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Oracle Database licensing on VMware vSphere Resources

Posted on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 04:08 AM

Primary Goal of Oracle Salesperson

An oracle salesperson primary goal is to sell you are much Oracle product and services as possible. Using a little FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) can go a long way to helping that salesperson make quota and more importantly generate as much revenue as possible.  This article is about resources that can help make sure you don't over pay Oracle license fees and can see past the FUD that is way to often out there.

A good example of this FUD happens each time I present on Virtualizing Oracle databases on VMware at a major conference like VMworld, Oracle OpenWorld or IOUG Collaborate.

At each Q&A portion of my presentation a person in the audience brings up the point. “I was told by Oracle that the database is not supported on VMware”. Which is absolutely not true.  Yet this particular piece of FUD which started years ago continues to be spread around. This happens so often; I am beginning to think that some of these people in the audience when I present are a plants to help continue to spread thus miss-information.

Metalink Note 249212.1

This issue was put to rest over 7 years ago in 2007 when Oracle released Oracle Official Support Policy Metalink Note 249212.1 States they will support Oracle Databases, Applications & Middleware virtualized on VMware. Oracle RAC and Later is also officially supported.

In addition to what Oracle support provides you as a VMware customer have access to the Global Support team at VMware, which has a team of Oracle specialists.  Make sure you ask to deal with them, if the problem is in any way database related.

Galaxy Licensing  - Resistance is Futile

As I think about the FUD, I am hearing of late. The idea of Galaxy licensing comes to mind. . Here is an example of what I mean by Galaxy licensing. If in your organization you have a 4-node cluster. Oracle stance would be that you have to license all 4 nodes. Even if the software had never been run or installed on 2 of those nodes.

Think about this, you have never installed or run the Oracle database on 2 of the nodes, why would Oracle ever be entitled to additional licensee fees.  You might even have set up affinity rules within vSphere that prevented the database from running on two of those nodes. Oracle would still tell you needed to license all 4 nodes.

Galaxy Pricing License Scheme

What is next; Galaxy licensing.  Where my servers are in the same Galaxy, so I owe oracle additional license fees.. To me this is just another way that FUD is being used to maximize revenue.  First we had Oracle Audits, now we have a new licensing scheme Galaxy licensing all designed have you spend more money with Oracle.

When determining what you owe oracle for licenses the only thing that is relevant is the details in your contract.  Let me say that again. When determining what you owe oracle for licenses the only thing that is relevant is the details in your contract. 

Oracle Database License on VMware Resources

Here are some resources you should take the time to look at:

Oracle Licensing: Soft Partitioning on VMware is Your Contractual Right


VMworld TV – Oracle on licensing VMware / virtualized environments (Updated)


Virtualizing Oracle: Caging the Licensing Dragon


Virtualizing Oracle to Save on Licensing Costs


Understanding Oracle Certification, Support and Licensing for VMware Environments


Oracle Support Policy


Virtualzing Business Critical Applications



Oracle FUD – The Phantom Menace: Licensing on VMware vSphere




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Elite SQL Server database virtualization Workshop Day 1-3

Posted on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

Elite SQL Server Workshop from VMware and PureStorage

VMware and PureStorage together sponsored a workshop that took place at VMware corporate headquarters where they took a roomful of SQL Server experts many of whom are Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP’s) and spent three days sharing with them VMware coupled with PureStorage as a platform for SQL Server database virtualization.

SQL Server Workshop Classroom

Picture Above: Classroom Where Elite SQL Server Database Virtualization Workshop Was Held

All attendees were required to sign an NDA.  Beyond the future product direction we were all free to share our opinions. This was a very gutsy move for VMware and PureStorage to make. This group of SQL Server experts is very vocal and not shy of sharing their opinions good and bad on social media with the technology community. If there was a flaw in this technology, this group would be sure to find it and more importantly share it with the technology community at large.

The event was amazing. Don't take just my word for it take the word of the many other SQL Server experts who attended:

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@SQLRockstar "Best. Training. Class. Ever #vmware"

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@mrdenny Agreed RT @sqlRockstar So far #vmware has set a VERY high bar for any future training class I attend.

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@Kleegeek Thank you #vmware for an absolutely amazing week wth #sqlserver crew. I had high expectations and you guys delivered and then some!

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@GFritchey Pretty amazing event. Thanks #VMware for all of it

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@CBellDBA Amazing week with @vmware & @purestorage , but happy to be heading home. Thanks for a great week guys! Lots of amazing info!

At Ntirety we were fortunate to have 3 people attend the Elite SQL Server database virtualization workshop. Here are our thoughts on the event:

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@SQLBeat Headed home to Orlando today from #vmware SQL workshop. Fantastic event. Thanks to all who put this together.

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@DBA_ANDY Definitely +1 >> RT @SQLRockstar: Best. Training. Class Ever. #vmware

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@michael_corey The #sqlserver database virtualization workshop held at #vmware exceeded all my expectations - outstanding thank you #vsphere #vmware

As the many conversations happened over the three days, the conversation came up a few timeson how this compared to an Microsoft MVP summit. A Microsoft MVP Summit, I have always heard is suppose to be excellent, that it is a real treat to be able to attend a Microsoft MVP Summit. The first Microsoft MVP Summit I am able to attend is coming up this year and I am really excited at attending.

