VMware vSphere 5 – Datacenter Design: Creating vSphere Conceptual and Logical Designs

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


The first step in developing a vSphere design is creating a conceptual design. The purpose of the conceptual design is to provide a high level outline of all business requirements and components. This course explains the process of gathering and analyzing business requirements and analyzing application requirements as well as how to determine any risks constraints and assumptions.
Once you have your conceptual design completed, you can move ahead to creating the logical design which details how the network components such as switches, hosts, and storage work with or depend on one another. The logical design is used to evaluate the conceptual – l design without specifying such details as physical hostnames, network addresses, or connection types. This course explains how to create a vSphere logical design from an existing conceptual design.

Target Audience

Systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel working in virtualized server environments. Candidates who are seeking to learn about design and integration options available in the vSphere Enterprise product. This includes, deploying and configuring VirtualCenter Server Appliances, upgrading vSphere components, creating a Conceptual, Logical, and Physical vSphere Designs, as well as implementation planning. A solid technical foundation in virtualization using vSphere coupled with strong network and administration skills are required as a prerequisite for this path.


Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Analyze Business Requirements: Interviews and Baselines

  • describe how to go about defining baselines
  • Analyze Functional versus Non-Functional Requirements

  • differentiate between functional and non-functional requirements
  • Analyzing Application Requirements

  • identify guidelines for analyzing application requirements
  • recognize how to determine application requirements
  • Analyze Application Requirements: Dependencies

  • identify relevant factors when determining application dependencies in Sharepoint 2013
  • recognize how your design will be impacted
  • Determine Risks, Constraints, and Assumptions

  • recognize examples of risks, constraints, and assumptions
  • describe how to put everything together into a conceptual design
  • Business Requirements and Service Dependencies

  • distinguish active and passive discovery in mapping service dependencies
  • Availability Requirements

  • identify factors to consider when planning for redundancy
  • identify business continuity planning considerations
  • Manageability, Performance, Recovery, and Security

  • recognize how to build manageability requirements into the logical design
  • recognize principles for building performance requirements into the logical design