Operations & Architecture

In the virtual data center, Operation and Architecture are 2 sides of the same coin. You can also see them as Yin and Yang. The boundary between them is a lot less clear once your data center is virtualized.

IMHO, the Architecture of SDDC consists of 5 inter-dependent elements. They work together to serve the Application, which should be at the center of an SDDC Architect mind set. The 5 elements are:

  • Overall Architecture
    • This includes BCDR as the SDDC typically consists of 2 physical data centers
  • Storage
    • This includes backup, replication
  • Network
  • Security & Compliance
  • Management
    • Yes, managing a virtual data center is very different to managing a physical data center. Management changes as the very thing it manages changed drastically.

Operations Management, or how we operate this software-defined data center, is a topic that I have high interest on. My book covers topics such as capacity management and performance management.

I’m fortunate to see first hand on the operational impact of virtualization in both large and small customers. Customers are the best teachers as they experience it. In fact, the article I publish on LinkedIn is mostly “written” by customers. All I did what putting them together. You can find the article here.

Relevant Articles

Here are the links which I hope you find useful. I provide them in the full power point, not PDF, so you can take what makes sense for you and customise it. When you do that, much appreciate you let me know how it has helped you.

  • How do you architect a virtual data center? I provide a guidelines and sample designs for 500 VM, scalable to 2000 VM here.
  • Architecture is fun, especially when we get down to the technical part and dealing with all the cool technology. All these are secondary, however. There is the very first step that need to be done. What are those? I share my thought here and keen to hear yours.
  • 2014 has been a great year for virtualization technology. Architecture is changing. I cover my thought on I think will happen in 2015 here.
  • DR solution has been around for a long time. With virtualisation, can we improve the existing architecture? If yes, what are the requirements to achieve that? This presentation tries to provide answer
  • What does a sample architecture look like in 2014? I am the lab admin of VMware ASEAN lab, and I shared the architecture here.
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore published a guidelines for the Financial Institution to comply. This presentation provides a technical analysis and show how virtualisation helps to address the requirements.
  • The intersection of Network and Virtualisation is becoming critical. This slide is created to facilitate discussion between Security team and Virtualisation team.
  • In this post, I shared that if you try to manage Partitioning and Virtualization the same way, you will have difficulty.
  • I did some analysis of the VMmark in May 2013 in this spreadsheet. Good to know that there is a good improvement in the past 2 years. The result improves from around 1.6 to 3.0. With the Intel Xeon 26xx v2, the result further improved by 31% from the previous generation. Intel continues as the Xeon E6-2699 V3, with its 18-core, delivers another leap improvement.
  • Can we turn security from stumbling block to building block? This slide is created to facilitate discussion between Security team and Virtualisation team.


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