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...

Platform Services Controller Topology Decision Tree

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UPDATE 8/12/2016 I’ve updated this post with an actual poster. See the PDF at the bottom of the post which can be printed at full size (24 in x 36 in). Emad and I will also have printed copies at VMworld US & EMEA. There have been several common themes recently when we’ve been talking Read more...

Top Ten things to consider when moving Business Critical Applications (BCA) to the Cloud (Part 2 of 3)

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In the first part we looked at public, private and Hybrid Cloud and their characteristics. In this part we will look at the common characteristics of business critical applications. We will also look at how some of these characteristics relate to the different types of Cloud infrastructure. Common Characteristics of Business Critical Applications (BCA): Business critical Read more...

Maintenance Mode Improvements in vSphere 6.0 Update 2

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vSphere 6.0 Update 2 has launched and with it comes a very simple change with the way that VMs and Templates are evacuated from hosts that enter Maintenance Mode. In all prior versions, when a host enters Maintenance Mode, DRS will evacuate the host by placing all the running VMs, powered off VMs, and the Read more...

Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management for Databases

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In the first part of this series we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In the second part of this series we examined in more detail how Virtual Volumes can improve the backup and recovery capabilities for business critical databases, specifically Oracle .In the Read more...

DRS Keeps Admins Happy

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DRS is not just about keeping VMs happy.  DRS has many other operational benefits that keep your admins happy too. Let’s dive into the top ways that DRS makes the day in the life so much better for the vSphere admin. Read more...

Eight Myths about Virtualizing Hadoop Dispelled

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This article takes eight common misperceptions about virtualizing Hadoop and explains why they are errors in people’s understanding. The short explanations given should serve to clear up the understanding about these important topics. Myth #1: Virtualization may add significant performance overhead to a Hadoop cluster. This is a common question from users who are in the Read more...