Building VMware Software-Defined Data Centers
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Building VMware Software-Defined Data Centers

Valentin Hamburger

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Building VMware Software-Defined Data Centers

Valentin Hamburger

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About This Book

Make the most of software-defined data centers with revolutionary VMware technologies

About This Book

  • Learn how you can automate your data center operations and deploy and manage applications and services across your public, private, and hybrid infrastructure in minutes
  • Drive great business results with cost-effective solutions without compromising on ease, security, and controls
  • Transform your business processes and operations in a way that delivers any application, anywhere, with complete peace of mind

Who This Book Is For

If you are an IT professional or VMware administrator who virtualizes data centers and IT infrastructures, this book is for you. Developers and DevOps engineers who deploy applications and services would also find this book useful. Data center architects and those at the CXO level who make decisions will appreciate the value in the content.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand and optimize end-to-end processes in your data center
  • Translate IT processes and business needs into a technical design
  • Apply and create vRO workflow automation functionalities to services
  • Deploy NSX in a virtual environment
  • Technically accomplish DevOps offerings
  • Set up and use vROPs to master the SDDC resource demands
  • Troubleshoot all the components of SDDC

In Detail

VMware offers the industry-leading software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture that combines compute, storage, networking, and management offerings into a single unified platform. This book uses the most up-to-date, cutting-edge VMware products to help you deliver a complete unified hybrid cloud experience within your infrastructure.

It will help you build a unified hybrid cloud based on SDDC architecture and practices to deliver a fully virtualized infrastructure with cost-effective IT outcomes. In the process, you will use some of the most advanced VMware products such as VSphere, VCloud, and NSX.

You will learn how to use vSphere virtualization in a software-defined approach, which will help you to achieve a fully-virtualized infrastructure and to extend this infrastructure for compute, network, and storage-related data center services. You will also learn how to use EVO: RAIL. Next, you will see how to provision applications and IT services on private clouds or IaaS with seamless accessibility and mobility across the hybrid environment.

This book will ensure you develop an SDDC approach for your datacenter that fulfills your organization's needs and tremendously boosts your agility and flexibility. It will also teach you how to draft, design, and deploy toolsets and software to automate your datacenter and speed up IT delivery to meet your lines of businesses demands. At the end, you will build unified hybrid clouds that dramatically boost your IT outcomes.

Style and approach

With the ever-changing nature of businesses and enterprises, having the capability to navigate through the complexities is of utmost importance. This book takes an approach that combines industry expertise with revolutionary VMware products to deliver a complete SDDC experience through practical examples and techniques, with proven cost-effective benefits.

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Year
2016
ISBN
9781786464378
Edition
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Building VMware Software-Defined Data Centers


Building VMware Software-Defined Data Centers

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Credits

Author
Valentin Hamburger
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Daniel Koeck
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About the Author

Valentin Hamburger was working at VMware for more than seven years. In his former role, he was a lead consulting architect and took care of the delivery and architecture of cloud projects in central EMEA. In his current role, he is EMEA solutions lead for VMware at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). Furthermore he works as an advisor with HDS engineering on the Hitachi Enterprise Cloud, which is based on VMware vRealize technology. He holds many industry certifications in various areas such as VMware, Linux, and IBM Power compute environments. He serves as a partner and trusted advisor to HDS customers primarily in EMEA. His main responsibilities are ensuring that HDS's future innovations align with essential customer needs and translating customer challenges to opportunities focused on virtualization topics. Valentin enjoys sharing his knowledge as a speaker at national and international conferences such as VMworld.
I want to personally thank Daniel Koeck for reviewing the technical content of this book and providing such valuable and productive inputs. Besides his technical expertise I am happy to have him as a friend and supporter for this book. Furthermore, I want to thank my beautiful wife and daughter for their patience and understanding while I was writing this book. Without their support and love, this wouldn’t have been possible at all. Finally I do want to thank Rashmi Suvarna who had patience with me as an author and supported me wherever she could in order to get all this work done.

About the Reviewer

Daniel Koeck has been working for 15 years in IT. He leaded large scale (more than 20,000 VMs) projects, reaching from Service Provider Clouds, to DevOps enabled large scale software solutions in the last 6 years. He holds a degree for applied computer science and IT-security. Daniel is an IBM Redbook Gold author, and co-authored other many other books and whitepapers about x86 virtualization. He is regularly invited as a speaker to different universities and technology conferences all over Europe and USA, and enjoys sharing his experience there. You can find him on twitter @Cloudsandwakes.

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Preface

This book uses the most up-to-date, cutting-edge VMware products to help you deliver a complete unified hybrid cloud experience within your infrastructure.
It will help you build an SDDC architecture and practices to deliver a fully virtualized infrastructure with cost-effective IT outcomes. In the process, you will use some of the most advanced VMware products such as vSphere, vRealize Automation and Orchestrator, and NSX. You will see how to provision applications and IT services on private clouds or IaaS with seamless accessibility and mobility across the hybrid environment.
This book will ensure that you develop an SDDC approach for your data center that fulfills your organization's business needs and tremendously boosts your agility and flexibility. It will also teach you how to draft, design, and deploy toolsets and software to automate your data center and speed up IT delivery to meet your lines of businesses demands. In the end, you will build unified hybrid clouds that dramatically boost your IT outcomes.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, The Software-Defined Data Center, discusses principles and basics about the SDDC. Besides the technical aspects, it will also highlight the organizational aspects and that the SDDC is a new way of managing and running a data center and therefore also an architectural change. Also, it will describe the implementation journey and what is necessary to take into account besides the technological aspects.
Chapter 2, Identify Automation and Standardization Opportunities, highlights the main principles of automation and standardization. The differences between scripts and workflows are described. Also, it will bring examples how to apply standardization and automation to the data center in order to make the SDDC flexible and agile as possible.
Chapter 3, VMware vSphere: The SDDC Foundation, covers important vSphere functions, which will decrease the amount of customization when it comes to automation. Since virtualization is the base of an SDDC, this chapter will focus on examples and configurations for vSphere. This chapter will discuss advanced vSphere functions and their importance for an SDDC.
Chapter 4, SDDC Design Considerations, explains the main principles of an SDDC design including detailed examples. Highlighted are also what assumptions, constraints and limits are and how they will influence a design. Furthermore, it will show a simple–to-follow approach to translate business challenges in a technical solution and therefore an agile and efficient SDDC design.
Chapter 5, VMware vRealize Automation, introduces vRA (formally known as vCloud Automation Center) and its capabilities. The implementation of the design considerations of the former chapter will be discussed, and it will show other important configuration options, principles, and concepts. Also, it will focus on the creation of so-called blueprints and what is needed to prepare a VM template to be deployed.
Chapter 6, vRealize Orchestrator, touches on what workflows are and how they can be developed in a controlled and clean manner. It will highlight how to integrate those into vRealize Automation to create powerful services for almost any task in the SDDC. In addition, it will discuss what postdeployment third-party integration can be achieved using vRO (for example, IPAM and CMDB integration).
Chapter 7, Service Catalog Creation, brings up the basic service catalog design. Also, it bridges the business case to the service catalog and describes why that is important and how that sync can be achieved. It will explain based on an example how to configure an outcome-focused service catalog in vRealize Automation.
Chapter 8, Network Virtu...

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