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What's New in VMware vSphere 6 Performance

Not too be outdone by all the new and amazing vSphere 6 features, there are a number of scale and performance enhancements within the vSphere 6 platform that should be highlighted.
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VMworld 2015: Extreme Performance Series

Who loves virtual Performance? Who wants to learn more about it?

Everybody of course!

I'm very excited about this year's Extreme Performance Series mini-track being hosted at VMworld San Francisco and Barcelona. These sessions are created and presented by VMware's best and most distinguished performance engineers, architects and gurus. I've tried to provide my personal thoughts on each session but these few words will never do them justice. Hope too see you all there!

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Oracle on vSphere book - Tech Target Interview of Authors

Tech Target has completed and published an interview of the authors (Don Sullivan and Kannan Mani) of the Oracle on vSphere VMware press book.  The published interview is linked  below:

The official VMware press book and the definitive authority on the subject of Oracle on vSphere: http://www.amazon.com/Virtualizing-Oracle-Databases-vSphere-Technology/dp/0133570185 "Serious Databases Require Serious Virtualization"

-- Putting Oracle databases on a virtualized infrastructure - http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/feature/Putting-Oracle-databases-on-a-virtualized-infrastructure -- The perks to virtualizing Oracle on vSphere 6 - http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/feature/The-perks-to-virtualizing-Oracle-on-vSphere-6

Use VSAN Assessment to validate Virtual SAN's benefits for your organization

Are you experiencing challenges with your current vSphere storage environment (i.e., performance, capacity constraint, complexity, expensive renewals) or just not sure if VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) would be a good fit?

Now VMware partners, SEs, or reps can help you with a free VSAN Assessment.

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SIOC: I/O Distribution with Reservations & Limits – Basic Concepts

The mClock scheduler was introduced with vSphere 5.5 Storage I/O Control (SIOC) and laid the foundation for new capabilities for scheduling storage resources.  vSphere 6.0 expands upon these capabilities and adds the ability to reserve IOPS, providing even more flexibility and control when delivering storage services to virtual machines.  However, this new capability introduces new questions about how resources are managed and allocated during periods of storage contention.

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Custom certificate on the outside, VMware CA (VMCA) on the inside - Replacing vCenter 6.0’s SSL Certificate

A customer recently asked me “How do I replace the “external” SSL certificate of vCenter but still use VMCA in default mode?” Ever curious, I asked “Why?”. His security team required that any “externally” facing management web pages needed to have a custom certificate that chained up to the corporate PKI. But behind that, they were totally cool with using VMCA in default mode (with the self-generated root certificate) for things like ESXi servers and solution users.

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Apps-as-a-Service sub-section of the BCA homepage

A new section to the public facing Business Critical Applications Homepage was introduced last week.  It is called the "Applications-as-a-Service". The section will aggregate collateral from all applications that are considered to be mission critical but do not necessarily fit within the more established and well-known application and database categories such as Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.   We chose the title "apps-as-a-service" because so many of these applications that reside on the periphery of the mission critical space depend heavily on instant provisioning and subsequent reclaiming of resources.  The infrastructure flexibility that is required for High Performance Computing, Critical Big Data and Database-as-a-Service architectures is addressed perfectly by the platform of virtualized hardware known as vSphere.  Please stop by and read about how we are extending the classic definition and realm of BCA to include these modern applications that are so well suited for virtualized infrastructure.  http://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/applications-as-a-service/index.html

 

Creating a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.0

In this blog post we will go over the steps outlined in the VMware Knowledgebase article 2112009 for the creation Machine SSL and Solution User certificates in a Microsoft Certificate Authority (CA). The next blog on replacing the Machine SSL certificate will reference this blog.

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vSphere Business Continuity Webcast

Next up in the vSphere 6 Webcast Series is the very important topic of business continuity.  For many, business continuity equals business productivity and application downtime needs to be minimized or eliminated.  Learn how vSphere 6 reduces downtime for applications and maximizes productivity for businesses.  Matt Meyers will lead our discussion on availability and data protection.

This webcast will occur on Tuesday June 30 at 9am PST and there will be a team present to answer questions you may have.  Register today for the free live webcast.

Agile Big Data Webcast

We are adding a special webcast to the vSphere 6 Webcast series.

The next webcast will be on the topic of agile Big Data happening on June 23 at 9am PST.

Learn how vSphere 6 + Big Data Extensions 2.2 can help you build an agile Big Data platform.      Provision your Hadoop clusters faster, simplify configuration and management of your nodes, efficiently scale and utilize resource saving you time and money, all with no impact on performance.  Justin Murray, our Big Data guru, will be sharing his insights and answer any questions you may have.

Register for the free live event today!