VCDX – “Go-To” Logical Designs

As an Enterprise Architect, whether you are getting ready for the VCDX Design Scenario portion of your VCDX defence or improving your “on the fly” consulting skills in client meetings, it makes a lot of sense to have a standard set of “Go-To” logical design templates that you can rely upon when white boarding.

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VCDX – Great Logical Design

As Enterprise Architects we instinctively understand the purpose of the Conceptual Model (Requirements, Constraints and Assumptions) and the Physical Design (Vendor XYZ, Product A with setting B).  Unfortunately, the Logical Design is something most architects struggle with, because it is abstract and theoretical.  This is very common with Enterprise Architects who have been working with one vendor for a long time, because they are so used to building designs where Vendor XYZ has been preselected, that they overlook the need to provide a future possibility for other vendors.

Note: The VCDX program accepts the referencing of VMware technology in the Logical Design section, as long as the Physical Design section covers the VMware technology software version selection and justification.

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VCDX – Logical & Physical Design Blueprints

One of the requirements for the VCDX submission is a set of Logical and Physical Design Blueprints.  As the name suggests, the Blueprint collates all of the pertinent information from each technology silo of the Architecture Design into one document.  I have heard of candidates not using a separate set of broadsheets and still being accepted, however my advice is take the time and effort to prepare the A3 diagrams.

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VCDX – How do I measure if my Customer Requirements are being met?

One of the biggest challenges with developing your design is checking and measuring how closely your Logical and Physical Design decisions have aligned with the Customer’s Business Requirements.  This is one of the reasons why it is worth starting your design from a blank sheet of paper and ignore any templates you may have access to; they distract you from the fundamental process.

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VCDX – Recipe for Success

After two attempts, 12+ months and 1,000+ hours of effort, I finally achieved the VCDX5-DCV certification (#133) in Frimley 2014.  Thank you to all that supported me, particularly my wife and kids. Continue reading VCDX – Recipe for Success