What I heard from quite a few of the more seasoned SQL Server MVP's at this Elite SQL Server Database virtualization workshop that VMware and PureStorage put on was much better than a Microsoft MVP Summit. That Microsoft could learn a few things from this event. That indeed is a very high standard. A tribute to the fine Job Don Sullivan, Deji Akomolafe of VMware for putting this event together. Special thanks to Michael Adams of VMware and Avinash Nayak of PureStorage for having the vision to support this event and enable Don and Deji to bring this event to the SQL Server Community.

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Pictured Above @mrdenney @gfritchey @gunneyk talking at break

No Marketing - Just Solid Technical Information & Collaboration

What I think really set this Elite SQL Server Database Virtualization workshop apart was two-fold. The Attendees. A room full of SQL Server experts many of whom are Microsoft SQL Server MVPS.  The second major reason that set this workshop apart both VMware and PureStorage did not waste our time with Marketing Fluff. Both Companies brought their A-Team of speakers who really knew their products. Allowed us to ask any questions we had and more importantly listened to any feedback we had. This commitment to listening to the feedback is long term. Both VMware and PureStorage seemed to genuinely care about what we had to say and take it into account in helping to determine product direction.

Long Term Special Conduit to VMware Office of CTO

VMware has committed to the SQL Servr experts that they will have a long term special communication conduit to the VMware Office of the CTO. To quote Don Sullivan from who is an ambassador of the VMware Office of the CTO "The feedback that we have collected from the Engineers and Tech Marketing specialists was that they are all thrilled to have had the opportunity to interact with a group such as yourselves on both a technical professional level as well as a personal level"

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Picture Above Don Sullivan an ambassador of the VMware Office of the CTO

Based upon the very engaged dialouge we had at this event from all the particpants, I think this direct line of communcation with the VMware office of the CTO is something that will be very beneficial to the SQL Server community now and over time.

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 Picture Above: Very Engaged Speakers

PureStorage SQL Server Advisory Councl

In the words of Avinash Nayak "1) Establish SQL Server advisory council – I would like to invite you all to be part of a new advisory council that I am setting up. Your feedback on product direction, messaging etc. will be invaluable to us as we look to grow our SQL Server solution. We would love for you to participate in this program as much as your time will permit (I will follow up with more details). This is one of many steps that PureStorage has commited too as a result of this Elite SQL Server Database Virtualization workshop.

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 Pictured Above Avinash Nayak at SQL Server Database Virtualization Workshop

What is clear both the attendees and speakers from VMware and PureStorage benefited from the collaboration that took place this week. It was great to be part of something so special.

Commitment From The Very Top at VMware

Its no wonder so much goodness came out of this workshop with such strong commitment from VMware. The opening speaker from VMware was the CEO of VMware Pat Gelsinger. It was refreshing to have a CEO who could really talk Technical. The SQL Server experts did not hold back, it was a very engaging conversation.

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Pictured Above right to left Pat Gelsinger, Michael Corey, Michael Adams as we present Pat a copy of my the book Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware co-authored with Jeff Szastak and Michael Webster

Commitment From The Very Top At PureStorage

Scott Dietzen the CEO of PureStorage also came to spend time with group. Once again we had a CEO who could talk Tech. Since this is my blog, I am going to take show you a picture of when we presented Scott a copy of my book Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware.

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 Pictured Above RIght to Left Michael Adams, Michael Corey and Scott Dietzen as we presented a copy of Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware that I co-authored with Jeff Szastak and Michael Webster

What is clear both VMware and PureStorage made commitment to doing this event right. Letting their technology stand on its capabilites. We were not disapointed. At one point an observation was made that a room full of Microsoft MVP's could not make the PureStorage array even break into a little sweat.

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 Pictured above a PureStorage Array not even feeling the strain from a room of SQL Server MVP'

Now in the defence of the attendees of the SQL Server workshop, given enough time I am sure we could have brought anyones storage array to its knees. It was fun watching us put strain on the infastructure and see it handle it with ease.

Elite SQL Server Database Virtualiztion Speaker Line-Up was awesome

By holding the event at VMware headquarters in Pal Alto California made it very easy for both PureStorage and VMware to bring in the subject matter experts in each of the areas we covered. When that was not possible, we would do a webex. This meant that sometimes the speaker at the other end was up very late. It also once again demostrated a commitment from both these companies to getting  SQL Server experts in the workshop in front of the right subject matter experts.

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 Picture above: Group of subject matter experts from VMware

As I attended the workshop I felt like I was drinking out of a fire-hose. So this list of speakers just does not do it Justice. So here is a partial list of who presented at the workshop.

