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VMware vCloud® Architecture Toolkit (vCAT): Technical and Operational Guidance for Cloud Success

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The complete vCAT printed reference: knowledge, tools, and validated designs for building high-value vCloud® solutions

The vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) brings together validated designs, tools, and knowledge for architecting, implementing, operating, and consuming modern vCloud infrastructure based on the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

vCAT has already helped hundreds of VMware customers succeed with vCloud. Now, pioneering VMware architect John Arrasjid has integrated essential vCAT information into a definitive printed guide, adding even more context and examples for successful planning and deployment. To do so, Arrasjid has distilled contributions from more than 100 VMware architects, consultants, administrators, engineers, project managers, and other technical leaders.

VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) is your complete roadmap for using virtualization to simplify data centers and related IT infrastructure. You’ll find up-to-the-minute, field-proven insights for addressing a wide spectrum of challenges–from availability to interoperability, security to business continuity.

Coverage includes

  • vCAT design guidelines and patterns for efficiently architecting, operating, and consuming VMware cloud computing solutions

  • Software-defined datacenter services for storage, networking, security, and availability

  • People, process, and technology issues associated with effective vCloud operation¿ and maintenance

  • Efficient service consumption: consumption models, service catalogs, vApps, and service provider interactions

  • Workflows to coordinate and automate task sequences, which extend beyond vCloud

  • VMware vCloud Director® Server Resource Kit software tools

  • Advanced “cloud bursting” and autoscaling techniques to dynamically leverage additional computing resources

  • Planning and management of capacity, security, compliance, and disaster recovery

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents
    5. About the Contributors
    6. Dedication Page
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. Foreword
    9. Preface
    10. VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit R3.1 Release Notes
      1. VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit R3.1 Release Notes
      2. vCAT 3.1 Documentation Packages
      3. PDF Package
      4. Documentation Center Package
      5. Browsers
      6. Installing the Documentation Center
      7. Offline Versus Online Capabilities
      8. Using the Documentation Center
      9. vCAT 3.1.1 Changes and VMware Press Book Release
      10. vCAT 3.1 Changes
      11. vCAT 3.0 Changes (Previous Release)
      12. New and Consolidated Documents
      13. New and Updated Components
      14. VMware vCloud Networking and Security
      15. Known Issues
      16. Providing Feedback
    11. Reader Services
    12. Chapter 1. Introduction
      1. 1.1. Overview
      2. 1.2. Using the vCAT Documentation Set
      3. 1.3. Cloud Computing and VMware vCloud
      4. 1.4. Journey to a Mature vCloud Implementation
    13. Chapter 2. Service Definitions
      1. 2.1. Introduction
      2. 2.2. Service Definition Considerations
      3. 2.3. Service Offering Examples
    14. Chapter 3. Architecting a VMware vCloud
      1. 3.1. Overview
      2. 3.2. vCloud Architecture
      3. 3.3. vCloud Management Architecture
      4. 3.4. Resource Group Architecture
      5. 3.5. vCloud Resource Design
      6. 3.6. vCloud Metering
      7. 3.7. Orchestration and Extension
      8. 3.8. Multisite Considerations
      9. 3.9. Hybrid vCloud Considerations
      10. 3.10. References
    15. Chapter 4. Operating a VMware vCloud
      1. 4.1. Overview
      2. 4.2. Cloud Computing
      3. 4.3. Process Maturity for vCloud Operations
      4. 4.4. Changing Role of Information Technology Organizations
      5. 4.5. Organizing for vCloud Operations
      6. 4.6. vCloud Business and Consumer Control
      7. 4.7. vCloud Service Control
      8. 4.8. vCloud Operations Control
      9. 4.9. vCloud Infrastructure Control
    16. Chapter 5. Consuming a VMware vCloud
      1. 5.1. Overview
      2. 5.2. vCloud Consumption Approach
      3. 5.3. Choosing a vCloud Consumption Model
      4. 5.4. Organization Catalogs
      5. 5.5. Creating and Managing vApps
      6. 5.6. Consuming vCloud with the API
      7. 5.7. Consuming vCloud with vFabric Application Director
      8. 5.8. References
    17. Chapter 6. Implementation Examples
      1. 6.1. Overview
      2. 6.2. vCloud Cell Design Examples
      3. 6.3. Organization Virtual Datacenter Examples
      4. 6.4. Networking Examples
      5. 6.5. Storage Design Examples
      6. 6.6. Catalog Design Example
      7. 6.7. vCloud Security Examples
      8. 6.8. vCloud Integration Examples
    18. Chapter 7. Workflow Examples
      1. 7.1. Overview
      2. 7.2. Triggering Workflows with vCloud Notifications
      3. 7.3. Automated Import of Virtual Machines to vCloud Director
      4. 7.4. vCloud vApp Provisioning
      5. 7.5. Additional Resources
    19. Chapter 8. Software Tools
      1. 8.1. Overview
      2. 8.2. VMware vCloud Director Server Resource Kit
      3. 8.3. Services Automation Tools
    20. Chapter 9. Cloud Bursting
      1. 9.1. Overview
      2. 9.2. Sensing (Monitoring) the Service State
      3. 9.3. Orchestration (Infrastructure Scaling)
    21. Appendix A. Availability Considerations
      1. vCloud Director Cell Load Balancing
    22. Appendix B. Security
      1. VMware Security Certifications
      2. Network Access Security
      3. Secure Certificates
      4. Single Sign-On
      5. DMZ Considerations
      6. Port Requirements
    23. Appendix C. vCloud Suite Disaster Recovery
      1. Using VXLAN to Simplify vCloud Disaster Recovery
      2. Background
      3. VXLAN for DR Design Implications
      4. Reference
    24. Appendix D. vCloud Director Upgrade Considerations
      1. Background
      2. Phase 1 Impact
      3. Upgrade Considerations
      4. Phase 1 Process
      5. Upgrade Advantages
    25. Appendix E. vCloud Director Cell Monitoring
    26. Appendix F. Compliance Considerations
      1. Use Cases: Why Logs Should Be Available
      2. Example Compliance Use Cases for Logs
      3. vCloud Director Diagnostic and Audit Logs
    27. Appendix G. Capacity Planning
      1. vCloud Administrator (Service Provider) Perspective
      2. Network Capacity Planning
    28. Appendix H. Capacity Management
      1. Capacity Forecasting Specific to vCloud—Demand Management
      2. Capacity Monitoring and Establishing Triggers
      3. Capacity Management Manual Processes—Provider Virtual Datacenter
      4. Customer (Organization) Administrator Perspective
      5. Organization Virtual Datacenter-Specific Capacity Forecasting
    29. Appendix I. Integrating with Existing Enterprise System Management
      1. vCloud Director Notifications and Blocking Tasks Messages
    30. Appendix J. Business Continuity
      1. vApp Backup/Restore
      2. Recovery
      3. Infrastructure Backup/Restore
    31. Appendix K. Upgrade Checklists
      1. Phase 1
      2. Phase 2
      3. Phase 3
      4. Phase 4
    32. Appendix L. Custom Workflow Development Guidelines
      1. Workflow Development Lifecycle
      2. Orchestration Content Lifecycle
      3. Orchestrated vCloud Environments
    33. Index