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vSphere Design Best Practices by Christopher Kusek, Brian Bolander

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Chapter 2. Hypervisor Design

This chapter begins a series of chapters regarding the architecture of specific virtual datacenter components. The hypervisor is a critical component and this chapter will examine various best practices for hypervisor design.

We will cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • ESXi hardware design including CPU, memory, and NICs
  • NUMA, vNUMA, and JVM considerations
  • Hypervisor storage components
  • Stateless host design
  • Scale-Up and Scale-Out designs

ESXi hardware design

Over the past 15 years we've seen a paradigm shift in server technology from mainframe and proprietary systems such as PowerPC, Alpha, and Itanium to commodity x86 architecture. This shift, in conjunction with x86 virtualization, has yielded tremendous benefits ...

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