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New Architecture Guidelines and Best Practices for Deployments of SAP HANA on VMware vSphere Guide, now available!

I am happy to announce that after a very long review and publication cycle the “Architecture Guidelines and Best Practices for Deployments of SAP HANA on VMware vSphere Guide” is now published.

The guide can be downloaded from our central VMware SAP page.

Direct link to the document: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/whitepaper/sap_hana_on_vmware_vsphere_best_practices_guide-white-paper.pdf

The chapter on sizing tackles the complex subject getting HANA VM’s sized properly, and provides incredible value to the reader as it provides guidance that explains how to size beyond physical to virtual so your organization can get it right the first time, every time.

Building a virtual SAP HANA VM requires to know not only the needed RAM, but also the number of needed CPUs to support this RAM. Without this information, it is not possible to create a VM.

The sizing guidelines published in this guide follow the SAP currently requested CPU socket / CPU core to RAM ratios or, when available describe how to perform a SAPS sizing. Using these guideless will provide you with SAP supported VM configurations.

I will provide some additional sizing examples that focus on SAPS and vCPU sizing, in addition to the already provided “NUMA” node based sizing example. Please remember, primary sizing figure for SAP HANA is memory and CPU is second and a SAP HANA configuration is optimized to optimal memory performance with lowest latency.

Oracle on VMware Collateral – One Stop Shop

Here is a one stop shop for all collateral related to Oracle on VMware SDDC  for easy and quick access.

 

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The links also contains offline demos/videos (no audio) , uploaded to VMware TV on YouTube ,which users can subscribe to.

I will updating this blog as and when we add more Oracle collateral to the kitty.

 

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VMworld 2017 Oracle Customer Bootcamps
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On a mission to arm yourself with the latest knowledge and skills needed to master application virtualization?

VMworld bootcamps can get you in shape to lead the virtualization charge in your organization, with instructor-led demos and in-depth course work designed to put you in the ranks of the IT elite.

The Oracle on VMware vSphere Bootcamp will provide the attendee the opportunity to learn the essential skills necessary to run Oracle implementations on VMware vSphere. The best practices and optimal approaches to deployment, operation and management of Oracle database and application software will be presented by VMware expert Sudhir Balasubramanian who will be joined by other VMware and Industry Experts.

https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2017/05/vmworld-2017-oracle-customer-bootcamps.html

 

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A Comprehensive Authority for Oracle on VMware SDDC
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“Virtualize Oracle Business Critical Databases on VMware SDDC” – A Comprehensive Authority for Oracle DBA’s on the subject of Oracle & Linux on vSphere

MyBookThis book is a single source of information for an Oracle DBA to understand the benefits of virtualization and how to effectively deploy Oracle Databases on VMware’s SDDC platform. This book is targeted for DBAs looking at implementing Oracle on a virtualized infrastructure. Key topics include deployment, scaling, troubleshooting and performance tuning. The authors have spent a number of years focusing on virtualizing Tier-One high performance Oracle platforms. The authors include VMware VCPs, VMware vExperts as well as an Oracle ACE, Oracle ACE Director and hold certifications in the Oracle stack.

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Oracle Licensing on VMware
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Oracle fully supports the virtualization of Oracle databases on VMware. To augment Oracle’s support document, VMware also has a total ownership policy for customers with Oracle issues.

VMware Support will accept accountability for any Oracle-related issue reported by a customer. By being accountable, VMware Support will drive the issue to resolution regardless of which vendor (VMware, Oracle or others) is responsible for the resolution

VMware Oracle Support provides customers the following new advantages as part of the existing Support and Subscription contract at no additional charge:

  • Total ownership of Oracle Database technical issues reported to VMware Support

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/oracle/VMware-Oracle-Support-Affirmation.pdf

  • Access to a team of Oracle DBA resources within VMware Support to troubleshoot related to Oracle Databases used as a data store or run within a VM
  • Performance tuning and best practices related to Oracle Database used as a data store or run within a VM
  • Faster resolution of technical issues in VMware environments via a TSANet collaborative support arrangement between VMware Support and Oracle Support

tsanet1      tsanet2

 

