There are a lot of books out there about virtualization – but these are definitively worth reading:


Designing a Storage Performance Platform

This book is written by Frank Denneman, Chief Technologist at Pernix Data. On 300 pages he explains how to build a modern storage platform using server-side storage technology and a context-rich hypervisor.

It covers various design principles for PernixData FVP software, while discussing the intricacies of vSphere. In addition, it contains a deep dive into various memory technologies, including flash.

You can download a free copy of this ebook here: PernixData “Designing a Storage Performance Platform


Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5

The latest version of the popular Mastering VMware vSphere x.x Series is available for pre-order on Amazon. The story goes back to 2009, where Mastering VMware vSphere 4 was released at VMworld in San Francisco. During the times some well-known names of the virtualization community found their way on the list of authors: Scott Lowe, Nick Marshall, Forbes Guthrie, Matt Liebowitz and Josh Atwell.

Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an virtualization expert – the book will convince the reader and will help to install, configure, manage and monitor a virtual environment with VMware vSphere 5.5.

The book will be available as Kindle Edition, too.


vSphere High Performance Cookbook
by Prasenjit Sarkar (Autor)

Over 60 recipes to help you improve vSphere performance and solve problems before they arise.

Troubleshoot real-world vSphere performance issues and identify their root causes | Design and configure CPU, memory, networking, and storage for better and more reliable performance | Comprehensive coverage of performance issues and solutions including vCenter Server design and virtual machine and application tuning

There is a kindle edition available, too.


PowerShell Deep Dives

PowerShell is a powerful scripting language that has transformed the way administrators and developers interact with Windows. It enables automation of the day to day administrative tasks in the Windows system and is being built into all major Microsoft products, as well as many third party products. PowerShell Deep Dives gives readers a chance to learn from the best in the business. It’s a treasure trove of essential techniques, practical guidance, and offers expert insights earned only through years of experience.


VCDX Boot Camp: Preparing for the VCDX Panel Defense
This book was written by VCDX’s of the first hour: John Yani Arrasjid (VCDX #001), Mostafa Khalil (VCDX #002) and Ben Lin (VCDX #045).

It will be a valuable source for everyone who wants to pass the highest VMware certification.

What you can expect:

• Authoritative preparation guidance (including expert insights into scheduling your preparation and defense)
• Tips for conducting mock defenses, boot camps, and study sessions with your colleagues
• How to select, create, and document a superior, defensible design
• How to make design choices and incorporate design patterns that support the VCDX blueprint
• How to confidently defend your skills in architecture, designing new solutions, and troubleshooting design or implementation flaws
• Proven tips for responding to tough questions from panelists
• Detailed example defenses of designs incorporating VCDX-DCV, VCDX-Cloud, and VCDX-DT

There is a kindle edition available, too.


VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deep Dive
(written by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman)

This book will teach you everything you need to know about HA, DRS, Storage DRS, resource pools, Datastore Clusters and resource allocation settings. It was written by D. Epping – who is running the well known blog “yellow-bricks.com” – and Frank Denneman, a former VMware Senior Architect. He is now working for the Start-up company PernixData.

This book is a must-read for everyone working with VMware vSphere!


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