Designing Your VMware Virtual Infrastructure for Optimal Performance, Resilience, and Availability—Straight from the Source

Constitution Ballroom A

Half Day Afternoon
1:30 pm5:00 pm
LISA16: Architecture

M5 Slides (PDF) | M5 Slides (PowerPoint)

Not very long ago, the very idea of virtualization production mission-supporting enterprise applications can be said to be so career-threatening that only the brave dare entertain it for longer than a few seconds. Fast forward to now, virtualization is so pervasive and well-accepted that the inverse is true—"Virtualize First" is now a standard corporate mandate in large enterprises, and no modern commercial application is exempted.

Sadly, embracing virtualization has turned out not be the panacea for everything that ails an enterprise. In fact, virtualization often contributes to sub-optimal performance, availability, recoverability, and agility of many applications in the enterprise—with lots of frustrations, heartburn, reduced productivity, and yes, interrupted personal lives. In a rush to be a part of the "cool crowd," many enterprises fail to identify and account for the intricacies and requirements of the virtualization platform, relegating such considerations to the secondary or tertiary tiers on the "Due Diligence" scale.

If you have have adopted virtualization as a platform for your mission-critical applications, or if you are in the process of doing so, please be sure to attend this tutorial. The tutorial will provide a comprehensive and detailed knowledge transfer that enables you to avoid the common pitfalls encountered in a VMware vSphere virtualization project infrastructure. We will discuss and explain the considerations for successfully running your mission-critical applications in a vSphere-based infrastructure without loss of performance, availability, recovery, and resilience. The tutorial will go beyond the standard slide-ware and present an actual demonstration of the effects of certain configuration optimization strategies on the overall condition of the virtualized applications and the virtual infrastructure as a whole.

Who should attend: 
  • Infrastructure, Solution and Enterprise Architects
  • Virtual Infrastructure and Applications Administrators
  • Network Administrators
  • IT Operators
Take back to work: 

The tutorial will be interactive, encouraging questions from participants—so please come in with your own unique and specific questions. The tutorial will provide you with tips and tricks drawn directly from the most current VMware guidance, recommendations, and knowledge-based references, as well as from real-life customer situations.

Topics include: 
  • Virtualization concepts
  • Virtualization stack
  • Hardware abstraction and the relationship and inter-dependencies between the physical and virtual components
  • Pooling and sharing resources in a virtual environment
  • Common assumptions that lead to performance degradation for virtualized applications
  • Configuration optimization that enhances performance
  • Availability and resilience within a VMware vSphere virtual infrastructure
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