Managing Data Center in IT enabled organization is very tedious and a technical job. Especially when need is to cater tons of server machines physically. The hitch in maintaining physical servers is to manage power, cooling, space and cost under given Data Center environment. Virtualization on the other hand brings more resilience in terms of usability and management. Now a number of servers can be configured in one physical machine despite of OS platform.
VMWare revolutionized the virtualization technology even more with their complete set of products to deploy virtualized setup. VMware vSphere is an advanced operating system designed for virtualization and cloud computing that provides all necessary tools to create a virtualized workflow. To equip IT professionals with virtualization skills VMware have their certification track; VMware Certified Professional (VCP) that covers broad areas of interest. VMware VCP-510 exam specifically certify skills on vSphere 5.1 suite features and enhancement for deployment purpose. There are many associated topics covering the wide array of knowledge that would be essential to achieve the VCP-501 certification but following are the main:
vCenter Server gives snapshot of installed virtualized server to manage and alter accordingly. Using vShpere Web client you can manage various vSphere functions like inventory (virtual machines, hosts, data stores), monitor hardware using CIM SMASH and tuning up storage. Furthermore you can manage ESXi configuration, manage resources, dynamically allocating resources (vSphere DRS), customize roles and permissions, auditing and management of patches. In addition to that there is enough options of scalability and flexibility to optimize the thousands of clusters under one management platform
Updating virtual machine with right patch at exact time is cumbersome when you have hundreds of servers running in an infrastructure. Update Manager of vSphere keep tracks and patches of hosts to update virtual machines accordingly. It eliminates the risk involved with manual patching by automating the process in compliance. Also centralized dashboard displays the status of all updates so that system administrator can pursue accordingly without leading to downtime. Moreover Update Manager also works with vSphere DRS in order to revive the cluster without disruption.
There is always a need of security feature to avoid any malicious attack; vShield Zone component is part of vSphere suite to provide necessary security features. vShield help protect both applications level attacks as well as network traffic on virtual servers. Furthermore VMware provide a complete package including components to automate the process to their maximum level. The vCenter Orchestrator automate the complex process within cloud base environment to ease the workflow. Dashboard with this automation tool is user friendly to customize the process according to users business need.