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VMware vSphere Design Essentials

Book Description

Unleash the performance, availability, and workload efficiency of your virtual data center using this fast-paced guide

  • Explore methodologies that are applied during the Initial, Planning, Analysis, and Design phases of a vSphere implementation
  • Familiarize yourself with planning, deploying, maintaining, and optimizing vSphere solutions with ease
  • Seamlessly configure and deploy vSphere with the help of easy-to-follow examples in this fast-paced guide

In Detail

vSphere allows you to transform your IT infrastructure into a private cloud, then bridge it to public clouds on demand, delivering an IT infrastructure as an easily accessible service.

This book is a fast-paced guide that enables you to explore and harness the vast potential of VMware vSphere. The book begins by providing you with a rapid introduction to VMware vSphere architecture and the major considerations for VMware vSphere design. Beginning with the essentials of VMware vSphere, it will get you started with VMware ESXi host, cluster, vCenter and patterns that are required to be applied while designing your VMware vSphere. As you progress through the chapters, you will learn about analyzing the key components that are needed for a network.

By the end of the book, you will have also learned about the major factors influencing vCloud needs and have finalized the requirements for designing a vCloud.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify key factors related to vSphere design and apply them to every step of the design process
  • Familiarize yourself with the procedures and practices to be followed while designing VMware vSphere
  • Choose the right storage protocol depending on your infrastructure needs
  • Evaluate and design a multitenant environment to address both private cloud and public cloud business needs
  • Estimate storage to accommodate IOPS, data explosion, disaster recovery, and on demand provisioning
  • Create professional vSphere design documentation to ensure a successful implementation of the vSphere design
  • Map the logical resource design into the physical vSphere design
  • Analyze requirements for a better network design

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Table of Contents

  1. VMware vSphere Design Essentials
    1. Table of Contents
    2. VMware vSphere Design Essentials
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      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
    7. 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. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Essentials of VMware vSphere
      1. Introducing the VMware vSphere landscape
      2. Designing VMware vSphere
        1. The PPP framework
      3. List of challenges and encounters faced on the virtual infrastructure
      4. Designing accelerates the solution that resolves real-world obstacles
        1. Requirements
        2. Analysis
        3. Planning
        4. Designing
      5. The values and procedures to be followed while designing VMware vSphere
        1. Readiness
        2. Performance
        3. Manageability
        4. Recovery
        5. Security
        6. Assumptions
        7. Constraints
        8. Risk
        9. Procedures to be followed while designing VMware vSphere
        10. Discovery
        11. Requirement gathering
        12. Reviewing the existing document
        13. Technical assessment
        14. Design integration
      6. Summary
    9. 2. Designing VMware ESXi Host, Cluster, and vCenter
      1. Design essentials for ESXi
      2. Designing ESXi
      3. Design configurations for ESXi
      4. Key design considerations for ESXi
      5. Designing an ESXi scenario
      6. Design essentials for upgrading ESXi
      7. Design essentials for migrating ESXi
        1. Pre-migration
        2. Migration
        3. Post-migration
        4. Delivery considerations
        5. Provisioning
        6. Operations
      8. Designing essentials for the management layer
        1. OS instances and database requirements
        2. vCenter SSO
          1. Deploying SSO models
            1. Basic vCenter SSO
            2. Multiple SSO instances in the same location
            3. Multiple SSO instances in different locations
        3. VMware vCenter Inventory Service
      9. Design decisions for the management layer
        1. Identifying whether vCenter will be hosted on a physical server or on VM Server
        2. Identifying whether vCenter will be hosted on the Windows platform or vCSA on the Linux platform
        3. Identifying the database server location on primary sites or remote sites
        4. Configuration maximums to be considered
      10. Design considerations for management layers with industry inputs
      11. Summary
    10. 3. Designing VMware vSphere Networking
      1. VMware vSphere networking essentials
      2. The design of VMware VSS and VDS
      3. Determining factors that influence virtual networks
        1. Choosing a physical switch
        2. Choosing the right virtual switch
        3. Ethernet capacity sizing
        4. Choosing the right enhancers
        5. Adapting the ESXi server architecture to accommodate the network
      4. Designing a vSphere network
        1. Readiness
        2. Performance
        3. Management
        4. Recoverability
      5. Network configuration limits
      6. Design considerations for networks with industry inputs
      7. Summary
    11. 4. Designing VMware vSphere Storage
      1. VMware vSphere storage essentials
      2. Determining factors that influence vSphere storage
        1. Hard disks
        2. Performance
        3. Capacity
        4. IOPS
        5. Spindles
        6. Cost
      3. Designing vSphere storage
        1. Storage considerations
          1. Local storage versus shared storage
        2. Raw device mapping
          1. Virtual SAN
        3. Multipathing
          1. SAN multipathing
          2. Native multipathing plugin
          3. NAS multipathing
      4. Configuration considerations for better vSphere storage design
      5. Design considerations of storage layers with industry inputs
      6. Summary
    12. 5. Designing VMware vRealize
      1. Cloud computing essentials
      2. Cloud fit-for-purpose considerations
      3. VMware vRealize Suite essentials
      4. The design of the VMware vRealize Suite
      5. Designing VMware vSphere for your cloud
      6. ESXi host design and configuration considerations for a cloud
      7. vCenter design essentials for the cloud
      8. Cluster design essentials for the cloud
      9. Network design essentials for the cloud
      10. Storage design essentials for the cloud
      11. Security design essentials for the cloud
      12. Summary
    13. A. About VMware vSphere 6.0
      1. New features of VMware vSphere 6.0
    14. Index