  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO VMware
  • Sott Dietzen, CEO PureStorage
  • David Klee, Founder Heraflux Technologies (One of the SQL Server MVP's in the room)
  • Don Sullivan Ambassador of the VMware CTO Office  
  • Deji Akomolafe, VMware
  • Avinash Nayak, PureStorage
  • Richard Mcdougall, Principal Engineer, VMware

The Agenda included:

  • Storage Fundementals
  • Windows Clustering
  • vSphere Core Networking
  • NSX & VCNS
  • Future of IT and Storage
  • Management and Monitoring
  • Disaster Recovery in a vSphere Infastructure
  • Converged Storage
  • Vsan

This list of agenda items and speakers does not begin to do this workshop justice. It was hard to take notes as you are drinking out of a fire-hose.

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Pictured Above Jeff Buell, Performance Guru, VMware


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Pictured Above: Group of PureStorage Speakers at workshop

This was just so much good technical information passed back and forth. It was clear that the speakers learned as much as they taught at this Elite SQL Server Database virtualization workshop.


Favorite Quotes From The Elite SQL Server Database Virtualization Workshop

Kevin Kline "Sucktacular SQL it can thrash any amount of hardware"

"PureStorae has taken the complexity of managing the storage array away."

PureStorage speaker "No nerd knobs to turn on our array"

Other Comments made worth mentioning.

@DBA_ANDY "That and the viability of considering flash storage arrays - I never had taken it seriously before other than as a single drive"

@DBArgenis "I'm thinking that disk (properly configured, of course) will not be a bottleneck for anyone in 3-5 years."

PureStorage  "we have an all inclusive pricing model"

PureStorage "We will see these things get bigger, cheaper and faster over time"

 "If its on the internet it must be true, we combat that every day"

Two things we see when customers look at flash 1. Cost's 2. Fear of change/FUD -- Fix cost and DBA's will get past

"PureStorage is fixing the mediocre crap we all have to do"

"Raid and spindles is designed for device failure. Raid with flash is very different"

"PureStorage has taken the complexity of managing the storage array away."

"NSX - Before the traffic even leaves the hypervisor we can make decisions"

VMware is bringing same benefits to server consolation are now being brought to the network

#2 area where problems happen when attempting to virtualize SQL Server is the Network being done


@DBArgenis I just met PureStorage CEO, Scott Dietzen So refreshing to hear how they're disrupting


OH: Spinning disk speed to memory speed is as an F-16 to a slug.

Richard Mcdougall VMware "99% of the problems with a database is a storage problem"

Scott Dietzen CEO of PureStorage "we have NPS scores in the 70's & 80's highest in the industry"

Scott Dietzen CEO of PureStorage "Microsoft continues to be a very close partner"

Scott Dietzen CEO of PureStorage "We focus much much more on software...."

Scott Dietzen CEO of PureStorage "IPOD was a great thing for the flash industry"

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger "we're going to virtualize every application - every single frickin' one"

Pat Gelsinger at SQL Server Database Virtualization workshop quote "Most important application is the database"


Long 3-days Workshop Almost Over

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Pictured Above: Getting Ready to go to a Baseball Game



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Pictured Above: The VMware SQL Workshop on the Score Board at the baseball game.

It was a very productive week. We all leaned so much both the speakers and the attendess. We all made some new friends. We all gained more insight into what a powerful combination SQL Server sitting on a VMware virtualized platform with a storage array powered by Pure Storage is. It was great to be part of it.

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Elite SQL Server database virtualization Workshop on VMware vSphere

Posted on Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 12:30 AM

Serious workshop for a serious topic

During week of September 8th, VMware and Pure Storage are hosting a 3-day, intensive SQL Server database virtualization workshop at their corporate headquarters in Pal Alto, CA.  There are a number of reasons why this workshop is so unique:

  • 15 Experts, many of whom are Microsoft SQL Server MVP's (Most Valuable Professionals).
  • Being held at VMware Pal Alto headquarters enables VMware to bring in key engineers to collaborate with the SQL Server experts.
  • Open dialogue on where VMware vSphere technology is today and where it will be in the future.
  • Hands on Labs enabling these SQL Server experts to get their hands dirty with the technology.

It is not very often that you see a technology vendor so confident about the ability of their technology that they are willing to bring in industry experts of this caliber and let them get their hands dirty with it, especially knowing that they will share their experiences good and bad. I commend both Pure Storage and VMware for making this SQL Server Database virtualization workshop possible.

Why this SQL Server virtualization workshop is happening Now!

With the recent release of vSphere 5.x you now have a hypervisor able to scale up to 64 vCPUs and 1TB of RAM. The most demanding database workloads can now be virtualized and enjoy all the benefits that come along with the database sitting on a virtualization infrastructure.  For example, the database would no longer have to be shut down to upgrade the physical server the database was housed on. For a DBAs that are used to too many late nights and weekends to perform critical upgrades, this is music to their ears. It's a real game changer for the quality of life for a DBA.

VMware ESXi is a type 1, non-paravirtualized hypervisor this means there are no changes to the kernel of the guest operating system. The DBA can rest assured their database will execute exactly the same way it has always has when it was on a physical server.  For this reason and many others, there has been a huge surge within the marketplace to virtualize SQL Server and Oracle databases. I have seen this first hand at the many presentations where I poll the audience on this exact topic. The results of late have been overwhelming in terms of the percentage of the audience actively virtualizing databases.