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More details can be found at the url below

https://www.vmware.com/support/policies/oracle-support.html

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Oracle Licensing on VMware vSAN
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Oracle licensing DOES NOT change from a licensing perspective, whether you run Oracle workloads on a classic vSphere environment or Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solution like vSAN

http://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2017/01/oracle-vmware-vsan-dispelling-licensing-myths.html

https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2017/06/oracle-vmware-vsphere-vsan-preparing-oracle-audit.html

https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2017/06/oracle-vmware-vsphere-vsan-asks-oracles.html

https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2017/01/04/licensing-applications-vsan/

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Oracle Licensing Collaterals
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Oracle on vSphere Certification, Support and Licensing Guide 2017
http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/whitepaper/solutions/oracle/understanding_oracle_certification_support_licensing_vmware_environments-white-paper.pdf

Support Position for Oracle Products Running on VMWare Virtualized Environments (Doc ID 249212.1)
For Oracle RAC, Oracle will only accept Service Requests as described in this note on Oracle RAC 11.2.0.2 and later releases

“The Empowered Database: Database Trends and Applications – 2016 Oracle on vSphere Usage Survey”
http://www.dbta.com/DBTA-Downloads/ResearchReports/THE-EMPOWERED-DATABASE-2016-ENTERPRISE-PLATFORM-DECISIONS-SURVEY-6662.aspx

The VMW-DellEMC microsite with all jointly developed Oracle & SQL Server collateral
http://www.dbta.com/emc

Straight Talk on Oracle on vSphere Licensing webinar
http://www.dbta.com/Webinars/Details.aspx?EventID=933&src=emc1

Scheduler operation when using CPU Affinity (2145719)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2145719

Licensing Databases on EMC and VMware Technology
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere-new/2016/08/new-database-licensing-white-paper-house-brick.html

http://houseofbrick.com/whitepaper-database-licensing

LogInsight Dash Board for License Compliance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHcT4xDyONc

License Consulting Video
http://www.licenseconsulting.eu/2012/08/29/vmworld-richard-garsthagen-oracle-on-licensing-vmware-virtualized-environments/
http://www.licenseconsulting.eu/oracle-risk-mitigation

Virtualizing Oracle – Caging the Licensing Dragon (Daniel Hesselink and Judy K (Lawyer)
http://t.co/2KmUc4ZB

Hardware Certification List for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
http://linux.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=117:1:0::NO:RP::

IOUG Survey
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/oracle/VMware-The-Empowered-Database-2014-IOUG-Platform-Decisions-Survey-Report.pdf

Log rotation and logging options for vmware.log (8182749)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=8182749

 

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Oracle Licensing Case Study
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Mars v/s Oracle – The Face off
http://houseofbrick.com/mars-vs-oracle/
http://www.licenseconsulting.eu/mars-vs-oracle-lawsuit-vmware-virtualization/

 

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Oracle Performance on VMware Guides
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Oracle on vSphere white papers including best practices, RAC deployment guides, workload characterization guide can be found on the Oracle landing page below.
http://www.vmware.com/solutions/business-critical-apps/oracle-virtualization.html

Oracle Databases on VMware – Best Practices Guide
https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/solutions/vmware-oracle-databases-on-vmware-best-practices-guide.pdf
https://www.vmware.com/solutions/business-critical-apps/oracle-virtualization.html

End of General Support for vSphere 5.0 and vSphere 5.1 (2145103)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2145103

Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere
http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmware-perfbest-practices-vsphere6-0-white-paper.pdf
https://www.vmware.com/pdf/Perf_Best_Practices_vSphere5.5.pdf

Best Practices for Performance Tuning of Latency-Sensitive Workloads in vSphere VMs
http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmw-tuning-latency-sensitive-workloads-white-paper.pdf

Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5
http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/latency-sensitive-perf-vsphere55-white-paper.pdf

Virtualizing Performance-Critical Database Applications in VMware vSphere 6.0
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vsphere/vmware-database-apps-perf-vsphere6.pdf

Oracle 12c and vSphere 6.0 Monster VM
https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vsphere6-oracle-perf.pdf

Oracle Monster Virtual Machine Performance on vSphere 6.5
http://www.vmware.com/techpapers/2017/vsphere65-oracle-monster-vm-perf.html

Accelerating Virtualized Oracle 12c performance with vSphere 5.5 Advanced features Flash Read Cache and vMotion
http://principledtechnologies.com/vmware/vFRC_Oracle_12c_0414.pdf

Tuning Queues
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2015/07/queues-queues-queues-2.html

VMware Communities: Interpreting esxtop Statistics
http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9279

 

