VCP-DCV Series Part 1: Introduction

In the current “cloudy” era of computing, there is growing need for engineers that are able to break the silos between different infrastructure teams such as network, compute and storage to delivery the next generation apps and services to consumers.

This approach brings many benefits to the business. Suddenly network people are interested and understand what server people mean by implementing a distributed virtual switch. Server people now better understand storage people when talking about IO performance and benefits of local storage caching.

In the end it will eventually make all sense. We are not living in closed isolated enviroments any more. People and teams are getting closer together to create a unified engineer who is specialized in one particular area but has presense in other technology towers as well and is able to speak to his peers to reach a common understanding. This is what gives such people the edge they need to be succesfull in this new world of thinking.

This is what the next generation engineer looks like (or atleast feels like :D)

I come with a networking background, in the old world you could call me “the network guy”. The idea of putting togerther a virtualization series came from experimenting and fuzzing with cumpute virtualization itself. I have realized many benefits of virtualization long time ago before knowing that it is one of key elements of every modern data center.

There are many virtualiation vendors out there, from Microsoft, Citrix, or VMware. I have selected the last one, VMware as it has a major share in the market, and I have seen it used by many customers.

If you also want to break the silos, learn something new and have fun, this series is the right place to start. It will give you perspective on data center virtualization from a different angle, from someone who is primarily specialized on networks that sits in the middle and connects these compute pieces together.

The series will explain the nuts and bolts of a typical VMware vSphere implementation in real world. I hope you will also find it useful when preparing for your VCP-DCV exam if that is your goal.

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