Update 3/24/2014: The book is now available!
Update 9/23/2013: The Safari Rough Cuts are now available.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What formats will the book be available in?
We will have physical paper, Kindle, ePub, and pretty much any other electronic format that is popular today.
I’m a Network Admin / Engineer / Architect, will this book help me out?
Absolutely. You can likely skip Part 1 of the book (intro to networking) and focus on the virtual networking deep dive and real world examples to help understand the VMware side of the equation.
I’ve often preached on about the necessity of eroding silos of IT knowledge, such as a monolithic server team or network team that only handles a small subset of the overall data center. Even in the best of environments it can lead to some additional lead time to get work done – each hand-off along the way between isolated functional teams introduces latency. Today’s workforce is in dire need of men and women who can fluently talk to the four food groups: hypervisor, storage, network, and compute. And while it’s certainly easy to drone on and on about the importance of blending teams, it’s definitely much more effective to actually do something about it.
To this end, I had the idea to write a book that focuses on specifically bridging the knowledge gap between those who work in the compute and server world and how their environment is influenced by architectural and engineering decisions around the network. Think of this as a “how to speak virtual networking” for those of us who manage VMware server farms. As luck would have it, I received a call from VMware Press asking if I wanted to create content and pitched my book idea – and was pretty blown away with excitement when they accepted it!
This is a joint effort between myself and a good friend / colleague, Steve Pantol, who is a fellow Senior Technical Architect and all around technical ninja. We’ve spent the better part of the last two years at AHEAD tackling extremely tough virtualization and data center projects, and know all too well the challenges faced by vSphere administrators in various sized organizations.
The content starts with a networking primer to build a foundation for the reader (think CCNA level knowledge), then starts coupling these concepts with how a VMware virtualized data center is put together, and finally walks step-by-step through real working vSphere network configurations that meet a variety of use cases.
By the end, you should be able to approach and chat with your network team using lingo they know and understand, while also being able to build out some highly available and tuned vSphere networks within a variety of hardware types, such as converged infrastructure, rackmount, NFS, iSCSI, 1GbE, and 10GbE to name a few. The content is geared towards someone who has zero experience with networking to help set a level playing field.
As we get closer to publishing the book and the rough cuts are made available, I’ll follow up with more of a “what is it like to write this book” and “are you crazy?” type of updates.