The timing of this SQL Server workshop could not be better. To bring together 15 of the leading experts on SQL Server in a room for 3-day with top VMware engineers who will answer all their questions and, more importantly, provide them an infrastructure to try it all, makes this an unprecedented workshop. I have seen vendors in the past do Demos, but not many who are willing to bring in experts of this caliber and let them try the technology for themselves. You be the judge of the quality of these attendees:


Michael Corey – President Ntirety – co-author of 18 Books

David Klee – Founder of Heraflux, frequent blogger, Presenter numerous SQLSaturdays

Kevin Kline - Director of Engineering Services SQL Sentry Corp

Grant Fritchey– Red Gate Software – Author of three SQL Server books

Argenis Fernandez – Blogger at  “sqlblog.com”

Thomas LaRock – President Professional Association of SQL Server

Christopher Bell - DC chapter of PASS founder - CEO WaterOX Consulting

Rodney Landrum – SQL Saturdays regular and many well-known blogs

Kendal Van Dyke – Upsearch Principle Consultant

Keith Allen Kinsel – SQL Saturday Advisory Council

Joseph D'Antoni – Senior Architect, Anexinet

Denny Cherry – Denny Cherry associates and Consulting founder

Andrew J. Kelly – SoildQ  – Weekly speaker at events worldwide

Allen White – Upsearch - Ohio SQL User group president writes for SQL Pass Magazine

Andy Galbraith – Ntirety, Blogger, Presentor at SQLSaturdays


Many of you now these different people by their twitter handles. A partial list includes:

 @SQLRockstar, @kleegeek, @SQLBEAT, @DBA_ANDY, @mrdenny, @jdanton, @Michael_corey, @SQLDBA, CBellDBA,  @GFritchey

 This is a group of people who are passionate about SQL Server and not shy to share their opinion good or bad. As this SQL Server database virtualization on vSphere workshop progresses I will try to share more with you of what we learn.

World-Class Lineup of Speakers

With the SQL Server workshop being held at VMware headquarters it enables VMware to provide a very distinguished list of speakers for these attendees to interact with from key software engineers within VMware to top executive management at the company. The opening speaker is Pat Gelsinger the Chief Executive Officer of VMware who will be starting off the SQL Server workshop.

The fact Pat is making time himself to kickoff this event demonstrates a strong commitment at the top at VMware to how important it is to provide a robust virtualized platform to run your databases on.

On day two the event is kicked off by Scott Dietzen the CEO of Pure Storage. For Pure Storage corporation let this group of SQL Server experts kick the tires on a Pure Storage array says a lot about the confidence they have in their product and its abilty to support the most demanding of all business critical applications, A dataase.

 In my opinion both VMware and Pure Storage are going the extra mile to prove that the most demanding SQL Server databases can be virtualized on VMware vSphere with confidence.

The 3-day line up of presentations and workshops is quite intensive. Topics to be covered include:

  • vSphere Core
  • vMotion, DRS, & HA Considerations
  • Pure Storage Technical Overview
  • Storage Fundementals
  • Windows Clustering
  • Networking, VCNS and NSX

Looking forward to being part of this workshop and a chance to collaborate with the esteemed group of speakers.

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Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware - Why You Should Buy the Book

Posted on Fri, Aug 01, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

Well the book is finally done. Anyone who is serious about virtualizing SQL Server with VMware or any other type of database on VMware they should take the time to read this book. When I made the decision to publish this book, I put together an Authors Dream Team on virtualization and SQL Server. The database world has always been a very small world and the database virtualization world is even smaller. Everyone in this small circle rallied about this book and gave us incredible support. So in many ways this books collective knowledge goes well beyond the author’s knowledge. Just look at the BIO's of the authors and technical editors.

Michael Webster (@vcdxnz001) is based in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX #66), author of longwhiteclouds. com (a top-15 virtualization blog), and a SpeakeTop 10 Vmworld Session speaker for 2013. In addition, he is a Senior Solutions and Performance Engineer for Nutanix, vExpert, MCSE, and NPP. Michael specializes in solution architecture and performance engineering for Unix-to-VMware migrations as well as virtualizing business-critical applications such as SQL, Oracle, SAP, Exchange, Enterprise Java Systems, and monster VMs in software-defined data centers. Michael has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry and 10 years experience deploying VMware solutions in large-scale environments around the globe. He is regularly a presenter at VMware VMworld, VMware vForums, VMware User Groups, and other industry events. In addition to this book, Michael was technical reviewer of VCDX Boot Camp and Virtualizing and Tuning Large-Scale Java Platforms, both published by VMware Press.

Jeff Szastak (@Szastak) is currently a Staff Systems Engineer for VMware. Jeff has been with VMware for over six years, holding various roles with VMware during his tenure. These roles have included being a TAM, Systems Engineer Specialist for Business-Critical Applications, Enterprise Healthcare Systems Engineer, and a CTO Ambassador. Jeff is a recognized expert for virtualizing databases and other high I/O applications on the vSphere platform. Jeff is a regular speaker at VMworld, VMware Partner Exchange, VMware User Groups, and has spoken at several SQL PASS events. Jeff holds a Master of Information Assurance degree as well as the distinguished CISSP certification. Jeff has over 13 “lucky” years in IT and is passionate about helping others find a better way to do IT.

