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Crash consistent backups and database cloning with Virtual Volumes

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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. The backups Read more...

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...

Updating to VMware Tools 10 – Must Read

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2017 UPDATE: A more recent article is now available with the latest information on VMware Tools lifecycle management. In September we announced that VMware Tools 10.0.0 Released and that VMware is now shipping VMware tools outside of the vSphere releases. Since then, we have received a lot of feedback from the community, customers, and internal 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...

Oracle Open World 2015 Collateral – Capstone and Beyond

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VMware is sponsoring Oracle Open World in San Francisco at the Mosconi Center starting Oct 26th.  The following collateral will be of interest to all those attending OOW as well as any 2015-16 Oracle conference who are interested in VMware: VMware Business Critical Applications website – Oracle Section: http://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/oracle-virtualization/index.html Project Capstone: http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2015/08/vmworld-us-2015-spotlight-session-project-capstone-a-collaboration-between-vmw-hp-ibm-no-application-left-behind.html The official VMware 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...