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VMworld 2014 U.S. – Monday August 25

posted August 26, 2014, 10:38 AM by

Dave Welch (@OraVBCA), CTO and Chief Evangelist
Revised on September 2, 2014

For starters, I walked right out of the breakfast in disgust to grab a meal on the street. Until now, VMworld has always set the standard for what conference…

Automating Virtualized Oracle Deployments Part I

posted July 31, 2014, 8:19 AM by

Nick Walter, Principal Architect

It seems to be universally true in IT that any tool that promises to simplify and improve our lives comes with a boatload of associated complexity if one wants to leverage the advanced features. That’s certainly…

vSphere Flash Read Cache

posted May 7, 2014, 9:19 AM by

Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

Server side solid-state devices are gaining popularity. New to ESXi 5.5, VMware has introduced a feature that provides server side read cache from local solid-state devices (SSDs).  These SSDs can be either PCIe flash cards or…

CPU Ready Time – Blog Part II

posted April 23, 2014, 9:23 AM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

This is the follow up blog to CPU Ready Part I. I have been using the following tables for around six months now. I find them very helpful in quickly determining if a virtual machine is…

VMworld 2013 Observations

posted September 11, 2013, 2:14 PM by

Dave Welch (@OraVBCA), CTO and Chief Evangelist

Here are some of my observations on VMworld 2013 San Francisco.

In Pat Gelsinger’s Monday keynote, I was relieved by his direct commitment to supporting the virtualization of business-critical applications (VBCA). In VMware Corp’s…

IOmeter – Simple and Effective

posted May 30, 2013, 8:53 PM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

I was working on some documentation for a client and started thinking back on how long we have been using IOMeter — my best guess is since 2007. It is a great tool. You could…

Right Sizing Your Virtual Machines

posted February 7, 2013, 4:07 PM by

House of Brick Principal Architect

You have allocated too many resources to your virtual machines, and now your business-critical server performance is suffering! How can this be? That does not make sense!

In this post, I will demonstrate how allocating too…

VMware vSphere 5.1 Features DBAs Should Care About

posted October 26, 2012, 3:56 PM by

House of Brick Principal Architect

As you know, the world’s premier virtualization platform, VMware’s vSphere 5.1, was released to the public recently. This evolutionary release contains a number of great new features and improvements. As database professionals, which of these…