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Special Content Track at VMworld 2012 Addresses Business Critical Applications

Authored by Stacey Meston, Sr. Manager Enterprise Programs

Business-critical ap­plications are at the heart of an organiza­tion; their performance, availability, and reliability are so vital to the success of the business. As a result, organizations can be especially cautious about changing an application platform when that application is core to the revenue generation or operational performance of a business.

Regardless, organizations are being driven forward by a business environment that demands ever-greater agility, availability, and stability—all while reducing risk and cost. This comes at a time when the key objections to moving forward on virtualizing business-critical application landscape—performance, security risk, and ROI—have eroded in the face of current facts.

Register for VMworld 2012 where you can attend a specialized content track aimed solely at virtualizing business critical applications such as Oracle, SAP, SQL, Exchange and Java.  Learn how other companies are virtualizing these applications, sharing best practices without compromising availability and quality of service.

Session ID Title
APP-BCA1213 Virtualizing SAP at Joanna Fabrics; Big Iron to x86
APP-BCA1247 Virtualizing Monster Java Apps at Cardinal Health
APP-BCA1270 Virtualizing Oracle Database from Big Iron with Near-zero Downtime
APP-BCA1311 Virtualizing SAP Best Practices and Design Guidelines
APP-BCA1333 Virtualizing Oracle RAC; Why and How
APP-BCA1344 Virtualizing Oracle for Disaster Recovery with Data Guard and SRM
APP-BCA1373 Virtualizing Active Directory Best Practices
APP-BCA1432 Virtualizing Oracle Across the World — Success Stories from Univ. of Auckland and Indiana Univ.
APP-BCA1516 Virtualizing SQL 2012 : Doing It Right
APP-BCA1530 Virtualizing Highly Available SQL Servers
APP-BCA1573 Virtualizing Oracle Weblogic Applications Best Practices
APP-BCA1684 Virtualizing Exchange Best Practices
APP-BCA1695 Optimizing Virtual Infrastructure for Business Critical Apps
APP-BCA1751 Virtualizing Oracle to Reduce Licensing Costs
APP-BCA2053 Virtualizing SQL 2012 and Exchange 2010 at General Mills
APP-BCA2930 Virtualizing SharePoint Best Practices
APP-BCA1624 Virtualizing Oracle:  An Architectural and Performance Deep Dive


Think You Can’t Run Oracle on vSphere?; Listen to What Our Customers are Saying

I still hear about too many IT managers delaying the virtualization of their tier 1 Business critical databases because of the misperception  surrounding running Oracle on vSphere. My advice to these managers is stop listening to the noise  and start listing to VMware’s customers success stories because that’s all that really matters.

Check out the white paper I co-authored with NetApp’s Steve Schuettinger entitled; “Running Business Critical Application on Oracle RAC, VMware, and NetApp.” We discuss, in detail, Green Mountain Power’s  virtualization of their Oracle Enterprise Infrastructure.  Although we focus on the database tier in this paper, Green Mountain Power also virtualized the Oracle Utility Suite, Fusion Middleware, WebLogic, and the Oracle Business Intelligence.

Still not convinced? Check out a session at VMworld San Francisco entitled “A Customer Success Story: Running Business Critical Oracle Enterprise Applications and Oracle Real Application Clusters on vSphere.” on Thursday August 30th at 10:30am (Session ID is PAR3379).  Come hear from Green Mountain Power’s Mark Dincecco, Director of Information Technology; Paula Fortin, Senior Enterprise Systems Administrator; and Nayab Saiyed Enterprise Database Architect as they  discuss how they went from nearly 0% virtualized to about 70% virtualization in less than a year. Also hear how Green Mountain Power kept their virtual infrastructure 100% available during Hurricane Irene and suffered no data loss.

Lastly, many of our customers are just tired of the inaccurate information  and are looking for the facts & proof. . If you are among them,  I encourage you to read my blog; SAP-Sybase Makes Running Business Critical Databases on vSphere Hassle Free. SAP-Sybase has never asked its customers to reproduce on physical, performance matches that of native, and offer unquestioned support for databases running on vSphere.

Bob Goldsand,

VMware Alliances Partner Architect