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VMware vSphere 5® Building a Virtual Datacenter [Paperback]

Eric Maille , René-Francois Mennecier
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Aug. 20 2012 0321832213 978-0321832214 1

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 Maillé and René-François 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, Maillé 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



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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Overview July 1 2013
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I liked this book, but heed this consideration: It is an overview or introduction to building a Virtual Datacenter.

If you are looking for a 'magic bullet' book on how to set up a VMware backed datacenter, this is not what you need. Likewise if you are studying for VMware certification exams.

The good news is that this book will teach you what questions you should ask. Consider it a well written introduction to the subject for your Manager.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt one of the best titles Firewall.cx has seen yet from VMware Press Oct. 28 2012
By Christos Partsenidis - Published on Amazon.com
We at Firewall.cx have been reviewing a number of titles on VMware technologies and this is without doubt one of the best titles we've seen yet.

These are challenging times for every industry and especially for IT. Every day IT managers are facing an uphill task to deliver a high level of service against the mounting odds of cost and shrinking budgets. Virtualisation is able to address all such issues and give added benefits of modernising the infrastructure.

VMware has been the trend setter in everything to do with virtualisation. Some of the key aspects it delivers are cost reduction, improved SLA, flexibility, operation efficiency, automation and standardisation. This publication from VMware Press uses VMware vSphere 5 to demonstrate how, as an IT Manager, one can use this in a datacentre environment. Full credit goes to both authors who have taken care to carry out a full analysis of all the product in their entirety, ensuring readers would be able to derive the full benefits.

The book starts from the standpoint of the physical infrastructure and takes the journey through migration into a fully managed virtual datacentre.

Following the hallmark of all VMware Press publication, this title starts with an introduction to all the issues that most datacentres face. It goes on to unravel the various functions and features of vSphere 5 and explains how it helps to overcome those issues. We are given a quick tour of the various phases of migration in the formative chapters. Further on, the entire vSphere 5 and its components are described in great detail.

Then it moves on to explore the storage side of a datacentre. Various storage options i.e. local, centralised, networked, are visited. A qualitative analysis has been done so that a datacentre manager can make an informed decision about which one to adopt. The virtual machine file system or VMFS is of particular interest, as this would be something very new and revolutionary for all datacentres.

Then it goes on to discuss the actual implementation of virtualisation on servers and its associated networking. We are given a ringside view of what a hypervisor is and how, through ESXi (a VMware hypervisor), a virtual environment is managed. Important issues like managing the network and applications like SQL, Exchange, SAP, etc are also discussed from a deployment and management point of view.

Key services provided by a datacentre are availability and disaster recovery. The title now talks about how, by using vSphere 5, we can implement a very high level of availability and deliver a business continuity in a scenario of any failure. This is in essence one of the key factors that can make or break the reputation of any datacentre.

In a port disaster recovery situation backups are of utmost importance. This book explains this need, the objectives and its impact in a clear and concise way. Various methods of performing backups have been explored together with a troubleshooting section.

Now that we have a fair idea of what vSphere 5 is and what it has to offer in terms of virtualisation, the books starts explaining how to actually implement it. This obviously includes installation, configuration and connection methods. Once that is confirmed, it shows how to manage the virtual environment.

The penultimate chapter is a brilliant case study that goes through the various phases of a virtualisation project. This can literally be used as a trajectory or a project plan by a datacentre manager who wants to migrate into the virtualisation environment.


I am an ardent follower of VMware products and vSphere 5 is one of the most used tools in all of my virtualisation projects. This has nothing to do with blind faith or brand loyalty emanating from no discernible reason. I have found all VMware products very reliable and efficient. They are easy to use and help in utilising the features to derive maximum benefits. This book is a testimony to my claims, and I would recommend this title as a `how to' guide or manual for a datacentre manager who genuinely wants to improve efficiency (both commercial and operational) and reliability.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on VMWare virtualization that I have ever read... Sept. 19 2012
By Glen Sedam - Published on Amazon.com
VMware vShere 5 Building a virtual datacenter by Eric Maille and René-Francois Mennecier is the best book on VMWare virtualization that I have ever read... The authors present a global view of the themes that are most important in VMware deployments and provide advice based on years of real world experiences. The authors were able to convey information essential for practical deployments in a very clear manner enabling me as the reader to make informed choices for my particular environments.

Extremely well written and well thought out - I am already looking forward to the authors' next book...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on vSphere 5 Oct. 6 2012
By Franck Perle - Published on Amazon.com
A very good book to read if you plan, design or want to deploy a virtualization project. Explanation of the features of VSphere 5 are well documented and illustrated. There are numerous examples and real experience from the authors, which makes the book more interesting and alive
Thank you for this knowledge sharing ... I strongly recommand to read this book
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical All-Round Guide for vSphere 5 by Eric Maillé and René-François Mennecier Sept. 5 2012
By Rodolfo Torres - Published on Amazon.com
Good all-round A-Z handy book for anyone that is tasked with standing up a vSphere 5 environment in a datacenter. This book is loaded with excellent examples and best practices to avoid pitfalls. Whether you're at a managerial level or sleeves rolled up role, it's all covered: budgeting, evaluation, architecture, integration, disaster recovery and much more. Maillé and Mennecier describe and present a complicated approach in an understandable and easy to follow format, loaded with real world examples from their experience in the field. I specifically liked the case study "Managing a Virtualization Project", based on a large corporation and the typical business and IT demands that one has to consider.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good vSphere 5 book Sept. 5 2012
By Ilann Valet - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent educational book on vSphere 5 to read for any virtualization project, written by consultants which have operational experience. Explanations of vSphere 5 features are well documented and illustrated. Many best practices and guidance are given in the various chapters of this book. I highly recommend this book.
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