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
  • Networking requirements of hypervisor- and container products
  • Traditional storage solutions, distributed storage and software-defined storage
  • Hyperconverged solutions

Guest speaker

The guest speakers in this module include:

Spring 2018

As virtualization has become fairly mainstream throughout data centers, the opportunity presents itself for engineers across different silos to work together to build some fantastic designs. In this presentation, join Chris Wahl as he distills over a decade of virtualization architecture and engineering into topics covering the major hypervisor platforms, combating virtual sprawl and zombies, dealing with cluster constructing and management, and supporting high performance workloads and their many quirks.

More about Chris

Spring 2017

Stephen Foskett focused on essentials of containerization of enterprise applications, answering questions like "what are containers?" and "how will they affect enterprise IT?" Stephen addressed both the technical and architectural questions, discussing which applications are expected to be containerized, the benefits and costs, and what it means for IT operations.

More about Stephen

Autumn 2016

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

Whiteboarding and Discussions