Virtualizing Big Data at VMware IT – Starting Out at Small Scale

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The Hadoop-based system running on vSphere that is described here was architected by Rajit Saha, (who provided the material for this blog) and a team from VMware’s IT department. This article describes the technical infrastructure for a VMware internal IT project that was built and deployed in 2015 for analyzing VMware’s own business data.. Details Read more...

vCPU to pCPU Ratios – Are they still relevant?

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One question I’m commonly asked (aka weekly if not daily) is what are the perfect pCPU to vCPU ratios that I should plan for, and operate to, for maximum performance.  I wanted to document my perspective for easy future reference. The answer? There is no common ratio and in fact, this line of thinking will Read more...

Virtual Volumes for Database Backup and Recovery

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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 this post, we will examine in more detail how Virtual Volumes can improve the backup and recovery capabilities for business critical databases, specifically Oracle. The backups for Oracle can Read more...

What is vCenter Server Watchdog?

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If you’ve done any research into the high-availability options available for vCenter Server 6.0, hopefully you have had a chance to read the VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Availability Guide written in collaboration with Technical Marketing and Global Support Services as well as KB 1024051. And you might have noticed particular sections that refer to the vCenter Server Watchdog. Read more...

Architecting Virtual SAP HANA Using VMware Virtual Volumes And Hitachi Storage

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VMWorld Recap: SAP HANA and VMware Virtual Volumes This is a follow up to my earlier VMWorld blog; “Virtualizing SAP HANA Databases Greater Than-1TB On vSphere-5-5”, where I discussed SAP Multi-Temperature Data Management strategies and techniques which can significantly reduce the size and cost associated with SAP HANA’s in-memory footprint. This blog will focus on Read more...

Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS): Reference Architecture with VMware and Tintri

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Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is a real-world example of cloud computing that delivers databases and database applications through self-service portals without IT intervention. Providing multiple copies of relational database servers for testing and development is traditionally a complex operation that involves the combined efforts of multiple teams and the creation of custom scripts. Yet the ability to Read more...

Virtualizing SAP HANA Databases Greater than 1TB on vSphere 5.5

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VMWorld 2015 Session Recap I’m almost fully recovered from VMWorld, which was probably one of my busiest and most enjoyable VMWorld’s I’ve had in my 6 plus years at VMware because of the interaction with attendees, customers, and partners.  I’ll be doing a series of Post-VMWorld Blogs focused on my SAP HANA Software-Defined Data Centers Read more...

vSphere Content Library: distribute your content effortlessly

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More and more data is generated every day, and the same is true for “virtual” content, such as VM templates, vApps, ISO images, and scripts. The industry is paying more attention to how to streamline maintenance procedures, distribute the content, and deal with emergencies. Now, imagine that you work at the head office in San Read more...

vSphere 6 Web Client UI Deepdive – vMotion

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New series of vSphere Web Client UI Deepdives With vSphere 6 adoption going up, the new features are helping our customers manage their environments better than ever before.  vSphere Web Client is the most common way that these new features and enhancements are used, but sometimes the UI changes get lost in the discussion.  The Read more...