This pages provides an overview of all official publications such as white papers and books done by me.

VMware Technical Papers

Books

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 the 3-DIMMs per Channel configuration results in a 10-20% performance drop.
  • How TLB works and why it is bad to disable large pages in virtualized environments.
  • Why 3D XPoint is perfect for the vSAN caching tier.
  • What queues are and where they live inside the end-to-end storage data paths.
  • Tune VMkernel components to optimize performance for VXLAN network traffic and NFV environments.
  • Why Intel’s Data Plane Development Kit significantly boosts packet processing performance.
  • Authors: Frank Denneman, Niels Hagoort
  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (June, 2017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1540873064
  • Paperback
  • Kinde

VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive

vSphere51deepdive-frankdennemanVMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive is the follow-up to best seller vSphere 5.0 Clustering Deepdive and zooms in on three key components of every VMware based infrastructure and. It provides the knowledge and expertise needed to create a cloud infrastructure based on the solid foundation of vSphere HA, vSphere DRS and vSphere Storage DRS. It explains the concepts and mechanisms behind HA, DRS and Storage DRS which will enable you to make well educated decisions. Besides a brand new stretched cluster use case section it includes a fully rewritten Storage DRS section, and new details on both vSphere HA and vSphere DRS.

This book will take you in to the trenches of HA, DRS and Storage DRS and will give you the tools to understand and implement e.g. HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools, Datastore Clusters and resource allocation settings. Each section contains basic design principles that can be used for designing, implementing or improving VMware infrastructures.

  • Authors: Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman
  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (August, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1478183411
  • Paperback
  • Kindle

vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive

vSphere5VMware vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive zooms in on three key components of every VMware based infrastructure and is by no means a “how to” guide. It covers the basic steps needed to create a vSphere HA and vSphere DRS cluster and to implement vSphere Storage DRS. Even more important, it explains the concepts and mechanisms behind HA, DRS and Storage DRS which will enable you to make well educated decisions. This book will take you in to the trenches of HA, DRS and Storage DRS and will give you the tools to understand and implement e.g. HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools, Datastore Clusters and resource allocation settings.

On top of that each section contains basic design principles that can be used for designing, implementing or improving VMware infrastructures and fundamental supporting features like (Storage) vMotion, Storage I/O Control and much more are described in detail for the very first time.

  • Authors: Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (July, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1456301446
  • Paperback
  • Kindle

VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive

vSphere41VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive zooms in on two key components of every VMware based infrastructure and is by no means a “how to” guide. It covers the basic steps needed to create a VMware HA and DRS cluster, but even more important explains the concepts and mechanisms behind HA and DRS which will enable you to make well educated decisions. This book will take you in to the trenches of HA and DRS and will give you the tools to understand and implement e.g. HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools and host affinity rules.

On top of that each section contains basic design principles that can be used for designing, implementing or improving VMware infrastructures.

  • Authors: Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman
  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (December 2, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1456301446
  • Paperback
  • Kindle