Webinars & Presentations

Enterprise Cloud Adoption – Options, Roadblocks, Strategies, and Predictions

Presenter: Nathan Biggs, CEO – House of Brick

Public cloud planning is part of most organizations’ IT strategies. When it comes to the most critical enterprise systems however, planning for cloud adoption is more complicated.

Nathan Biggs, CEO at House of Brick Technologies, a leader in virtualization and cloud computing for enterprise-class systems, will discuss options for deploying enterprise systems into public clouds. In addition, roadblocks to the cloud will be reviewed, and strategies for adoption will be considered.

Nathan will also share predictions for what House of Brick expects for enterprise cloud adoption in the coming year. Join us for this in-depth, forward look into the future of cloud adoption and planning for the enterprise!

Running Oracle on VMware? Heard About Mars vs. Oracle? Learn More About Oracle Audits from the Experts

Presenters: Nathan Biggs, CEO – House of Brick & Arthur Beeman, Partner – Arent Fox

Running Oracle on VMware offers significant architectural, operational, and budgetary benefits to customers worldwide. It also brings increased scrutiny from Oracle, which may result in the heightened threat of an audit. On any given day, House of Brick is defending a dozen of our clients running VMware against aggressive audit tactics from Oracle. Arent Fox LLP, the firm that represented Mars in the now-famous Mars vs. Oracle lawsuit, will offer insights learned from helping defend its clients during Oracle audits. We will also explore Oracle audit practices for VMware customers using Mars and provide you with practical techniques that you can use in your own organization to prepare for such an eventuality.

Optimizing SQL Server Performance in a Virtual Environment

Presenters: Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect – House of Brick

In this session, we’ll consider some of the things you should be looking at in your virtual environment to ensure you are getting the performance you should, including how to find CPU performance issues at the host level. We will also be discussing memory balloon drivers, what they actually do, how you should be configuring them, and why. We’ll discuss some of the memory-sharing technologies that are built into VMware vSphere and Hyper-V and how they relate to SQL Server. We will finish up with some storage configuration options to look at.

Deep Dive on Physical and Virtual NUMA: Save Your Virtual Machines from Certain Doom-A

Presenters: Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect – House of Brick & Rob Girard, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer – Tintri

There’s more to nonuniform memory access (NUMA) than physical boundaries in your server hardware. Putting the “deep” back into “deep dive,” Rob and Shawn will use this session to deliver everything you ever wanted to know about physical NUMA and virtual NUMA settings in VMware vSphere, Microsoft Windows, and SQL Server to aid you in getting the settings right to maximize performance. In addition to an overview of NUMA, we’ll discuss some nuances of NUMA that are not commonly known, the effects of hot-adding memory and CPU, selecting cores vs. sockets for your virtual machines, default calculation behavior, performance penalties for getting it wrong, and more.

Licensing Oracle and SQL Server on vSphere

Presenters: Dave Welch, CTO & Chief Evangelist – House of Brick & Scott Salyer, Director of Enterprise Application Architecture – VMware

Oracle and SQL Server databases are licensed very differently than other applications. There are many options from which to choose, depending on requirements for features, mobility needs, virtualization/consolidation targets, and use of third-party cloud resources. This breakout session will help you understand the options available when licensing Oracle and SQL Server database virtual machines. Learn to maximize your database licensing investment while maintaining mobility and minimizing risks of an audit.

Snapshots and SQL Server – Technical Deep Dive & Detailed Lab Findings

Presenters: Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect – House of Brick & Rob Girard, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer – Tintri

Snapshots: Application-consistent, crash-consistent, VSS, Quiesced… what does it all mean from a technical perspective and how does it apply to Microsoft SQL Server? Snapshotting technologies are at the heart of data protection for Microsoft SQL Server, whether for backups, quick point in time restores, or full disaster recovery planning… know your risks! Discover through detailed lab testing how various snapshot technologies can protect your data and deep dive into specific (& often hidden!) risks of data inconsistency and corruption.

 

Straight tAlk on Business Critical Applications in the Cloud

Presenter: Jim Hannan, Principal Architect, House of Brick Technologies

As much as the term Cloud Computing gets tossed around these days you would think everyone’s using it. But do cloud predictions really match real world use? If you aren’t “in the cloud” are you already behind the competition?

During this presentation, we will discuss the pros and cons of moving applications to the cloud, with a particular focus on business critical applications. We will share our experiences working with clients to determine if their applications are “cloud ready” through a review of availability, costs, and operational impacts. Examples of successful use cases in the public cloud will be explored including emerging technologies, DRaaS, new applications, older applications running on older hardware, and startups.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of the types of applications that are best suited for the cloud, a list of questions you should be asking when considering moving to the cloud, and a checklist you can use to evaluate your application’s cloud readiness.

