Last year’s vSphere Design Pocketbook – “Tweet sized Design Consideration for Your Software-Defined Datacenter” was a big hit. Over 3000 copies were given away since last VMworld and I don’t even know how many copies are downloaded.
We knew other community members had loads of advice to share and from that idea the vSphere Design Pocketbook was born. And now it is time for a successor!
The Blog edition
The design considerations featured in the first book are in tweet-sized format, limited to 200 characters. This edition will expand beyond this limit and allows conveying your thoughts up to the length of a blog article. You can select either an existing content such as a published article or create a new one.
- Is there a maximum length? Not exactly, use the words necessary to describe your design consideration efficiently. If necessary we will ask you to condense your material.
- Can I use diagrams? Absolutely! Make sure you provide the diagrams and screenshots that can be printed. At least 220DPI, preferably 300DPI. Looking for guidelines on making great diagrams? Please read this article
- Will I be credited? We will use the same format as the first book. Your name, twitter handle and, if available, your blog url will be listed. In line with most blog sites, you are requested to provide a short bio of 3 sentences that will be printed along side the article.
- Do I need to be a blogger? You are not required to have a blog, nor be a vExpert or VCDX. There are no requirements for submitting your design decision articles.
We are looking for content in the following categories:
- Host design
- Cluster design
- vCenter design
- Networking and Security design
- Storage design
- Generic design considerations – “Words of Wisdom”.
To avoid saturation we do not allow more than a total of your top three articles. For example, you can provide us with three design consideration articles for the Host category but you could also choose to provide one article for three different categories. Be aware that we rather see one excellent design consideration article than three mediocre ones.
Call for entries
Please provide your blog post in Word or PDF format. If you use any diagrams in your article, please provide them separately in 300 DPI PNG or high quality JPEG format. (Guidelines for designing diagrams can be found here)
It’s about you, so please provide a short bio of yourself with your blog URL and twitter handle, if preferred you can send a headshot as well.
You can email the content to Pocketbook@pernixdata.com
Call for entries close Saturday June 14th.
This book is free!
PernixData generously offered to print the book. If your design consideration is included in the book, you will receive a copy of the book. At the booth at VMworld PernixData will have a copy available for people who submitted a winning design consideration article. A limited number of books will be available for the community. More details will follow. After VMworld an E-book version of the book will be made publicly available.