VMDBP: VMware vCloud: Design Best Practices

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About This Course

This course is designed to guide students through the decision points and policy choices available for designing and implementing a VMware vCloud® environment. Students will

learn to appreciate the effects of design choices in VMware vSphere®, VMware vCloud® Director™, VMware® vCenter™ Chargeback™, and the VMware® vShield Edge™ capability

that is included with vCloud Director. The course culminates in a comprehensive workshop on VMware cloud design.


  • Recommended completion of VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud or vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1]
  • VCP5-DV is recommended
  • General-purpose vSphere design experience, with special emphasis on networking and storage
  • Exposure to the features and functionality of vCloud Director, vSphere, vShield

Course Objectives 

By the end of the course, you should have an understanding of the VMware vCloud and be able to do the following:

  • Evaluate and design a multitenant environment to address both private cloud and public cloud customer needs.
  • Configure vCloud providers that can accommodate heterogeneous server, storage, and network resources.
  • Design a network infrastructure optimized for vCloud.
  • Integrate vCloud Director security with existing LDAP systems and design appropriate   security hierarchies with security roles.
  • Design a vCenter Chargeback implementation.

Course Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics

  • Course goals and objectives

Module 2: VMware vCloud Director Architecture Review

  • Components of VMware cloud infrastructure

  • Logical constructs in vCloud Director

  • Cloud architecture fundamentals

Module 3: VMware vCloud Architecture Models

  • Service provider (public cloud) model

  • Enterprise (private cloud) model

  • Hybrid model

  • Management clusters and resource groups

  • Load balancing

  • Roles and communications in multicell architectures

Module 4: Designing Networks

  • General network design principles

  • Connectivity between networks and clouds

  • Virtual switches

  • Port groups

  • Network pools

  • VLANs

Module 5: Designing Providers

  • Designing storage

  • Storage tiering

  • Linked clones and fast provisioning

  • Virtual datacenters

  • Resource pools

  • Organization and provider virtual datacenters

  • Providers and networking

Module 6: Designing Organizations

  • Organization creation and resource pools in the provider virtual datacenters

  • Accessing multiple provider virtual datacenters from one organization

  • Organization administrator rights and responsibilities

  • VMware vSphere® vApps™

  • Catalogs

  • Organization networks and external networks

Module 7: Designing Security

  • Authentication and authorization

  • Role-based access controls

  • Organization administrators

  • Organization security and LDAP integration

  • Predefined roles

  • Custom roles

  • Five-way vShield Edge device firewall

Module 8: Designing Chargeback

  • Modules of consumption

  • vCenter Chargeback metrics

  • vCenter Chargeback server configuration

  • vCenter Chargeback data collectors

Module 9: VMware vCloud Architecture Design Review

  • Multitenancy

  • Network design

  • Storage design

  • Provider design

  • Organization design

  • Security design

  • Chargeback design

Design Labs:

The course is built on four design labs. In the final, 6-hour lab, students will design a complete Cloud architecture on either the service provider model or the private enterprise model.

  • vCloud architecture network design lab

  • vCloud architecture provider design lab

  • vCloud architecture security design lab

  • vCloud architecture design lab



Who Should Attend

Sales partners, customers, consultants, and sales engineers who are responsible for designing public and private cloud architectures with VMware products