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One Day Tutorial on VMware Performance Tuning and Monitoring for ESX

Heads up for those interested in understanding VMware performance in more details — I’m running my performance and tuning of VMware ESX server class at Usenix LISA again this November in San Diego.   The session is on Friday, November 14, and is an all-day class.

Given our obsession with things that go fast, the track code "F1" is most appropriate 😉

Who should attend:
Anyone who is involved in planning or deploying virtualization on
VMware ESX and wants to understand the performance characteristics of
applications in a virtualized environment.

We will walk through the implications to performance and capacity
planning in a virtualized world to learn about how to achieve best
performance in a VMware ESX enviroment.


Take back to work: How to plan, understand, characterize, diagnose, and tune for best application performance on  VMware ESX.

Topics include:

    • Introduction to virtualization
    • Understanding different hardware acceleration techniques for virtualization
    • Diagnosing performance using VMware performance tools, including esxtop
    • Diagnosing performance using guest OS tools in a virtual environment
    • Practical limits and overheads for virtualization
    • Storage performance
    • Network throughput and options
    • Using Virtual-SMP
    • Guest Operating System Types
    • Understanding the characteristics of key applications, including Oracle, MS SQLserver, and MS Exchange
    • Capacity planning techniques

Sign-up is via the Usenix registration site.

Please comment if you have additional ideas and topics that you want to have covered, and I’ll do my best to incorporate them into the content.

I’ll post further updates in my blog


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Richard McDougall

About Richard McDougall

Richard McDougall is the Big Data and Storage Chief Scientist at VMware. He is working on advanced development and analytics for core vSphere storage and application storage services, including Big Data, Hadoop. Prior, as the Chief Performance architect Richard drove the performance strategy and initiatives to enable virtualization of high-end mission critical applications on VMware products. Prior to joining VMware, Richard was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. During his 14 years at Sun, he was responsible for driving high performance and scalability initiatives for Solaris and key applications on the Sun platform. He served on the central software platform architecture review committee, and also drove the early resource management initiatives for Solaris. Recognized as an operating system and performance expert, he developed several technologies for the Solaris operating system and co-authored several books—including “Solaris Resource Management”, “Solaris Internals” and “Solaris Performance and Tools”. Richard holds several patents in the area of performance instrumentation, algorithms and distributed file system technologies.

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