Michael Corey (@Michael_Corey) is the President of Ntirety, a division of Hosting. Michael is an experienced entrepreneur and a recognized expert on relational databases, remote database administration, and data warehousing. Microsoft named Michael a SQL Server MVP, VMware named him a vExpert, and Oracle named him an Oracle Ace. Michael has presented at technical and business conferences from Brazil to Australia. Michael is a past president of the Independent Oracle Users Group; he helped found the Professional Association of SQL Server, is a current board member of the IOUG Cloud SIG, and is actively involved in numerous professional associations and industry user groups. Michael currently sits on the executive committee for the Massachusetts Robert H. Goddard Council for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Michael is a frequent speaker at VMworld, Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG Collaborate, VMUG, VTUG, Numerous SQL Saturdays & Numerous Oracle users groups


Our Technical Editor: Mark Achtemichuk (VCDX #50) is currently a Senior Technical Marketing Architect, specializing in Performance, within the SDDC Marketing group at VMware. Certified at VCDX #50, Mark has a strong background in data center infrastructures and cloud architectures, experience implementing enterprise application environments.

As we wrote this book, the community rallied around us. The result a book full of practical knowledge that will teach you everything you need to know to get optimal performance from your database on VMware.  

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Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware - Now Available Pre-Order

Posted on Thu, May 29, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

 As I look back at my Blog, I realize it’s been over a year since I have been active. It’s not for a lack of things I wanted to share, but a lot has happened.

The company I founded – Ntirety - was acquired by HOSTING.  Being on the other side of the acquisition at this point, I can tell you it’s been great. To quote the HOSTING Web site, they: “Build and Operate High-Performance Clouds for Business-Critical Applications.”  When you add Ntirety’s world-class expertise on Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Databases, this is a very powerful combination.  The two companies compliment each other quite well and are able to combined forces to offer the best combination of cloud and database services in the world.

Even as all of this was going on, I was in the process of writing a new book: Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right with Jeff Szastak and Michael Webster. This book is now available for pre-order and will be available for purchase at VMworld.

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Few the past few years, Jeff and I have been presenting together on Database Virtualization at VMworld to standing room only crowds. VMworld is where I met Michael Webster.We all agreed there was no single place one could go to learn how to virtualize a business critical application like a database. So we combined forces to bring you such a resource. We decided to focus on SQL Server, but many of the lessons learned in this book will benefit you if you are virtualizing business critical applications that also include the likes of SAP, E-Business Suite and Oracle. 

 Well, the book is going through its final edits as I write this blog and I am excited to finally see a resource available that provides a single  guide to how to virtualize the most demanding business critical applications.

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PASS SQL Saturday’s -- Whole Lot of Great Technical Talk

Posted on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 09:14 PM


I am always amazed at how many people have still not heard of SQL Saturday a series of events put on by the Professional Association of SQL Server. At the presentation Jeff Szastak and I gave at VMworld on Virtualizing SQL Server: Doing IT RIght, we had an audience of about 800 people each time we spoke. At each presentation I asked the question how many people in the audience had heard of SQL Saturday’s and only about 50 people out of 800 raised their hands each time. 

These events are run all over the world. They cost very little and are packed with a whole lot of great Technical content taught by people working with SQL Server in the trenches.

Want to meet a real life Microsoft MVP, attend a SQL Saturday. At every SQL Saturday event I have attended I have met a number of Microsoft MVP’s.  Want to feel part of the SQL Server community; this is a great way to become part of it. At these events, I have met some great people and made a lot of good friends.

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On December 8th in Washington DC, I will be presenting at SQL Saturday #173. There will be 5 sessions running every hour from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.


Sample of Sessions at SQL Saturday 173, Washington DC

5 Common SQL Server Performance Issues, Jason Hall

A Complete BI Solution in About an Hour! , Aaron King

DBA Worst Practices, Disasters and Horror Stories, Mike Walsh

Designing an SSIS Framework , Andy Leonard

Minimally Invasive - Tools to Doctor Up Your Code, Wayne Sheffield (Ntirety)

Much Ado About Indexes - Tips, Tricks and TSQL, Robert Perl

Reporting Services for Mere DBAs, Jason Brimhall (Ntirety)

SQL Azure - What is it and why do you need it?, Scott Klein

Tax, Finance, and Money Tips for consultants, Brian Moran

Virtualizing SQL 2012: Doing It Right, Michael Corey (Ntirety)

More About SQL Saturday 173

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will be held Dec 8 2012 at the Microsoft MTC , 5404 Wisconsin Ave Suite 700, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Admittance to this event is free, but we do charge a lunch fee of 10.00 so that we can provide a lunch - not pizza! 

