Three virtualization books for your reading list

One of the best ways to learn a new technology is still to read a good book on the topic. VMware vExpert Rick Vanover shares three of his favorite virtualization titles.

I've been surveying the virtualization book landscape for work, and there are three titles that I consider standouts:

  • VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman
  • VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise 2nd Edition by Edward Haletky
  • VMware vSphere Design by Maish Saidel-Keesing, Forbes Guthrie, and Scott Lowe (EMC Scott Lowe, not TechRepublic contributor Scott Lowe)

I like reading technical material in eBook format. I only use the Amazon Kindle electronic format, and I do that on Android mobile phone, iPad, and PC installations. It's easy to search in the eBook format, which is helpful when you're looking up a specific topic. I provide links to the paperback and Kindle Editions of each title below. (Note:'s book prices are current at the time of this writing.) VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive ($21.56 for the paperback edition/$9.99 for the Kindle Edition)

This follow-up to the popular book for vSphere 4.1, HA DRS Technical Deepdive, is current for vSphere 5. Epping and Denneman work for VMware, so they had early access to the new release of the hypervisor.

Epping and Denneman go very deep on the HA and DRS features of VMware vSphere, though they only cover the clustering aspects of HA and DRS. This comprehensive book is a quick read, and the eBook version retails for a great price. I consider this a must-have for any IT pro who is interested in virtualization.

VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise ($33.50 for the paperback edition/$21.99 for the Kindle Edition)

Virtualization security expert Haletky has written a very thorough book that covers a lot of the phases required to identify the requirements for a virtualization installation, ensuring that security and best practices are not omitted. This book will help you get your vSphere installation enterprise ready.

One drawback to this title is that it may not apply to every environment.

VMware vSphere Design ($31.49 for the paperback edition/$27.76 for the Kindle Edition)

The authors cover every level of the design aspect, including planning for host hardware selection, network configuration and storage configuration, how to approach scale (such as going out or up), and the process around cluster and datacenter arrangements. Many more design elements round out this information-packed book.

(Note: Author Scott Lowe will be releasing Mastering vSphere 5 with the recent announcement from VMware.)

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