Design Compute and Storage Infrastructure

From Next-Generation Data Center

You can’t start designing or building a data center infrastructure from the bottom up. Before designing the network you need to know the workloads the network has to support. In this section we’ll talk about:

  • Server virtualization and impact of high-density virtualization
  • Bare-metal servers, virtual machines and containers
  • Traditional storage solutions, distributed storage and software-defined storage
  • Hyperconverged solutions

Additional session: Server Virtualization Explained

We’ll focus on various compute virtualization methods, including server virtualization (VMs) and containers. This session will help you understand the underlying assumptions (example: you can’t migrate Docker containers) and networking requirements of individual virtualization solutions.

Guest speaker

Stephen Foskett will give you essential background on the emerging trend of containerization of enterprise applications, answering questions like "what are containers?" and "how will they affect enterprise IT?" Stephen will address both the technical and architectural questions, discussing which applications will be containerized, the benefits and costs, and what it means for IT operations.

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Previous guest speakers

In autumn 2016 session Howard Marks ( described what Software-Defined Storage is, where it makes sense to use it, and how it impacts the networking requirements and data center infrastructure design.

More about Howard Marks

Self-study materials

Unless you’re fluent in data center technologies, I’d strongly recommend you watch these webinars:

Additional recommended materials

You might also find the approach described in the Open-Source Hybrid Cloud reference architecture podcast interesting.

Each podcast is ~1 hour long.

Recordings of live sessions

Software-Defined Storage with Howard Marks

Containers and Docker with Stephen Foskett

Hyperconverged Infrastructure discussions