To learn more about  SQL Saturday 173 Click Here

Future SQL Saturday Events

Dec 01, 2012


SQLSaturday #181 - Tokyo 2012

Dec 01, 2012


SQLSaturday #182 - Istanbul 2012

Dec 08, 2012


SQLSaturday #173 - Washington DC 2012

Dec 15, 2012


SQLSaturday #180 - Nepal 2012

Jan 25, 2013


SQLSaturday #185 - Trinidad 2013

Feb 02, 2013


SQLSaturday #195 - Mexico 2013

Feb 09, 2013


SQLSaturday #183 - Albuquerque 2013

Feb 23, 2013


SQLSaturday #177 - Silicon Valley 2013

Mar 02, 2013


SQLSaturday #184 - North Haven 2013

Mar 02, 2013


SQLSaturday #186 - Auckland, NZ 2013

Mar 02, 2013


SQLSaturday #192 - Tampa 2013

Mar 09, 2013


SQLSaturday #194 - Exeter 2013

Mar 09, 2013


SQLSaturday #187 - Richmond 2013

Mar 16, 2013


SQLSaturday #188 - Portugal 2013

Apr 13, 2013


SQLSaturday #189 - Costa Rica 2013

Apr 20, 2013


SQLSaturday #196 - Denmark 2013

Apr 27, 2013


SQLSaturday #193 - Phoenix 2013

Apr 27, 2013


SQLSaturday #175 - Fargo 2013

Sep 14, 2013


SQLSaturday #191 - Kansas City 2013

Sep 21, 2013


SQLSaturday #190 - Denver 2013


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IOUG Virtualization SIG - Online Symposium

Posted on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 @ 08:14 PM

Without leaving your office, you can get access to world class experts sharing with you what they know about how to sucessfully Virtualizw your Oracle Database. This is a no-brainer. The best part cost of admission is free. If you are a vendor looking at how you can be part of this. There are sponsorship oppurtunities available. If you are interested reach out to one of the two Co-Vendor Liaison Chairs - Michael Corey, Ntirety or Charles Kim at Viscosity North America. My contact information is at the end of this Blog.

November 7 - Oracle on Oracle VM

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10:00am - 10:55am CDT      Oracle on Oracle VM - Expert Panel
11:00am - 11:50am CDT     Successfully Deploy the Infrastructure Cloud with Oracle VM
12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT    The RAC OVM Templates and the new DeployCluster tool on OVM3
1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT      The Latest on Oracle VM
2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT         Simplifying Application Deployment in Cloud Using Virtual Assemblies and EM 12c

November 8 - Oracle Databases on VMware
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10:00am - 10:55am CDT    Virtualizing Oracle
11:00am - 11:50am CDT    Oracle Virtualization Best Practices from VMware Support
12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT    Virtualization Migration Strategies
1:00pm - 1:50pm  CDT      Storage Best Practices for Oracle on VMware
2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT       Raising the Bar with Oracle on Vblock(tm) Systems

Day 1- Oracle on Oracle VM

Oracle on Oracle VM - Expert Panel
Panelists: Tariq Farooq, Honglin Su, Kai Yu, Mike Ault, Dr. Bert Scalzo
Virtualization is the foundation stone in the cloud computing era. In this session, expert panelists and speakers present, detail and elaborate on a comprehensive concepts overview, insights, recommendations, best practices, current strategies, pros and cons, relevance/role in cloud computing, prevalent/dominant paradigms and technologies and a whole lot more about virtualization as it relates to Oracle DBAs - from the perspective of Oracle on Oracle VM.

Deploy the Infrastructure Cloud with Oracle VM
Speakers: Charles Kim, Nitin Vengurlekar
Virtualization is the process of abstracting computing resources such that multiple operating system and application images can share a single physical server, bringing significant cost-of-ownership and manageability benefits. Though its Oracle VM, Oracle offers scalable, low-cost server virtualization solutions for varying workloads and applications, as well as the driving force behind consolidation. Over the past couple of years, Oracle VM has become a major challenger in the Oracle Database virtualization space. If you are considering Oracle databases on Oracle VM, you cannot afford to miss this session by Charles Kim and Nitin Vengurlekar, Managing Directors from Viscosity North America, as they share their virtualization experiences on successfully deploying Oracle VM and describe how customers can achieve lower CapEx and OpEx using Oracle VM.
Key topics covered in their presentation will be:
- OVM History and Architecture
- OVM Core Features
- OVM 3.x New Features
- Importance of Templates
- Deployment Workflow
- Steps towards Virtualization
- Challenges
- Best Practices

The RAC Oracle VM Templates and the New DeployCluster Tool on OVM3
Speaker: Saar Maoz, Consulting Software Engineer, Oracle Corporation
The popular RAC OVM templates were refreshed this summer to more optimally support OVM3. A new tool called DeployCluster allows for even faster automation then ever! End to end (including network setup) clsuter build with no Dom0 or Guest VM access. All previously released RAC tempates can be mixed and matches and full backwards compatibility is retained for OVM2 users. Come see for yourself how easy it is to deploy RAC in an OVM2 environment. Demos will be show live as time permits.

The Latest on Oracle VM
Speaker: Ronen Kofman, Director Product Management, Oracle VM, Oracle
Oracle VM has come a long way with great customer interest and analyst recognition. In addition to the application-driven architecture and design to scale, Oracle VM continues to drive integrated management into all aspects of the product. Join us in this session to get a technical deep dive of the latest features in Oracle VM and expanded management support.

