VMware is currently releasing quite a few new courses on vSphere. Two courses targeted at design and best practises for vSphere have been announced.
The first course is a two day course for VMware Partners only called VMware vSphere 4: Design Best Practices (Partner Only). Expected release by VMware is April 2010.
This course is part of the VMware Partner University post-sales Infrastructure Virtualization competency track. This course explores the foundational principles of designing a VMware vSphere 4.0 virtual datacenter architecture consisting of VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 and VMware vCenter Server 4.0. While not a prerequisite, this course is helpful in becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert.
Students completing this course must complete other courses to gain post-sales Infrastructure Virtualization competency.
The course is designed for VMware partner post-sales technical professionals seeking VMware competency in Infrastructure Virtualization.
Module 1: Course Introduction
-Sets the expectations and provides a general overview of the course
Module 2: Design Process
-Discussion of the elements of a thorough design process
Module 3: Current State Analysis
-Gathering current inventory information to plan a new design
Module 4: Design Decisions
-Introduces simple illustrations of the design decision process, including the concept of design trade-offs
Module 5: Design Considerations
Discussion of the technical, operational, and organizational factors to consider in the design process.
This course is an instructor-led training course with classroom discussion, demonstrations and the practical application of concepts through hands-on exercises, with official VMware courseware.
The other course soon available is called VMware vSphere Design Workshop. It has 8 modules and ends with a design workshop. More information