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VMware vSphere Design, 2nd Edition

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Achieve the performance, scalability, and ROI your business needs

What can you do at the start of a virtualization deployment to make things run more smoothly? If you plan, deploy, maintain, and optimize vSphere solutions in your company, this unique book provides keen insight and solutions. From hardware selection, network layout, and security considerations to storage and hypervisors, this book explains the design decisions you'll face and how to make the right choices.

Written by two virtualization experts and packed with real-world strategies and examples, VMware vSphere Design, Second Edition will help you design smart design decisions.

  • Shows IT administrators how plan, deploy, maintain, and optimize vSphere virtualization solutions

  • Explains the design decisions typically encountered at every step in the process and how to make the right choices

  • Covers server hardware selection, network topology, security, storage, virtual machine design, and more

  • Topics include ESXi hypervisors deployment, vSwitches versus dvSwitches, and FC, FCoE, iSCSI, or NFS storage

  • Find out the "why" behind virtualization design decisions and make better choices, with VMware vSphere Design, Second Edition, which has been fully updated for vSphere 5.x.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Publisher's Note
    5. Dedication
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. About the Authors
    8. Introduction
      1. Who Should Read This Book
      2. What You Need
      3. What's Inside
      4. How to Contact the Authors
    9. Chapter 1: An Introduction to Designing VMware Environments
      1. What Is Design?
      2. The Facets of vSphere Design
      3. The Principles of Design
      4. The Process of Design
      5. Summary
    10. Chapter 2: The ESXi Hypervisor
      1. Evolution of the vSphere Hypervisor
      2. ESXi Design
      3. ESXi Deployment
      4. Upgrading ESXi
      5. Migrating from ESX
      6. Postinstallation Design Options
      7. Management Tools Overview
      8. Summary
    11. Chapter 3: The Management Layer
      1. Reviewing the Components of the Management Layer
      2. Examining Key Management Layer Design Decisions
      3. Creating the Management Layer Design
      4. Summary
    12. Chapter 4: Server Hardware
      1. Hardware Considerations
      2. Server Components
      3. Preparing the Server
      4. Scale-Up vs. Scale-Out
      5. Blade Servers vs. Rack Servers
      6. Alternative Hardware Approaches
      7. Summary
    13. Chapter 5: Designing Your Network
      1. Examining Key Network Components
      2. Exploring Factors Influencing the Network Design
      3. Crafting the Network Design
      4. Design Scenarios
      5. Looking to the Future
      6. Summary
    14. Chapter 6: Storage
      1. Dimensions of Storage Design
      2. Designing for Capacity
      3. Designing for Performance
      4. Local Storage vs. Shared Storage
      5. Choosing a Protocol
      6. Multipathing
      7. vSphere Storage Features
      8. Summary
    15. Chapter 7: Virtual Machines
      1. Components of a Virtual Machine
      2. Sizing Virtual Machines
      3. Virtual Machine CPU Design
      4. Virtual Machine Memory Design
      5. Virtual Machine Storage Design
      6. Virtual Machine Network Design
      7. Guest Software
      8. Clones, Templates, and vApps
      9. Virtual Machine Availability
      10. vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
      11. Summary
    16. Chapter 8: Datacenter Design
      1. vSphere Inventory Structure
      2. Clusters
      3. Resource Pools
      4. Distributed Resource Scheduling
      5. High Availability and Clustering
      6. Summary
    17. Chapter 9: Designing with Security in Mind
      1. Why Is Security Important?
      2. Separation of Duties
      3. vCenter Server Permissions
      4. Security in vCenter Linked Mode
      5. Command-Line Access to ESXi Hosts
      6. Managing Network Access
      7. The DMZ
      8. Firewalls in the Virtual Infrastructure
      9. Change Management
      10. Protecting the VMs
      11. Protecting the Data
      12. Cloud Computing
      13. Auditing and Compliance
      14. Summary
    18. Chapter 10: Monitoring and Capacity Planning
      1. Nothing Is Static
      2. Building Monitoring into the Design
      3. Incorporating Capacity Planning in the Design
      4. Summary
    19. Chapter 11: Bringing a vSphere Design Together
      1. Sample Design
      2. Examining the Design
      3. Summary
    20. Chapter 12: vCloud Design
      1. Differences between Cloud and Server Virtualization
      2. Role of vCloud Director in Cloud Architecture
      3. vCloud Director Use Cases
      4. Components of the vCloud Management Stack
      5. vCloud Cell and NFS Design Considerations
      6. Management vs. Consumable Resources
      7. Database Concepts
      8. vCenter Design
      9. vCloud Management: Physical Design
      10. The Physical Side of Provider Virtual Datacenters
      11. The Logical Side of Provider Virtual Datacenters
      12. Network Pool Decisions
      13. External Networks
      14. Designing Organizations, Catalogs, and Policies
      15. Correlating Organizational Networks to Design
      16. End Users and vApp Networking
      17. Designing Organization Virtual Datacenters
      18. Multiple Sites
      19. Backup and Disaster Recovery
      20. Summary
    21. Index