Simplifying Application Deployment in Cloud Using Virtual Assemblies and EM 12c
Speaker: Kai Yu, Dell Oracle Solutions Engineering
Oracle virtual assemblies provide a great way to simplify the deployment of enterprise-class multi-tier applications and their configuration dependencies. Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder 11gR1 can create Oracle virtual assembly packages by capturing the state of an installed application topology. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c can deploy there assemblies in the cloud resulting in fully operational application stack within minutes. This session will walk you step by step through the Oracle virtual assembly creation process. This session will also demostrate how you can use Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 Cloud Control to deploy an assembly in a self-service cloud built on a Dell platform.

Day 2- Oracle on VMware

Virtualization Oracle
Speaker: Mark Achtemichuck and Don Sullivan
The world has moved beyond wondering if critical workloads can be virtualized.  The issue of interest today is how to maximize the benefit of virtualizing challenging workloads like Oracle databases.  This session will take a detailed look at how and why Oracle runs better on vSphere than on hardware, and shows how you can analyze workloads to achieve similar results and be prepared to address typical operational issues.  Mark Achtemichuck (VCDX) is a VMware Performance Specialist, and will dive deeper into how vSphere architectural considerations are related to these key characteristics, and provide guidance on efficiently analyzing and responding to performance issues you may encounter in daily operation.  Don Sullivan is an Oracle Certified Master as well as an Oracle Tier One Specialist at VMware. 

Oracle Virtualization Best Practices for VMware Support
Speaker: Mike Matthies, VMware
This session will focus on best practices from a VMware support perspective. VMware support will show attendees how to avoid common mistakes, misunderstandings of configurations and best practices learned from the trenches.

Virtualization Migration Strategies
Speaker: George Trujillo & Charles Kim, Viscosity NA
This presentation will focus on Oracle virtualization best practices. Topics will include the Oracle Virtual Infrastructure, migration options with the same endianness, migration options for different endianness and best practices.

Storage Best Practices for Oracle on VMware
Speaker: Brad Davie, EMC
Storage is a key component of any virtualized infrastructure. The speaker will discuss storage hardware and software capabilities, and provide a comprehensive set of storage best practices designed to enhance performance, scalability and availability of Oracle databases running in a VMware environment.

Raising the Bar with Oracle on Vblock(tm) Systems
Speakers: Samir Shah, VCE and Danny Dunn, Cisco
Learn how VCE delivers a pre-engineered and validated converged infrastructure to reduce costs, speed time to value and de-risk Oracle deployments. Gain an inside perspective on harnessing the power of Vblock(tm) Systems to ensure and predictable Oracle performance, as well as enhanced operational agility and scalability for E-Business Suite R12 & RAC

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VMWORLD 2012 Barcelona Spain – An Attendee’s Score Card

Posted on Sun, Oct 21, 2012 @ 03:25 PM

I was very fortunate that the presentation I created with Jeff Szastak titled APP-BCA1516 – Virtualizing SQL 2012: Doing IT Right was also selected for VMWORLD Barcelona. Not many presentations were asked to also present in Barcelona putting Jeff and me in good company with likes of Michael Webster and Don Sullivan. If you have not seen them present, I would highly recommend both of them.

In this blog, I am going to attempt to give you my honest appraisal of VMWORLD 2012 Barcelona. My review will be from a Business Critical Applications perspective (Oracle, SQL Server, Exchange, SAP, E-Business Suite) which is what matters most to me as opposed to a general VMware perspective.

Fira Barcelona Gran Via Venue Score     

Grade: “C”

The city of Barcelona is beautiful. As a destination city in Europe, it is a wonderful place to visit. As a conference city, it has a very long way to go. When the city built the conference center known by the locals as Fira Barcelona Gran Via, they chose to put it quite a distance away from the city center. In addition, there was no shuttle service from the hotels to the venue. Given the distance the hotels were from the conference venue, I suspect it was cost prohibitive to run such a shuttle service.

I talked to some attendee who attempted to use public transportation. There was not a subway stop near the conference center. I also was told there was a very long wait for the busses that would take you to the nearest Metro station, making public transit a very unlikely option. Most attendees, myself included, used the local taxi service. The line was usually at least 30 minutes long. There was no attempt to try and group people together.  So, every day I spent around 25/30 Euros, which was pretty typical. A very expensive trip in and out.

The registration desk was right as you walked in.  You could not miss it. The conference registration lines were very reasonable and the staff very helpful.

The conference layout itself was terrible. It was very long and narrow, which made it feel very crowded. It took some getting used to. In the facility's defense, they had lots of help around to show you the way. Because it was so long and narrow, you had quite a long walk to get to the Tradeshow & Hands-on Labs portion of the event.

At European events I have attended in the past, food is usually much better than their U.S. counterparts. That was not the case here. No one was happy with the food. By conference standards, it got low marks. Problem was you had no alternatives. The conference was in the middle of nowhere and you could not walk outside for an alternative.

Speaker services were excellent. A real strength as compared to other events I have spoke at. There is a place for speakers to work, lots of support staff to help and coffee and snacks available.