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Oracle RAC
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Oracle RAC  on VMware Deployment guide
http://www.vmware.com/solutions/business-critical-apps/oracle-virtualization.html

Multi-writer Flag KB (1034165)
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1034165

Setting Multi Writer Flag for Oracle RAC on vSphere using Power Cli
https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-24873
http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2015/10/new-method-of-enabling-multiwriter-vmdk-flag-in-vsphere-6-0-update-1.html

https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2013/10/setting-multi-writer-flag-for-oracle-rac-on-vsphere-without-any-downtime.html#more-864

Using Oracle RAC on vSphere 6.x VSAN Datastore (2121181)
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2121181

Shared RDM in Physical/Virtual Compatibility mode for Oracle RAC
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2017/08/rdm-oracle-rac-not-question.html

Oracle RAC and vSphere 5.1 vMotion
http://www.principledtechnologies.com/VMware/vMotion_Oracle_RAC_1013.pdf

Performance Study of Oracle RAC on VMware vSphere 5.0
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/OracleRAC-perf-vSphere5.pdf

Oracle 12c RAC Performance on vSphere 5 and EMC
http://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h23606-emc-vnx-scaling-performance-oracle-12c.pdf

EBusiness Suite on Oracle / Oracle RAC on VMware
http://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h8124-oracle-e-business-unified-storage-vmware-wp.pdf
http://www.emc.com/collateral/software/white-papers/h7270-rapid-deployment-scale-out-oracle-wp.pdf
http://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h5896-oracle-ebiz-suite-dr-vmware-srm-clariion-wp.pdf
http://www.vce.com/asset/documents/oracle-ebs-migration-refarch.pdf

Oracle RAC Virtualization Technical Case Study – VMware IT
http://vmware.roinnovation.com/v2/DisplayDocumentShell.aspx?p=StreamDocumentDepotRV&id=12%2097C93A6AC&i=68748&po=69692

Extended Oracle RAC on vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Storage Virtualization
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2015/10/oracle-vmware-and-extended-distance-oracle-real-application-clusters-on-vsphere-metro-storage-cluster.html

EMC vPLEX , VNX & vSphere Metro Storage Cluster
https://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h11225-VNX-VPLEX-use-cases-wp.pdf

Oracle 11gR2 4 Node RAC vMotion operation with Swingbench
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncm1QGfDCRc&list=PLCED9FDF31C7C0562

Virtualizing Oracle RAC – Offline Demo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mASWP3kSl08

 

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Third Party Clustering Technologies on vSphere
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1. Symantec Storage Foundation High Availability 6.x in guest storage, high availability, and disaster recovery support (Partner Verified and Supported) (2046035)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2046035

2. What configuration does InfoScale support when simultaneous write protection is disabled?
https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.000107217/

3. InfoScale support for SCSI Bus Sharing configurations and VMware vMotion
https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.000107751/

4. Storage Foundation Cluster File System HA on VMware VMDK Deployment Guide
https://vox.veritas.com/t5/Articles/Storage-Foundation-Cluster-File-System-HA-on-VMware-VMDK/ta-p/812973

 

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Red Hat
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1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 High Availability Add-On Overview
https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/7/html-single/High_Availability_Add-On_Overview/index.html

2. Support Policies for RHEL High Availability Clusters – Virtualization Platforms
https://access.redhat.com/articles/29440/

3. How to configure VMware fencing using fence_vmware_soap in Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add On?
https://access.redhat.com/solutions/68064

4. Are VMware VMDK disk images a supported shared storage method in Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Cluster?
https://access.redhat.com/solutions/158873

5. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Configuration Example – Oracle HA on Cluster Suite
https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/5/html/Configuration_Example_-_Oracle_HA_on_Cluster_Suite/

6. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Cluster, High Availability, and GFS Deployment Recommended Practices
https://access.redhat.com/articles/40051

7. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Configuring the Red Hat High Availability Add-On with Pacemaker
https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/6/html-single/Configuring_the_Red_Hat_High_Availability_Add-On_with_Pacemaker/index.html

 

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Oracle Data Guard and VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
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Architecting Oracle Database DR Solution on vSphere 5 With Data Guard and SRM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-xgPniaFao&list=PLCED9FDF31C7C0562

 

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Oracle on VMware VSAN Hybrid
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White Paper
https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmware-oracle-real-application-clusters-on-virtual-san-reference-architecture.pdf

