VMware vSphere 5: Building a Virtual Datacenter (eBook)

VMware vSphere 5: Building a Virtual Datacenter (eBook)
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-305759-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-305759-1
  • Copyright 2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Edition: 1st

Every year, datacenter managers must deliver more services faster, with greater flexibility. They must efficiently handle soaring amounts of data, and unprecedented levels of complexity. And they must do all this with lower budgets and fewer resources. Datacenter virtualization with VMware's vSphere® 5 is the best way to achieve these goals and to accelerate your transition to cloud services. VMware vSphere® 5: Building a Virtual Datacenter brings together all the practical knowledge you need to evaluate, plan, implement, and manage vSphere 5 in your datacenter environment.

Top datacenter virtualization consultants Eric Maille and Rene-Franois Mennecier begin by introducing vSphere 5 from the viewpoint of the datacenter manager and professional. They present essential definitions, advantages, and functions; review vSphere 5's architecture; and introduce core components such as vCenter Server and ESXi 5.0.

Next, Maille and Mennecier turn to implementation, presenting detailed examples, schemas, and best practices drawn from their extensive experience. They share practical insights into budgeting, scheduling, and planning; choosing the right architecture; and integrating vSphere with existing datacenter elements, including servers, storage, clusters, network infrastructure, and business continuity plans. They conclude with a start-to-finish case study: a datacenter virtualization project designed to support specific business objectives.

Coverage includes
  • Assessing the potential benefits of datacenter virtualization in your environment
  • Organizing and managing a smooth migration to the virtualized datacenter
  • Anticipating specific challenges and risks associated with datacenter virtualization
  • Making tradeoffs to optimize stability, elasticity, scalability, and cost
  • Choosing the best installation/configuration options for your environment
  • Effectively linking vSphere 5 virtualization to existing datacenter elements
  • Driving more value from vSphere 5's powerful new datacenter features
  • Providing storage to efficiently support your hosted VMs, now and in the future
  • Managing limited memory and other server constraints
  • Leveraging new options for service continuity and high availability
  • Using backup architecture as a lever to reduce costs

About the Author

Eric Maillé is Pre-Sales Consultant at EMC (after successful experiences at IBM, NEC Computers, and HP). Eric works on virtualization infrastructure and cloud computing projects upstream. He helps corporate enterprises make the best technological decisions based on their business requirements. Eric draws from his expertise to explain the transformations that VMware vSphere® 5 implies and the challenges that need to be addressed to ensure the proper architecture is selected and that its components are optimized. Eric has been honored with VMware vExpert 2011 and 2012 award, and he is an author of a previous book on VMware vSphere® 4: Mise en place d’une infrastructure virtuelle (in French and Spanish). He is certified a VCP (VMware Certified Professional), Cloud Architect (EMC), and co-founder of a site dedicated to virtualization technologies (www.virt-now.com).

René-François Mennecier works as a Cloud Architect Senior Consultant at EMC. René-François first specialized in disaster recovery plans and service continuity. Then, his experience at Dell allowed him to gain expertise in virtualization, including rationalization, consolidation, and datacenter-relocation challenges. At EMC, he is now in charge of strategic transformation and private cloud IT projects for enterprise accounts. He is a certified VCP VMware and EMC Cloud Architect and was awarded the title vExpert 2012.