get to know cloud computing in detail: its features, benefits, and uses

  • Explore the key features and functionalities of VMware vCloud Air

  • Create and deploy your own virtual infrastructure on a public cloud

  • Connect your workloads securely to internal and external networks

  • Secure your infrastructure using firewalls and security policies

  • Safeguard and protect your workloads using top of the line disaster recovery solutions

  • Monitor and explore various aspects of VMware vCloud Air using the VMware vRealize suite of products

  • Design a secure infrastructure on VMware vCloud Air with the help of tips and best practices

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    Table of Contents

    1. Learning VMware vCloud Air
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Learning VMware vCloud Air
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. Acknowledgments
      6. About the Reviewers
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Free access for Packt account holders
          3. Instant updates on new Packt books
      8. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Downloading the color images of this book
          2. Errata
          3. Piracy
          4. Questions
      9. 1. Getting Started with VMware vCloud Air
        1. What is cloud computing?
        2. How is cloud computing useful?
        3. vCloud Air – concepts and components
        4. vCloud Air service offerings
          1. The types of vCloud Air services
            1. The Dedicated Cloud service
            2. The Virtual Private Cloud service
            3. The Disaster Recovery service
              1. vSphere Replication
              2. vCloud Connector
        5. Signing up for VMware vCloud Air
          1. Regions
          2. Navigating through the interface
            1. Resource usage
            2. Virtual machines
            3. Gateways
            4. Networks
        6. Virtual Datacenters – VDCs
          1. User management
        7. Summary
      10. 2. Working with Virtual Machines
        1. What is a virtual machine?
        2. vApps, templates, and catalogs
        3. Getting started with virtual machines
          1. Creating a virtual machine using a template
          2. Creating a virtual machine from scratch
        4. The virtual machine power operations
        5. Editing the virtual machine properties using vCloud Air
        6. Editing the virtual machine properties using vCloud director
        7. Creating custom catalogs
        8. Accessing virtual machines using the VMRC
        9. Monitoring virtual machines
        10. Best practices and tips
        11. Summary
      11. 3. vCloud Air Networking and Security
        1. The vCloud Air networking components
        2. Gateways and networks
          1. Gateways
          2. Networks
        3. Assigning the public IPs
        4. Connecting virtual machines to a network
        5. Connecting virtual machines to the Internet
          1. Scenario
        6. Networking services provided by gateways
          1. DHCP
          2. NAT
          3. The Firewall
          4. Static routing
          5. Virtual private networks
          6. Load balancing
            1. Scenario
        7. Best practices and tips
        8. Summary
      12. 4. Extending vCloud Air
        1. VPNs
          1. Site-to-site VPN connectivity
          2. Multi-site VPN connectivity
        2. Extending datacenters to clouds using vCloud Connector
          1. What is VMware vCloud Connector?
          2. vCloud Connector features
          3. Deploying vCloud Connector in your environment
          4. Deploying vCloud Connector Server
          5. Deploying the vCloud Connector node
          6. Registering vCloud Connector in vSphere Client
          7. Adding clouds to vCloud Connector
          8. Copying content between clouds using vCloud Connector
        3. Best practices and tips
        4. Summary
      13. 5. Monitoring Workloads on vCloud Air
        1. The VMware vRealize Suite
        2. The VMware vRealize Operations
          1. Adding the Data Nodes
          2. Adding the Remote Collector Nodes
          3. Configuring HA for vRealize Operations Master Nodes
          4. Configuring vRealize Operations for the first use
          5. The vRealize Operations Manager Solutions
            1. Configuring the vSphere Solutions pack
            2. Configuring the vCloud Air Management Pack
          6. The vCloud Air Management Pack Dashboards
        3. Best practices and tips
        4. Summary
      14. 6. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery using vCloud Air
        1. The importance of business continuity and disaster recovery
          1. The need for cloud-based disaster recovery
        2. VMware vCloud Air – Disaster Recovery
          1. Key features and the benefits of VMware vCloud Air – Disaster Recovery
        3. Setting up a disaster recovery service
        4. Setting up VMware vSphere Replication
          1. Configuring a vSphere Replication connection with vCloud Air
          2. Configuring the virtual machine replication
          3. Performing the virtual machine test recovery
        5. VMware vCloud Air Data Protection
        6. Best practices and tips
        7. Summary
      15. Index