House of Brick Sessions

 August 25-29, 2019 | San Francisco


Breakout Sessions

Heard about Mars v. Oracle? Explore Oracle Audits with Experts and Attorneys [Session ID: BCA2290BU]
Monday, August 26, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Running Oracle on VMware offers significant benefits to customers worldwide. It also brings increased scrutiny from Oracle however, which may result in the heightened threat of an audit. House of Brick, who on any given day supports more than 50 clients running VMware against aggressive tactics from Oracle, and attorneys from Crowell & Moring, who represented Mars in the now famous Mars v. Oracle lawsuit, will offer insights learned from helping defend their clients during Oracle audits. Oracle audit best practices for VMware customers will also be explored using client examples. Architectural, operational, and organizational recommendations for preparing for an Oracle audit will also be shared. Finally, attendees will learn practical techniques they can use in their own organization to prepare for the possibility of an Oracle audit.

Nathan Biggs, CEO, House of Brick Technologies
Arthur (Art) Beeman , Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

Scottish Government Virtualizes Critical Legacy Apps in VMware Cloud on AWS [Session ID: BCA3199BU]
Tuesday, August 27, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Scotland’s Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate (ARE) desired to embrace a modern hybrid cloud strategy built around VMware technologies as their platform of the future. This was complicated by many mission-critical, legacy applications and Oracle databases, primarily on Solaris platforms, that were perceived to be impossible to virtualize or move to the cloud due to their dependence on legacy technologies such as the SPARC/Solaris platform, Oracle Database 10g, and Oracle APEX. House of Brick and ARE partnered to virtualize the legacy application stacks using VMware vSphere and leverage VMware HCX and VMware Cloud on AWS as a DR platform. Between the two, ARE proved that even the most stubborn legacy application can be a good fit for a hybrid cloud environment built on the strong technological foundations provided by VMware.

Nick Walter, Principal Architect, House of Brick Technologies
Neill Smith, Head of IT Infrastructure (ARE Directorate), Scottish Government

Licensing Oracle and SQL Server on vSphere [Session ID: BCA2533BU]
Tuesday, August 27, 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM

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

David Welch, Partner, CTO & Chief Evangelist
Scott Salyer, Director Global Systems Engineering Enablement, VMware

Finally—Shared VMDK Supporting SQL Server Without Those Pesky RDMs [Session ID: BCA2861BU]
Wednesday, August 28, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VMware now allows VMDKs to support SCSI3 reservations. This cloud-friendly enhancement allows you to do traditional SQL Server Failover Clusters (FCI) without RDMs or any other fancy technologies or understanding the underlying physical infrastructure. Simply share the same VMDK you have come to love between two VMs on hosts that have access to the same datastore, and you’re good to go. In this deep-dive session, we will crawl through performance testing to validate performance with shared VMDK compared to physical and standalone VMDKs. This session will walk you through how to configure SQL FCI with a shared VDMK, and provide best practices to optimize, protect, and monitor performance of VMs using shared VMDKs. This is a must-see for virtual SQL DBAs and virtual admins supporting SQL DBAs.

Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect
Rob Girard, Principal Technical Marketing Engineer, Tintri by DDN

Panel Discussions

SQL Server Workloads on VMware vSphere: Architecture Recommendations [Session ID: BCA1543PU]
Tuesday, August 27, 05:30 PM – 06:30 PM

This panel discussion will provide details and reference architectures for hosting different types of SQL Server workloads on VMware vSphere—combining vSphere High Availability features with SQL Server High Availability concepts, disaster recovery strategies, SQL Server workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS, and many more. You will have a unique opportunity to meet with leading SQL Server SMEs and MVPs to learn more about architecture of SQL Server workloads on VMware.

Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect (Panelist)

MEET the ExpErts Sessions

Successfully Navigating Oracle Audits for VMware Customers [Session ID: MTE 6070]
Tuesday 8/27/19 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM (Table 6)
Dave Welch

Understand Oracle Licensing Options for VMware Cloud on AWS [Session ID: MTE 6071]
Wednesday 8/28/19 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM (Table 6)
Nathan Biggs

HALF Day TutorialS

Microsoft SQL Server on VMware: Deep Dive and Performance Optimization [BCA2156TU]
Thursday, August 29, 10:30 AM – 03:00 PM

Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect, House of Brick Technologies
Oleg Ulyanov, Sr. Solutions Architect, Microsoft Applications, VMware

Architecting and Implementing Oracle Workloads on VMware Technologies [Session ID: BCA2171TU]
Thursday, Aug 29, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dave Welch, CTO & Chief Evangelist, will be presenting on Oracle Licensing for the closing 30 minutes of this session.


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