Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?
Victor: I had previously written four other books about virtualization and hyper-converged infrastructure. I hoped to write the design and best practices for Dell VxRail System.
Q: What is the name of your book?
Victor: Dell VxRail System Design and Best Practices.
Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?
Victor: I got some comments on my previous book, “Implementing VxRail HCI Solutions”. The reader request can get the information on design and best practices for Dell VxRail System. I spent around two months researching this book.
Q: Do you have a blog that readers can follow?
Victor: Yes, I do – https://wuchikin.wordpress.com/.
Q: What key takeaways do you want readers to come away with from the book?
Victor: They will learn how to upgrade to the software release 7 of the VxRail System and the new features of 15th Generation PowerEdge Technology.
Q: Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?
Victor: Yes. Here you go: 1. https://www.dell.com/support/manuals/en-us/vxrail-appliance-series/vxr_p_vxrail-doc-list-doc/list-of-documents
Q. Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?
Victor: I did not face any challenges during the writing process.
Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?
Victor: It has been a great journey from the first book to this book. Please keep communicating with other experts in the community, and you can learn different knowledge from them. I would recommend Packt to any aspiring authors.
Q. Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?
Victor: I believe this book can cover the design concept and best practices of the Dell VxRail System. They will have a good understanding of this book.
Q. What is/are your specialist tech area(s)?
Victor: Over 15 years of system infrastructure experience, mainly focusing on Storage, Virtualization, Active-Active Data Center and HCI Solutions.
Q. What advice would you give to readers jumping into this technology? Do you have any top tips?
Victor: They can find the design and best practices for Dell VxRail System, e.g. vSAN Stretched Cluster, VxRail with VMware SRM and VxRail with Veeam Backup and Replication v11, etc. I suggest they understand the deployment concept of the VxRail System in my previous book “Implementing VxRail HCI Solutions, and then they can understand the design concept easily in this book.
Q. Do you belong to any tech community groups?
Victor: Yes – Veeam Vanguards, vExperts, Tanzu Vanguards, Cisco Champions, and Dell TechExperts.
Q. What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?
Victor: Dell VxRail System is based on 15th Generation PowerEdge Technology. In this generation, it supports the different types of nodes, including VxRail with vSAN, VxRail Dynamic Node and VxRail Satellite Node. The readers can find the design and best practices for Dell VxRail System, e.g. vSAN Stretched Cluster, VxRail with VMware SRM and VxRail with Veeam Backup and Replication v11, etc.
Q. How did you organize, plan, and prioritize your work and write the book?
Victor: I spent 2-3 weeks writing each chapter, editing, etc.
Q. What are your favorite tech journals? How do you keep yourself up to date on tech?
Victor: Keep to learn the new technical knowledge and hands-on experience in different communities and vendors.
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Q: What is that one writing tip that you found most crucial and would like to share with aspiring authors?
Victor: To ensure the readers can understand the contents in my book, which will translate into sales.
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