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Top Resources to Learn about vCloud Director

By David Davis

At VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, VMware's CEO Paul Maritz announced the cornerstone of their private cloud platform – vCloud Director. Formerly known as "Project Redwood", vCloud Director sits above your, potentially, existing virtual infrastructure and allows you to pool those virtual infrastructure resources to allow your IT customers to consume IT in a whole new way. With vCloud Director, this is done with end user portals, catalogs, and security policies that should make your business more agile and reduce costs. vCD is also the a platform that will allow you, one day, to transition to the public cloud or create a hybrid cloud. Without seeing these features for yourself and testing them to visualize the benefits in your own company, this may sound like hype and that's why we all need to spend more time researching, learning, and evaluating vCloud Director for ourselves.


If you are still at the point of trying to figure out what vCloud Director is, make sure that you read more about it on the vCloud Director product page. On the other hand, if you have a base idea about what vCloud Director is and are looking for more resources – read on!

I'm not going to purport to teach you all that you need to know about vCloud Director in this post. Honestly, I'm still learning about it and I am sure that most enterprise customers out there are still trying to visualize how "the cloud" will help them. Instead, what I am going to do is to give you an excellent list of resources that you can study to learn in your own time (many of which I am using myself).

I have broken this list of vCloud Director resources down into categories to help group similar resources together. Here you go:

VMware Official Resources

vCloud Director Resources on the Web

vCloud Director Videos on the Web

Special Thank You to Haney Michael at for the following list of vCD Videos from VMware, on YouTube:

Upcoming vCloud Director Resources

With vCloud Director being a version "1.0.0" product, there will absolutely be many more features and much more maturity from the product over the next few months and years. Along with that, there will be many more vCloud Director resources being release (such as John Arrasjid's book). Stay tuned to my blog posts for more information on vCloud Director!

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for including the popular vSphere video training package. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video training course from!


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