Tradeshow & Hands-On Labs       

Grade: “A”

The Hands-on Labs were excellent. Just spending your time in the Hands-on Labs alone can make it worth your while to attend the event.  I did not experience this first hand, but I was told there was some issues the first days. That seems to be a recurring theme at all VMWorlds. I think they always underestimate just how popular the hands-on labs are going to be.

Here is a sample of some of the Hands-on Labs that were available:

HOL-APP-03 Enable Database as a Service (DBaaS) in Your Cloud with VMware vFabric Data Director

HOL-APP-01 Manage Your vCloud Suite Applications with VMware vFabric Application Director

HOL-INF-02 Explore vSphere 5.1 Distributed Switch (vDS) New Features

HOL-INF-05 Implement Disaster Recovery for the Cloud with VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

HOL-INF-06 Deploy and Operate Your Cloud with the VMware vCloud Suite

HOL-OPS-01 Manage Your vCloud Suite Deployment with VMware vCenter Operations Manager Enterprise

HOL-OPS-05 Explore VMware vCenter Operations Manager Enterprise New Features

The Trade Show, which is, known as Solutions Exchange, was excellent. All the major players I would expect to see were there except for Oracle.

VMworld Barcelona 2012  Technical Content

Business Critical Applications Technical Content Grade:                 “A”

Business Critical Applications Quantity of Presentation Grade:       “C”

VMware Technology Content Overall Grade:                                       “A”

The overall content concerning VMware product and features was excellent.  When it came to Business Critical Applications like an Oracle Database or a Microsoft SQL Server database I thought the technical content was excellent, but there was not enough representation.

Here is the List of Oracle Presentations that were available:

APP-BCA1333 Virtualizing Oracle RAC

APP-BCA1344 Virtualizing Oracle for Disaster Recovery with Data Guard and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager.

APP-CAP2341 Accelerate Database Virtualization with VMware vFabric Data Director

GD46 Oracle Virtualization with Jan-Willem Lammers

Here is the list of Microsoft SQL Server Presentations that were available:

APP-BCA1516 Virtualizing SQL 2012: Doing IT Right

APP-BCA1530 Virtualizing Highly Available SQL Servers

GD44 Database for Microsoft Applications with Jeff Szastak

The Technical content of these presentations were excellent. But there is just not enough quantity. A database is one of the most intensive business critical applications you will ever virtualize. To only have 3 Microsoft SQL Server presentations or 4 Oracle Presentations is not enough. VMWorld needs to get as serious about virtualizing business critical applications as VMware is.

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VMworld 2012: Virtualizing SQL Server 2012 APP-BCA1516

Posted on Tue, Sep 04, 2012 @ 08:42 PM

Derek Seaman's Blog

Derek a fellow VMware vExpert took the time to write a blog about Jeff Szastak's and my presentation at VMworld 2012. He did a great job of summarizing what he heard. Here is a link to this blog article. I would also check out his many other Blogs. A lot of good information here.

Derek Seaman's Blog VMworld 2012: Virtualizing SQL Server 2012 APP-BCA1516

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Free Seminar: Key Strategies & Best Practices Virtualizing Oracle

Posted on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 @ 03:22 PM


Free Seminar: Key Strategies & Best Practices Virtualizing Oracle

An excellent workshop is going to be delivered in Rochester, NY, New York, NY and Stamford, CT around virtualizing Oracle on VMware.

Learn Key Strategies and Best Practices around Virtualizing Oracle

Please join us to learn the secret sauce on reference architectures, best practices, storage, migration strategies as well as stories from the trenches around virtualizing Oracle on VMware.  This is a detailed technical workshop addressing core knowledge that every Oracle DBA needs to understand about virtualizing Oracle.  This is a can't miss workshop being presented by three industry recognized Oracle experts:

  • Michael Corey, Founder and CEO, Ntirety – Oracle ACE and VMware vExpert, Author of Tuning Oracle, Oracle Data Warehousing, Oracle A Beginner's Guide, ...
  • Charles Kim, Co-Founder Viscosity North America – Oracle ACE Director and VMware VCP, Author of Oracle Data Guard Handbook, Linux Recipes for Oracle DBAs, Oracle 11g New Features, Oracle ASM, ...
  • George Trujillo, Oracle Double ACE, VCP, VMware Tier One Specialist

Register Today

Thursday, 9/6 – Rochester, NY  
Woodcliff Hotel and Spa
199 Woodcliff Drive
Rochester, NY 14692
Thursday, 9/13 – New York, NY   
Morton’s The Steakhouse
551 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Tuesday, 9/18 – Stamford, CT   
Marriot Stamford Hotel and Spa
243 Tresser Boulevard
Stamford, CT  06901
08:30 a.m.
Welcome, Registration, Breakfast
09:00 a.m.
Virtualization Architecture and Fundamentals
09:30 a.m.
Why Customers are Virtualizing Business Critical Applications
09:45 a.m.
Key Strategies for Migrating to Virtual Servers
10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Virtualizing Business Critical Applications: Doing it RIght
12:00 p.m.
Key Tuning and Monitoring Metrics DBAs Need to Know
12:30 p.m.
Lunch, Networking, & Raffle Giveaway*
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided
*One lucky winner will receive Beats Solo HD headphones by Dr. Dre


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