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VDI Design Guide Part 2 (EUC Design Series)

In 2018, we wondered for the tenth time if it finally was the Year of VDI. Three years, craploads of Windows updates, endless logon processes, gazillions of yottabytes of remoted display data, and thousands of sold copies of the VDI Design Guide later, we can surely conclude that 2018 was NOT the Year of VDI.

Will it ever be the year? Like really ever? Well, if one year might be the actual one, it would probably be 2020. Sure, it really sucked from the obvious perspective, but it also turned out to be THE year that showed the true potential of End-User Computing (EUC). That potential is being explained in this book, the VDI Design Guide Part II!

Not only will it cover how the EUC ball game changed since Februari 2020 and what the impact is to organizations, IT, and the actual end user, it will also dive into a wide variety of use cases which have been enabled by all of the innovation in both software and hardware.

Based on the design methodology from the first book, you will learn how to design complex and unusual use cases such as data science on VDI, EUC-based virtual reality, VDI …

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VDI Design Guide (EUC Design Series)

Is this finally the year of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)? There doesn’t seem to be a straight answer to that question. A VDI can be designed to work perfectly in your environment, but could also be a big pain in the butt. This guide will help you design a VMware Horizon VDI, based on the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) methodology. It will help you understand what steps need to be taken to bring a project to a successful result. It contains examples of real-world design projects, requirements & constraints which will help you make the right decision in a great variety of scenarios. As sizing does matter, you will also be guided through the complete sizing process. Other topics that will be covered: Windows 10, multi-site architectures, NSX, vSAN, profile strategies, application delivery strategies, assessments, monitoring, security, GPUs, and remote protocols.…

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VMware vSAN 6.7 U1 Deep Dive

VMware’s vSAN has rapidly proven itself in environments ranging from hospitals to oil rigs to e-commerce platforms and is one of the top three players in the hyperconverged space. Along the way, it has matured to offer unsurpassed features for data integrity, availability, and space efficiency. vSAN 6.7 U1 has radically simplified IT operations and supports the transition to hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI).

The authors of the vSAN Deep Dive have thoroughly updated their definitive guide to this transformative technology. Writing for vSphere administrators, architects, and consultants, Cormac Hogan, and Duncan Epping explain what vSAN is, how it has evolved, what it now offers, and how to gain maximum value from it. The book offers expert insight into preparation, installation, configuration, policies, provisioning, clusters, architecture, and more. You’ll also find practical guidance for using all data services, stretched clusters, and two node configurations. This book is part of the Deep Dive series.

Combine this book with the vSphere 6.5 Host Deep Dive, and the vSphere 6.7 Clustering Deep Dive, and you have an in-depth and comprehensive set of books that deliver the information you need to design and administer both vSphere and vSAN in the enterprise.

Often referred to in the …

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VMware vSphere 6.7 Clustering Deep Dive

The VMware vSphere 6.7 Clustering Deep Dive is the long-awaited follow-up to best seller vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deep Dive and zooms in on the critical components of every VMware based infrastructure. It provides the knowledge and expertise needed to create a cloud infrastructure based on the solid foundation of vSphere HA, vSphere DRS, vSphere Storage DRS, Storage I/O Control and Network I/O Control. It explains the concepts and mechanisms behind these features that enables you to make well-educated decisions. The book contains a stretched cluster use case section that contains all necessary settings for creating a fully-functional stretched cluster and reviews all failure scenarios and their effect on the existing workload.

This book takes you into the trenches of HA, DRS, Storage DRS, SIOC and NIOC and gives you the tools to understand and implement, e.g., HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools, Datastore Clusters, network resource pools, and resource allocation settings. Each section contains basic design principles that can be used for designing, implementing or improving VMware infrastructures. This book is part of the Deep Dive series.

Combine this book with the vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive, and the vSAN 6.7 U1 Deep Dive, and you have an …

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive

The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts. A book that people can’t put down. Written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources.

This book shows that we can fundamentally and materially improve the systems we’re building. We can make the currently running ones consistently faster by deeply understanding and optimizing our systems.

The reality is that specifics of the infrastructure matter. Details matter. Especially for distributed platforms which abstract resource layers, such as NSX and vSAN. Knowing your systems inside and out is the only way to be sure you’ve properly handled those details. It’s about having a passion for these details. It’s about loving the systems we build. It’s about understanding them end-to-end.

This book explains the concepts and mechanisms behind the physical resource components and the VMkernel resource schedulers, which enables you to:

– Optimize your workload for current and future Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) systems.
– Discover how vSphere Balanced Power Management takes advantage of the CPU Turbo Boost functionality, and why High Performance does not.
– How …

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The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data

This highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling title The Phoenix Project takes another look at Parts Unlimited, this time from the perspective of software development.

In The Unicorn Project, we follow Maxine, a senior lead developer and architect, as she is exiled to the Phoenix Project, to the horror of her friends and colleagues, as punishment for contributing to a payroll outage. She tries to survive in what feels like a heartless and uncaring bureaucracy and to work within a system where no one can get anything done without endless committees, paperwork, and approvals.

One day, she is approached by a ragtag bunch of misfits who say they want to overthrow the existing order, to liberate developers, to bring joy back to technology work, and to enable the business to win in a time of digital disruption. To her surprise, she finds herself drawn ever further into this movement, eventually becoming one of the leaders of the Rebellion, which puts her in the crosshairs of some familiar and very dangerous enemies.

The Age of Software is here, and another mass extinction event looms–this is a story about rebel developers and business leaders working together, racing against time to innovate, survive, …

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The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations

Increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices.

More than ever, the effective management of technology is critical for business competitiveness. For decades, technology leaders have struggled to balance agility, reliability, and security. The consequences of failure have never been greater―whether it’s the debacle, cardholder data breaches, or missing the boat with Big Data in the cloud.

And yet, high performers using DevOps principles, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy, and Netflix, are routinely and reliably deploying code into production hundreds, or even thousands, of times per day.

Following in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by showing how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.…

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The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

In this newly updated and expanded edition of the bestselling The Phoenix Project, co-author Gene Kim includes a new afterword and a deeper delve into the Three Ways as described in The DevOps Handbook.

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in ninety days or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced.

With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of The Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with a manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined. With the clock ticking, Bill must organize work flow streamline interdepartmental communications, and effectively serve the other business functions at Parts Unlimited.

In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Readers will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they’ll never view IT the same way again.…

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