Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5 – Hypervisor Assurance

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I’ve talked about how vSphere has been moving towards a “secure by default” stance over the past few years. This can clearly be seen in the new vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide where the number of  “hardening” steps are growing smaller with every release. In this blog post we will go over another “secure by Read more...

Planning Highly Available, Mission Critical SQL Server Deployments with VMware vSphere

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The VMware Experts Database program (MS SQL Server and Oracle editions) invites the specially selected industry Experts to contribute to the breath of VMware industry knowledge by presenting sessions at VMware events to and developing white papers. Often these papers are commissioned by VMware (sometimes jointly with other partners) and in this case partial funding Read more...

Why the Data Scientist and Data Engineer Need to Understand Virtualization in the Cloud

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More and more application workloads are moving to the different cloud platforms, whether they be public, private or hybrid clouds. Big data and analytics application workloads are on the move too. It is important that the data science/data engineering users of big data platforms and analytics applications gain a good understanding of the infrastructure in these clouds Read more...

VMware vSphere CPU-Affinity NEW KB

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The definition and understanding of the technology of what is often referred to as “CPU Pinning” or more precisely “CPU Affinity” has been both distorted and confused over the last decade.  This new Knowledge Base Article serves to clarify those distortions and misunderstandings.  This is particularly important now because the desire on the part of Read more...

NEW – Oracle on vSphere Best Practices Guide

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The long awaited update to the Oracle on vSphere Best Practices Guide is now available.  Sudhir Balasubramanian and colleagues have completed the  extensive project to update the classic doc for both Oracle and VMware versions.  In this doc you will find references to many new features, approaches and architectural concepts to include Oracle 12c, VSAN Read more...