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Top 10 sessions

Earlier this year I got a chance to team up with some of my colleagues and deliver a couple of presentations for VMworld 2012 in San Francisco and Barcelona. Two of those sessions were nominated VMworld 2012 Top 10 Most Popular Sessions.

One of those session was called “Architecting a Cloud Infrastructure”. In this session Duncan EppingAiden Daigleish, Chris Colotti, and myself (Dave Hill was listed as a speaker as well but he could’t make it). We discussed various design considerations topics when architecting cloud infrastructures.

The panel styled session lead by four VCDX’s focused on architecture and design strategies. The initial discussions of the session were   pre-vCloud Suite 5.1 release and therefore the technical and product examples we used initially were based on vSphere 5.0 and vCloud 1.5.

Later that week after the vCloud Suite 5.1 was announced we adjusted and included vCloud Suite 5.1 in our discussions. Overall the topics we covered were based on a building block approach which are irrelevant to any product version in some degree.

Some of the key topics of discussion were on areas such as customers requirements, use cases, capacity management, availability, best practices, compute, storage, security design amongst a few others.

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Design ClassContinuing with the education trend for 2010, VMware Education is about to debut  yet another valuable class for the vSphere platform. For those contemplating perusing the VCDX certification, this is one class that would be beneficial to have in your arsenal, though it is not a requirement for the current or future VCDX Certification track.  The VMware vSphere Design Workshop class will expose you to the design methodology and criteria needed in designing vSphere architecture.

The class is targeted to professionals involved in pre and post technical sales as well as infrastructure design. Prerequisites include extensive vSphere administration knowledge.

The course outline includes the following topics:

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Provide a general overview of the course

Module 2: Design Process Overview

  • Discuss the design methodology,criteria,and approach
  • Introduce an example five-step design process

Module 3: ESX/ESXi Host Design

  • Identify useful information for making host design decisions
  • Analyze best practices and host design alternatives

Module 4: vSphere Virtual Datacenter Design

  • Identify useful information for making vCenter Server,database, cluster, and resource pool design decisions
  • Analyze best practices and vCenter Server,database,cluster,and resource pool design alternatives

Module 5: vSphere Network Design

  • Identify useful information for making network design decisions
  • Analyze best practices and network design alternatives

Module 6: vSphere Storage Design

  • Identify useful information for making storage design decisions
  • Analyze best practices and storage design alternatives

Module 7: Virtual Machine Design

  • Identify useful information for making virtual machine design decisions
  • Analyze best practices and virtual machine design alternatives

Module 8: Management and Monitoring Design

  • Identify useful information for making management and monitoring design decisions
  • Analyze best practices and management and monitoring design alternatives Design Workshop
  • Small group case study workshop to practice using the methodology, criteria, and approach required to design a vSphere virtual datacenter

Design Workshop

  • Small group case study workshop to practice using the methodology, criteria, and approach required to design a vSphere virtual datacenter

This is definitely on of my favorite classes, as it takes a different approach to every aspect of the virtual infrastructure. I recommend it!.

For more information about this class, and schedule go to the VMware Education site.   Enjoy! : )