Blog
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2015/12/oracle-real-application-clusters-on-vmware-virtual-san.html
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2015/12/10/oracle-real-application-clusters-on-vmware-virtual-san

Demo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWNbn2radiQ&list=PLCED9FDF31C7C0562

 

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Oracle on VMware VSAN SAN All Flash
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Oracle Database 12c on VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 All-Flash

White Paper
http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/products/vsan/oracle-database-12c-on-vmware-virtual-san-6.2-all-flash.pdf

Blog
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2016/08/oracle-12c-oltp-dss-workloads-flash-virtual-san-6-2.html

Oracle Database 12c on VMware VSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management

White Paper
https://storagehub.vmware.com/#!/vmware-vsan/oracle-database-12c-on-vmware-vsan-day-2-operations-and-management-1

Oracle U2VL with Virtual SAN and the batch processing use case
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/02/03/oracle-u2vl-with-virtual-san-and-the-batch-processing-use-case

 

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Oracle on VMware VSAN Other Collaterals
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Other Oracle on VSAN Collateral
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/?s=oracle
http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san/resources.html
https://storagehub.vmware.com/#!/vmware-vsan

vSAN sizing guides for Business Critical Applications
https://storagehub.vmware.com/#!/vmware-vsan/vmware-r-virtual-san-tm-design-and-sizing-guide

VMware VSAN Demos
https://storagehub.vmware.com/#!/vmware-vsan/vmware-vsan-demonstrations

Case Study
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/customers/vmware-cloud-carib-15q4-cs-en.pdf?src=WWW_customers_vmware-cloud-carib-15q4-cs-en.pdf
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/customers/VMware-UnionHospital-15Q2-CS-EN.pdf?src=WWW_customers_VMware-UnionHospital-15Q2-CS-EN.pdf
https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/casestudy/vmware-union-hospital-15q2-casestudy-en.pdf

 

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Oracle on VMware Virtual Volumes (vVOL)
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White Paper
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vvol/vmware-oracle-on-virtual-volumes.pdf
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/resources

Blog
Virtual Volumes: A game changer for operations of virtualized business critical databases
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2015/10/virtual-volumes-a-game-changer-for-operations-of-virtualized-business-critical-databases.html#more-1325

https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2015/10/06/virtual-volumes-a-game-changer-for-operations-of-virtualized-business-critical-databases

VMworld 2015 session recording (VVOLs for Business Critical Oracle Databases)
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/07/28/vvols-reloaded-game-changer-for-tier-1-business-critical-databases

Demo

EMC VVOL
http://www.emc.com/collateral/technical-documentation/h14638-virtual-volumes-oracle-vmax3-sg.pdf

Using VMware Virtual Volumes with EMC VMAX3 and VMAX All Flash
https://www.emc.com/collateral/white-papers/h14576-vmware-virtual-volumes-emc-vmax3-vmax-all-flash.pdf

VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes on Hitachi VSP Family and HNAS
https://www.hds.com/en-us/pdf/white-paper/vmware-vsphere-vvols-on-hitachi-vsp-g1000.pdf

Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HPE 3PAR StoreServ
https://www.hpe.com/h20195/v2/getpdf.aspx/4AA5-6907ENW.pdf

Operation Guide for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes – Fujitsu
http://software.fujitsu.com/jp/manual/manualfiles/m150005/b1fw6020/01enz201/b1fw-6020-01enz0.pdf

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Oracle & VMware NSX
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Demo – Extended Oracle RAC across sites with VMware NSX
http://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2016/09/demo-extended-oracle-rac-across-sites-vmware-nsx.html

 

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Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS)
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Virtual LiVefire Solutions Oracle RAC-as-a-Service
https://www.dropbox.com/s/50yza6hiy9gp02x/Virtual%20LiVefire%20Solutions%20%20Oracle%20RAC-as-a-Service-20160713%200305-1.mp4?dl=0

Demo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQvAWhLzM4E&list=PLCED9FDF31C7C0562

Accelerating Database-as-a-Service(DBaaS) with VMware vRealize Automation and EMC XtremIO All-Flash Array
https://www.emc.com/video-collateral/demos/microsites/mediaplayer-video/accelerating-database-service-vmware-vrealize-automation-xtremio-all-flash-array.htm

DBaaS at EMC using vRealize Suite
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/customers/VMware-EMC-CaseStudy.pdf?src=WWW_customers_VMware-EMC-CaseStudy.pdf