 

Running Oracle Software on Power/AIX in the Skytap Cloud

Presenters: Mike Stone, CIO, House of Brick Technologies; Dan Jones, Director of Product Management, Skytap

In this session we will provide an overview of licensing Oracle programs using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) on POWER/AIX VMs in the Skytap Cloud. There is a lot of confusion around Oracle licensing, especially in virtualized or cloud environments. Many of the references to discussion points and legal challenges resulting from running virtualized x86 platforms apply directly to POWER environments as well.

Key takeaways from this webinar include:

– Skytap Cloud is an effective option for IaaS, including for Oracle-based POWER/AIX applications.
– The use of POWER/AIX VMs for Oracle workloads in Skytap Cloud ensures that Oracle workloads stay running only on licensed processors.
– Skytap Cloud provides support for Oracle licensing by allocating dedicated resources to Oracle workloads.
– In an Oracle audit, usage of Skytap Cloud environments will be documented as if the LPARs or servers are part of the customer’s on-premises environment.

Key Considerations for Placing Tier 1 Workloads on Software Defined Storage

(Alternate Title: Using Sofware-Defined Storage for your Applications: A Best Practices Guide)

Presenter: Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect

Software-defined storage is quickly becoming mainstream and not having to deal with all of the headaches of storage management can be a wonderful thing.

Placing your tier 1 database workloads onto software-defined storage is possible, but it needs to be done correctly. Tier 1 database workloads are typically the most I/O intensive systems in an environment. Consequently, there are additional considerations that need to be taken into account in order to ensure performance and redundancy for these critical workloads. It doesn’t matter if your workload is SQL Server or Oracle, or if you are running Hyper-V or VMware, the concepts are the same.

In this session, we will walk through SDS, and cover topics including: sizing your workload, validating performance characteristics, and following recommended best practices for placing your most important applications on SDS.

Key Considerations for Extending Business Critical Workloads to the Cloud

Presenters: Bob Lindquist & Jim Hannan, House of Brick; and Pete Schmitt, cStor

Virtualizing Oracle and SQL Server databases on a private cloud infrastructure has become common for many organizations worldwide. However, extending that virtual strategy to include a public cloud component brings both advantages and challenges. In this session, cStor and House of Brick will share our experiences with private, public, and hybrid cloud environments and address key operational and licensing considerations for a leading cloud providers including AWS, vCloud Air, and Microsoft Azure.

Oracle Baselines and Benchmarks for the Business

Presenters: Jonas Mason, Senior Consultant & Joe Grant, Principal Architect

Businesses sometime ignore Oracle database performance until poor performance impacts profitability, or the cost of Oracle licensing becomes significant. But this consideration frequently comes a bit late, and can cause tension between the business and technical staff.

Hear how we have helped our clients bridge the gap between business needs and technical resources. Learn how using the right tools, like Statspack and AWR, can help identify performance trends and enable a healthy dialogue between the business, technical, DBA, developer, and infrastructure teams.

Straight Talk on Oracle on VMware Licensing in 2017

Presenter: Dave Welch, CTO & Chief Evangelist

Throughout the course of the last decade, VMware virtualization has become the preferred platform for hundreds of thousands of customers, many of them running their Business Critical Applications on the virtualized infrastructure. At the center of many of these BCA environments is the Oracle Database Management System.

Deep Dive on pNUMA & vNUMA: Save Your SQL VMs from Certain DoomA!

Presenters: Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect; House of Brick
Rob Girard, Technical Marketing Engineer; Tintri

There’s more to non-uniform memory access (NUMA) than physical boundaries in your server hardware. Putting the DEEP back into Deep Dive, Rob and Shawn will use this session to deliver everything you ever wanted to know about pNUMA & vNUMA settings within VMware vSphere, Windows, & SQL Server to aid you in getting the settings right to maximize performance. In addition to an overview on NUMA, we’ll discuss some nuances of NUMA that are not commonly known, effects of memory & CPU hot-add, selecting cores vs. sockets for your VMs, default calculation behavior, performance penalties for getting it wrong, and MORE!

Clarifying the Cloud: Licensing Oracle in the Skytap Cloud

Presenters: Nathan Biggs, CEO; House of Brick
Jeff Schroeder, Cloud Solutions Architect; Skytap

There is a lot of confusion around Oracle licensing, especially in virtualized or Cloud environments. In this session, we will provide an overview of the Skytap Cloud, and what Skytap has done to facilitate Oracle license-compliance in their cloud. We will provide education on the principles of Oracle licensing, and information on how those principles are applied to workloads running in the Skytap Cloud.

