VCAP5-DCD Study Guide – part 3

VCAP5-DCD Study Guide – part 3

Here are the resources I will use to study for the exam.     Video resources http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/designing-vmware-infrastructure http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/vmware-vsphere-security-design-security-basics http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/vmware-vsphere-security-design-architecture http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/vmware-vsphere-security-design-advanced-security Blog study guides         http://nickmarshall.com.au/vcap5-dcd-study-guide/ http://virtualb.eu/wordpress/?page_id=51 http://imallvirtual.com/vcap5-dcd/ http://paulpmeehan.com/vcap-dcd-study-guide/ http://thesaffageek.co.uk/vsphere-5-study-resources/vcap5-dca-dcd/ http://virtuallyhyper.com/2012/08/vcap5-dcd/ http://www.vwired.co.uk/vcap5-dcd/ http://www.virten.net/vcap5-dcd-study-guide/ http://www.virtxpert.com/tag/vcap-dcd/ http://www.rayheffer.com/1983/how-to-pass-the-vmware-vcap-dcd-exam-its-tough/ Books           http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/store/vcap5-dcd-official-cert-guide-with-dvd-vmware-certified-9780789750181 http://ca.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118407911.html http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/store/managing-and-optimizing-vmware-vsphere-deployments-9780321820471 Training         vSphere Design Workshop https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrreg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=one&id_subject=25719Continue reading

VCAP5-DCD Study Guide – part 1

VCAP5-DCD Study Guide – part 1

As many other people have done before, I am creating a VCAP-DCD study guide. However, I will try to tune it a bit to make it more systematic and associate all posts to specific areas of the exam blueprint. First off, here is a recap of the VMware certification hierarchy. In the image below, you will … Continue reading

Creating a Design Resource Library

Creating a Design Resource Library

Building a design on the shoulders of giants. When creating a large-scale design, it is important to simplify everything into parts. Parts can be managed, swapped, polished, removed, troubleshooted and analyzed to death. In their most simplistic form, they are like small Lego kits that are easy to build. If the Lego person looks odd, … Continue reading

VMwares new Horizon Offerings

VMwares new Horizon Offerings

In light of VMwares recent partnership announcement with NVidia and the fact that they also recently purchased mobile device management company Airwatch and they also purchased Desktone last year, I’m sure that in the next few months you will see a lot more in the press about their new offerings. A few big players are planning on … Continue reading

Networking for VMware Administrators

Networking for VMware Administrators

  This book is an excellent primer for anyone who is tasked with understanding the fundamentals of networking in a VMware  infrastructure. I got a great deal out of this book and I personally keep it for reference material. Here is a synopsis from the authors: ” The content starts with a networking primer to … Continue reading

Plenty of Fish Architecture Overview

Plenty of Fish Architecture Overview

  PlentyOfFish is a hugely popular on-line dating system slammed by over 45 million visitors a month and 30+ million hits a day (500 – 600 pages per second). But that’s not the most interesting part of the story. All this is handled by one person, using a handful of servers, working a few hours … Continue reading

Etsy Architectual Overview

Etsy Architectual Overview

The Etsy Saga: From Silos to Happy to Billions of Pageviews a Month Seldom do we get to hear stories of the bumps and bruses earned by a popular website during its formative years. Ross Snyder, a Sr. Software Engineer at Etsy, changes that with an engaging talk he gave at Surge 2011: Scaling Etsy: What Went Wrong, … Continue reading

99Designs Architectual Overview

99Designs Architectual Overview

The Design of 99designs – A Clean Tens of Millions Pageviews Architecture 99designs is a crowdsourced design contest marketplace based out of Melbourne Australia. The idea is that if you have a design you need created you create a contest and designers compete to give you the best design within your budget. If you are a medium sized … Continue reading

Tumblr Architecture Overview

Tumblr Architecture Overview

Tumblr Architecture – 15 Billion Page Views a Month and Harder to Scale than Twitter With over 15 billion page views a month Tumblr has become an insanely popular blogging platform. Users may like Tumblr for its simplicity, its beauty, its strong focus on user experience, or its friendly and engaged community, but like it they … Continue reading

Pixable Architecture Overview

Pixable Architecture Overview

 Crawling, Analyzing, and Ranking 20 Million Photos a Day Pixable aggregates photos from across your different social networks and finds the best ones so you never miss an important moment. That means currently processing the metadata of more than 20 million new photos per day: crawling, analyzing, ranking, and sorting them along with the other … Continue reading

7 Years of YouTube Scalability Lessons.

7 Years of YouTube Scalability Lessons.

If you started out building a dating site and instead ended up  building a video sharing site (YouTube) that handles 4 billion views a day, then it’s just possible you learned something along the way. And indeed, Mike Solomon, one of the original engineers at YouTube, did learn a lot and he has given a … Continue reading

Instagram Architecture overview

Instagram Architecture overview

The Instagram Architecture Facebook Bought for a Cool Billion Dollars It’s been a well kept secret, but you may have heard Facebook will Buy Photo-Sharing Service Instagram for $1 Billion. Just what is Facebook buying? Here’s a quick gloss I did a little over a year ago on a presentation Instagram gave on their architecture. In that article I … Continue reading

The Pintrest stack – Architectual overview

The Pintrest stack – Architectual overview

A Short on the Pinterest Stack for Handling 3+ Million Users Pinterest co-founder Paul Sciarra shared a bit about their stack on Quora: Python + heavily-modified Django at the application layer Tornado and (very selectively) node.js as web-servers. Memcached and membase / redis for object- and logical-caching, respectively. RabbitMQ as a message queue. Nginx, HAproxy and … Continue reading

iDoneThis – Email App Architecture

iDoneThis – Email App Architecture

iDoneThis – Scaling an Email-based App from Scratch This is a guest post by Rodrigo Guzman, CTO of iDoneThis, which makes status reporting happen at your company with the lightest possible touch. iDoneThis is a simple management application that emails your team at the end of every day to ask, “What’d you get done today?” Just … Continue reading

Cinchcast Architecture – Producing 1,500 Hours of Audio Every Day

Cinchcast Architecture – Producing 1,500 Hours of Audio Every Day

Cinchcast Architecture – Producing 1,500 Hours of Audio Every Day This is a guest post by Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy, CTO of Cinchcast and BlogTalkRadio, where he oversees Engineering, QA, TechOps, Telephony, and Product teams. Cinchcast provides solutions that allow companies to create, share, measure and monetize audio content to reach and engage the people that are most important to their … Continue reading

WordPress.com web server architecture

WordPress.com web server architecture

WordPress.com Serves 70,000 req/sec and over 15 Gbit/sec of Traffic using NGINX This is a guest post by Barry Abrahamson, Chief Systems Wrangler at Automattic, and Nginx’s Coufounder Andrew Alexeev. WordPress.com serves more than 33 million sites attracting over 339 million people and 3.4 billion pages each month. Since April 2008, WordPress.com has experienced about 4.4 times growth in page views. WordPress.com … Continue reading

Trip Advisor Infrastructure design

Trip Advisor Infrastructure design

It’s been a little over a year since our last post about the TripAdvisor architecture. It has been an exciting year. Our business and team continues to grow, we are now an independent public company, and we have continued to keep/scale our development process and culture as we have grown – we still run dozens of … Continue reading