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Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions Knowledge

See also those similar posts: Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions and Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions.

Identify available vSphere editions and features (some changes from vSphere 4.x)

See the Compare vSphere 5.0 Kits and Compare vSphere 5.0 Editions.

Explain ESXi and vCenter Server architectures (similar as vSphere 4.x)

See the VMware Sphere Basic guide, the Objective 0.1 – VMware Products and also VMware Web Site.

Explain Private/Public/Hybrid cloud concepts

See the Objective 0.2 – Cloud Concepts.

Determine appropriate vSphere edition based on customer requirements (some changes from vSphere 4.x)

Of course this depends by several factors, not only the requirements but also the constraints and assumptions. Price and vRAM entitlement could be a factor, for this see vSphere 5.0 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging Whitepaper.

Usually Essential bundles could be fine for SMB, the Standard could be a way to upgrade and scale an Essential+ bundle, the Enterprise could be fine for most cases (note that the Advanced is no more available) and Enterprise+ is for who need specific features (like DVS, Auto Deploy, SDRS, SIOC, NIOC, …).