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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.