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VMware Private Cloud Computing with vCloud Director

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It's All About Delivering Service with vCloud Director

Empowered by virtualization, companies are not just moving into the cloud, they're moving into private clouds for greater security, flexibility, and cost savings. However, this move involves more than just infrastructure. It also represents a different business model and a new way to provide services. In this detailed book, VMware vExpert Simon Gallagher makes sense of private cloud computing for IT administrators. From basic cloud theory and strategies for adoption to practical implementation, he covers all the issues. You'll learn how to build a private cloud and deliver it as a service using VMware vCloud Director 5.1.

  • Consider what it takes to transition to the cloud, including the business, technical, and operational issues

  • Get familiar with the essential tools—the vCloud Director 5.1 suite

  • Understand the delivery model of infrastructure-as-a-service

  • Define a service catalog, including determining how to track and allocate costs and design for service levels

  • Measure the impact of a private cloud on your legacy applications and infrastructure

  • Implement efficient operations—learn how to apply automation, set up backup and restore, and maintain HA

  • Deliver an end-to-end solution to an end user with a fully managed guest

  • Foreword by Joe Baguley, Chief Technologist, EMEA, VMware

  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Publisher's Note
    5. Dedication
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. About the Authors
    8. Foreword
    9. Introduction
      1. Who Should Read This Book
      2. What Is Covered in This Book
      3. How to Contact the Authors
    10. Part I: Private Cloud Foundations
      1. Chapter 1: What Makes a Private Cloud?
        1. Understanding the Great Abstraction Layer
        2. Defining Cloud Computing
        3. Is Virtualization Cloud Computing?
        4. Are Traditional Services Cloud Computing?
        5. Understanding Services and Delivery Models
        6. Summary
      2. Chapter 2: Developing Your Strategy
        1. Developing Your Strategy
        2. Buy or Build?
        3. Application Stack Considerations
        4. Gathering Requirements
        5. Executive Sponsorship
        6. Life Cycle
        7. Building the Right Team
        8. Summary
      3. Chapter 3: Introducing VMware vCloud Director
        1. Heriarchical Management
        2. Exploring vCloud Director's Core Components
        3. Summary
    11. Part II: Designing Your Cloud Service
      1. Chapter 4: Defining the Service Catalog
        1. From Stability to Dynamic Change
        2. Understanding the Service Catalog
        3. The vApp
        4. What Is Your Current Environment?
        5. End-to-End Automation
        6. Summary
      2. Chapter 5: Platform Design for vCloud Director
        1. Identifying Design Goals
        2. Identifying Design Constraints
        3. Common Architecture Decisions
        4. Designing the Management Pod
        5. Resource Pod Design
        6. Summary
      3. Chapter 6: Building a Cost Model
        1. Economics of Cloud
        2. Building a Cost Matrix
        3. Software Licensing for the Cloud
        4. Summary
    12. Part III: Building the Cloud
      1. Chapter 7: Installing VMware vCloud Director
        1. Obtaining the Media
        2. Preparing the Management Pod
        3. Configuring the Management Pod
        4. Summary
      2. Chapter 8: Delivering Services
        1. Laying the Foundation: Building the Resource Pod
        2. Building an Example Resource Pod
        3. Creating an Organization
        4. Creating an Initial Service Catalog
        5. Handing Over Access to Your Consumers
        6. Summary
      3. Chapter 9: Consuming Services
        1. Example Configuration for This Chapter
        2. Creating Your First vApp as a Consumer
        3. Summary
      4. Chapter 10: Integrating Automation
        1. Working with vCloud APIs
        2. Introducing VMware vSphere PowerCLI
        3. Using VMware vCenter Orchestrator
        4. Working with RabbitMQ
        5. Summary
    13. Part IV: Operating the Cloud
      1. Chapter 11: Managing Your Cloud
        1. How Managing vCloud Differs from Managing vSphere
        2. Understanding Change Management
        3. Team Structure
        4. Monitoring Performance and Availability
        5. Using Malware Protection
        6. Balancing Capacity and Demand
        7. Troubleshooting vCloud Director
        8. Summary
      2. Chapter 12: Business Continuity
        1. Backing Up Consumer Workloads
        2. Understanding Disaster Recovery Strategies
        3. Summary