Deploying Database-as-a-Service with Pure Storage and VMware
https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/partners/DBaaS-White-Paper-PureStorage-VMware-VLSS.pdf

Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) Reference Architecture with VMware and Tintri
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/files/2015/10/VLSS-Tintri-DBaaS-v2.pdf

Enabling Oracle EM12c-­‐based Database-­‐as-­‐a-­‐Service on VMware with the Blue Medora Plugin for VMware
https://community.emc.com/servlet/JiveServlet/previewBody/34701-102-1-109942/Blue%20Medora%20-20Oracle%20DBaaS%20on%20VMware%20Overview.pdf

DBaaS with Oracle 12c, EMC ExtremeIO and VMware (vCAC)
http://www.principledtechnologies.com/vmware/vCAC_DBaaS_0914.pdf

 

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VMware Unix to Linux
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https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/02/03/oracle-u2vl-with-virtual-san-and-the-batch-processing-use-case/

Interested in the vSphere Unix to Linux Migration Service ? Contact U2Vl@vmware.com for more information

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VMware Online Documentation
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http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-65/index.jsp

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/index.jsp

https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-55/index.jsp

 

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Important KB Articles
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Linux 2.6 kernel-based virtual machines experience slow disk I/O performance (2011861)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2011861

PVSCI/vmdk lun queue depth
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2053145

Low throughput for UDP workloads on Windows virtual machines (2040065)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2040065

Virtual machine performance degrades while a vMotion is being performed (2007595)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2007595

Understanding and troubleshooting vMotion (1003734)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003734

A snapshot removal can stop a virtual machine for long time (1002836)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1002836

Disabling Time Synchronization (1189)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1189

RSS and multiqueue support in Linux driver for VMXNET3 (2020567)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&externalId=2020567

Poor network performance or high network latency on Windows virtual machines (2008925)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2008925
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2061598

Virtual machine performance degrades while a vMotion is being performed (2007595)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2007595

Quiescing Oracle Database on Windows for Backup with VMware VDPA
https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2013/03/quiescing-oracle-db-windows-vdpa.html

VMFS v/w RDM
http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmfs_rdm_perf.pdf

Performance Characterization of VMFS and RDM Using a SAN
http://www.vmware.com/techpapers/2008/performance-characterization-of-vmfs-and-rdm-using-1040.html

Troubleshooting migration compatibility error: Device is a SCSI controller engaged in bus-sharing (1003797)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003797

 

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Miscellaneous
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Oracle VM – 4x More Marketing, 4x Fewer Substantiated Facts
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2012/04/oracle-vm-4x-more-marketing-4x-less-substantiated-facts.html

Consolidating Mixed-Workloads with Agile All-Flash Private Clouds : VMware & XTREMIO
Virtualization for MySQL on VMware: Best Practices and Performance Guide

Exadata v/s vBlock
https://community.emc.com/thread/125829?tstart=0
http://houseofbrick.com/exadata-vs-vblock-a-case-study

 

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User Groups
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Oracle User Group Community Portal
http://www.iouc.org/

VMware User GroupConnect, Learn, Grow and Share as a VMUG Member

The VMware User Group (VMUG) is an independent, global, customer-led organization, created to maximize members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration and events.

Join today to connect with the community and take advantage of all of the benefits of a free VMUG membership.

https://www.vmug.com/

Oracle on VMware vSphere & vSAN – Dispelling the Licensing myths

Introduction to VMware vSphere & vSAN

Some key things to keep in mind when we talk about VMware vSphere Platform , ESXi hypervisor and vSAN:

  • VMware vSphere is a platform of virtualized hardware that creates a total abstraction layer between the O/S and the Hardware
  • ESXi, is a non-Para virtualized, Type1 hypervisor and therefore makes no changes to the kernel of the guest operating system
  • VMware vSAN , the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solution,  in no  way changes the location of where compute runs, and hence does not directly impact the licensing impact of any CPU Core or Socket based licensing

Oracle Licensing Myths

There are myths floating around that

  • Oracle Licensing requires licensing every vSphere host attached to a given vCenter
  • Oracle licensing requires licensing every Site connected to the Primary site where the Oracle workloads primarily resides

These myths are perpetuated by overzealous licensing and sales teams which is in contrast of the reality of the actual Contractually Impactful documents.

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