Demo – Dynamically Enforcing Security on a Hot Cloned SQL Server with VMware NSX

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VMware NSX is a software defined solution that brings the power of virtualization to network and security. There are many great papers about NSX in general: for example here & here and many others, the purpose of this demo is not to dive into everything that NSX does, Instead I have focused on one capability in particular and that is the intelligent grouping of NSX Service Read more...

Updated: Microsoft SQL Server on vSphere Best Practices Guide

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Microsoft SQL server is the most virtualized enterprise mission critical application today. In recent years it has become a mainstream effort among VMware customers to virtualize critical databases to allow better agility and scale while increasing availability and operational efficiency. This guide, now named “Architecting Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere – Best Practices Guide” to reflect its focus on Read more...

Hyper-threading doesn’t count for virtual SQL licensing

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There’s a fair bit of confusion around licensing SQL that is virtualized and I have been getting questions from customers about this for a long time now. The confusion comes from a few statements in the  Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Virtualization Licensing Guide guide which states: “For customers using Intel’s hyper-threading technology to split a single, physical core into Read more...