My friend, and ex-colleague, Simon Gallagher has just released a book on “VMware Private Cloud Computing with vCloud Director”. As the name suggests the content will no doubt appeal to those of you who have, or are thinking, about implementing VMware VCloud Director.
I know from working with him for a few years that Simon is a hands-on sort of guy, who can effectively communicate concepts and ideas, both simple and complex so I’m sure this will be reflected throughout the chapters of book. I personally haven’t managed to spend as much time installing and configuring VMware vCloud director as I’d hoped, so I’ll definitely be getting myself a copy of this book to help me gain a better understanding and spinning up a new vCloud Director instance in my home lab.
The following are the various topics covered:
Private Cloud Foundations
– What Makes a Private Cloud?
– Developing Your Strategy
– Introducing VMware vCloud Director
Designing Your Cloud Service
– Defining the Service Catalog
– Platform Design for vCloud Director
– Building a Cost Model
Building the Cloud
– Installing VMware vCloud Director
– Delivering Services
– Consuming Services
– Integrating Automation
Operating the Cloud
– Managing Your Cloud
– Business Continuity
For more information, the following is a summary on what is covered in the book, and the audience it is targeted at:
It′s All About Delivering Service with vCloud Director Empowered by virtualization, companies are not just moving into the cloud, they′re moving into private clouds for greater security, flexibility, and cost savings. However, this move involves more than just infrastructure. It also represents a different business model and a new way to provide services. In this detailed book, VMware vExpert Simon Gallagher makes sense of private cloud computing for IT administrators. From basic cloud theory and strategies for adoption to practical implementation, he covers all the issues. You′ll learn how to build a private cloud and deliver it as a service using VMware vCloud Director 5.1. Consider what it takes to transition to the cloud, including the business, technical, and operational issues Get familiar with the essential tools—the vCloud Director 5.1 suite Understand the delivery model of infrastructure–as–a–service Define a service catalog, including determining how to track and allocate costs and design for service levels Measure the impact of a private cloud on your legacy applications and infrastructure Implement efficient operations—learn how to apply automation, set up backup and restore, and maintain HA Deliver an end–to–end solution to an end user with a fully managed guest