VMware vSphere Design

Forbes Guthrie, Scott Lowe, Maish Saidel-Keesing

Published by

Wiley

ISBN

978-0-470-92202-6

RRP

£33.99

Reviewed by

Uma Kanagaratnam MBCS

Score

10 out of 10

VMware vSphere DesignVMware is a much talked about and widely deployed virtualisation technology, and vSphere 4 is the latest generation available. VMware vSphere Design by Guthrie, Lowe and Saidel-Keesing is a book split into 11 chapters. Each chapter is well-written, with clarity and depth.

The book starts by introducing the readers to the design process for vSphere delivery. This is then followed by explaining the fundamental difference between ESX and ESXi, which are VMware’s two enterprise hypervisors.

Chapter 3 focuses on the software management pieces and how they fit in with different design configurations. Server hardware is a crucial consideration that has potential impact on the performance of vSphere and the authors delve into an in-depth investigation of the hardware components in chapter 4.

Setting up the infrastructure is a complex process; chapter 5 is dedicated to network traffic, security and redundancy. This is proceeded by storage, availability, performance and capacity in chapter 6.

Virtual machines (VMs) are fundamental to vSphere design as the components form the building blocks. The authors have dedicated chapter 7 with lots of information on VMs.

Chapter 8 is focused on datacentre design and the authors put emphasis on the various elements that interact together for overall efficiency of the vSphere environment.

Security is important and in chapter 9 the readers are exposed to the different aspects of security and how to keep the environment secure. A vSphere design must be dynamic, therefore flexible to grow or shrink.

Chapter 10 focuses on monitoring and capacity planning. The dual facet allows administrators to be proactive. The final chapter is a high-level view of everything covered throughout the book.

The book is a comprehensive resource suitable for beginners to experts. The book scores 10 / 10 in terms of content and value for money.

Further Information: Wiley

April 2011