Last week I took part in the VMware vCloud Director: Architecting the VMware Cloud class. I've talked to a bunch of people that took the same class at PEX and had the same thoughts and feelings. The class was great.
The class is 3 days long and 2 days are spent on concepts and 2 labs. The third and final day is a WHOLE lab of planning out a vCD instance from top to bottom. There is really a lot to think about when you are constructing a vCD instance. You have to have a firm grasp of the overall architecture such as vDCs, datastore policys, server architecture, and networking which is the toughest section to understand. If you can understand how networking works in vCD, everything else is easy.
One of my fellow VCE colleagues, Chris Davis, made the below image which gives a very good high level overview of vCD architecture for vDCs (virtual data centers). Before going into the class and moving on past the architectural overview, make sure you understand everything that is happening in the graphic below.
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