I heard once that doctors never stop learning through whole life. They have to be up to date with current science developments and breakthroughs. I strongly believe that people who work in IT are the same. We have to follow up with newest technologies, trends and so on. Therefore I would like to share with you books I really recommend to learn, develop and gain knowledge. Books are presented without specific order – all of them are great.

VMware vSphere Design

VMware vSphere Design 2nd Edition

One of the best books I read so far. It helps you to understand how to design VMware infrastructure that works smoothly, is easy to manage but works solid even during serious outages. By reading this books you will learn how to make smart decisions during design phase that will contribute in future.

Authors: Forbes Guthrie (Author), Scott Lowe (Author), Kendrick Coleman (Author)

Publication Date: March 25, 2013 | ISBN-10: 1118407911 | ISBN-13: 978-1118407912 | Edition: 2

Mastering VMware vSphere 5.x

Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5

According to Amazon this is bestselling book about vSphere on the market. I own previous version and I loved it. It is great book if you are learning towards VCP5-DCV and other VMware certifications. It covers all topics of successful vSphere deployment from A to Z.

Amazon link: Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5

Authors: Scott Lowe (Author), Nick Marshall (Author), Forbes Guthrie (Contributor), Matt Liebowitz (Contributor), Josh Atwell (Contributor)

Publication Date: November 4, 2013 | ISBN-10: 1118661141 | ISBN-13: 978-1118661147 | Edition: 1

The Official VCP5 Certification Guide

The Official VCP5 Certification Guide

One of the best books I ever read. I won it on one website in contest and I am really happy that I read it. I used it to prepare myself to VCP5-DCV certification. It guides you through whole blueprint step by step and with this book passing VCP5 is piece of cake 😉

Amazon link: The Official VCP5 Certification Guide

Author: Bill Ferguson (Author)

Publication Date: August 26, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0789749319 | ISBN-13: 978-0789749314 | Edition: 1

VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive

If you think that you know High Availability, DRS and clustering you are wrong 😉 By reading this book you will go into deep dark areas of vpxd.cfg, you will be so confused after you will read all mystery behind DRS algorithms, but at the end you will enjoy it – just like with all tough exercise. This isn’t easy book, and I don’t recommend it at the beginning of journey with VMware virtualization, but I strongly suggest to consume it if you are hunger for deep, fat knowledge.

Amazon link: VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive

Authors: Duncan Epping (Author), Frank Denneman (Author)

Publication Date: August 26, 2012

VCAP5-DCA Official Cert Guide: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5- Data Center Administration

VCAP5-DCA Official Cert Guide: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5- Data Center Administration

This book is not yet released (release date Spring 2014, you can pre order it) but I am really waiting for it. I hope it will guide me through VCAP5-DCA as easily as VCp5 book.

Amazon link: VCAP5-DCA Official Cert Guide: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5- Data Center Administration

Authors: Steve Baca, John B. Davis

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Have you ever wondered who reads most of the books? Check out this infographic.

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Wojciech Marusiak

Solution Architect at Alibaba Cloud
I am innovative and experienced IT professional with over 12 years in the IT industry.

My experience and skills have been proven by leading vendor certifications like AWS, Alibaba Cloud, VMware, and Microsoft. I contribute to IT community and I received VMware vExpert 2014 - 2017 and VMware vExpert NSX 2017 Award.

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