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Infrastructure & Licensing considerations for Hyperconverged Technologies

Presenters: Nathan Biggs, CEO; House of Brick
Sam Lucido, Director of Technical Marketing; Dell EMC

Advances in technology now have IT organizations evaluating hyper-converged solutions in lieu of building systems. Hyper-converged solutions integrate computers, networking, virtualization, flash storage, and management in one platform that accelerates deployment. In this session, we evaluate each component layer of these new hyper-converged technologies per the Oracle contract, with an eye to reducing rather than increasing database licensing quantities. Attending this session will give IT organizations a clear roadmap for managing database licensing, and offer next steps if additional resources are needed. DBAs and others attending this session will gain knowledge regarding how to apply licensing guidelines on hyper-converged platforms.

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To Cloud or Not to Cloud: What Are the Right Questions?

Presenters: Jim Hannan, Principal Architect; House of Brick
Bob Lindquist, Client Services Director; House of Brick

Everyone is talking about Cloud Computing, but there seems to be wildly differing perspectives on what it means, how it works, and the costs and benefits of such a model. When it comes to databases and other business critical applications in the cloud, the message is even more confusing. In this session, we will discuss what House of Brick is seeing and hearing from large enterprises to small businesses. The session will present the “right questions” to ask about Tier 1 applications and cloud – from private to public and other key SaaS/DBaaS considerations.

Virtualization: The Key to Approachable disaster Recovery

Presenters: Jim Hannan, Principal Architect; House of Brick
Chris Vacanti, Senior Consultant; House of Brick

Be prepared to look at disaster recovery planning with a 360 degree view for the enterprise and SMB space, and walk away with technical ideas you can begin to implement immediately. During this presentation, we will discuss disaster recovery planning considerations and partnerships. We will also walk through technical solutions that provide a way to use virtualization and storage strategies for an approachable DR solution.

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ASK DAVE: Q&A ON ORACLE LICENSING

Presenter: Dave Welch, CTO & Chief Evangelist; House of Brick
IOUG VMware SIG Webcast

[Download the Recording from VMware SIG Webpage]

Get your questions about Oracle licensing answered by Dave Welch, one of the world’s leading Oracle Licensing specialists.

LICENSING DATABASES ON VSPHERE WITH CONVERGED AND HYPERCONVERGED PLATFORMS

Presenter: Nathan Biggs, CEO; House of Brick

Discover the complexities of licensing database technologies such as Oracle, SQL Server and PostgreSQL on VMware, with particular emphasis on modern converged and hyper-converged platforms. It’s vital to ensure your virtual machines stay compliant with your database vendor’s license requirements. Join us to learn about the business and financial risks involved if you don’t have a solid plan in place for compliance, as well as explore strategies for controlling and/or reducing costs and limiting organizational risk.

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pNUMA & VNUMA… Save Your Large SQL Instances from Certain DoomA!

Presenters: Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect; House of Brick
Rob Girard, Technical Marketing Engineer; Tintri

There’s more to NUMA than physical boundaries in your server hardware. This session will dive deep into pNUMA & vNUMA settings within vSphere, Windows & SQL Server to aid you in getting the settings right to maximize performance. Rob & Shawn will have a group discussion session at VMworld, and this webcast will review highlights of that session, as well as present testing details that went into the lab work around NUMA and SQL.

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Virtualizing Databases to Consolidate Licenses and Reduce Costs

Presenters: Dave Welch, CTO & Chief Evangelist; House of Brick
Bill Tohtz, Chief Architect; Sayers

The prospect of virtualizing your business critical applications can raise concerns about security, availability, and control, because of the impact these applications have on your daily business processes. There are several benefits, however, to a database virtualization initiative.

Join Sayers and House of Brick to dive into the best practices for database virtualization to see how it can positively impact your business.

Straight Talk on Oracle on Vmware Licensing

Presenters: Dave Welch, CTO & Chief Evangelist; House of Brick
Daniel Hesselink, Managing Partner; License Consulting
Dan Young, Chief Data Architect; Indiana University

Don’t miss your chance to hear the straight talk about Oracle on VMware licensing from the world’s leading experts on the topic.

Many organizations that run, or plan to run, their Oracle Business Critical Applications on VMware virtualization do not understand that the Oracle contract is agnostic to VMware and how that translates to their infrastructure. We invite you to view this webinar for a frank presentation and conversation about Oracle on VMware licensing by the contract.

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GE Appliances and Lighting & House of Brick: Making Stretch DR Invisible to Oracle on Vmware Workloads

Presenters: Dave Welch, CTO & Chief Evangelist; House of Brick
James Saffer; General Electric

In this session, we expose the current GE Appliances strategic DR strategy and architecture with its core components NAS in VM, Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization networking layer, and vSphere Site Recovery Manager. We contrast GE Appliance & Lighting’s DR approach to traditional DR implementation requiring workload-level network enhancement and associated testing. We detail the DR networking simplification associated with software load balancing or no load balancing where possible. We discuss the handling of infrastructure-level services that are candidates for active/active configuration such as Active Directory, Exchange, SOA, and DNS.

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