VMware Expert Database Workshop Program Oracle Edition – Day 3

Day 3 kicked off again with another early start at 7am, yawn 🙂

Again, it was a very intense day, with lots of presentations and then ending with video interviews of each attendee:

  • Dean Bolton from VLSS, talked to us about “License Fortress from VLSS”
    • Very interesting product, where VLSS can advise you how to run your Oracle on VMware, then protect you from Oracle with the License Fortress guarantee, that has lawyers ready to defend you in case of license compliance backed by an insurance policy if required.  So the customer is never at risk when they take out the “License Fortress from VLSS”.
    • Plug for my current employer who also offer License Audit Consulting.
  • Chris Rohan from VMware, talked to us about “VMware vSphere Core & SDDC – Networking – NSX & VCNS”
  • Marcus Thordal from Brocade, talked to us about “Brocade and VMware Technology and the VMware Solutions Lab”
    • Interestingly Brocade have worked out a way to tag network packets, so you can identify which VM guest is causing network traffic
    • Also had a good example of how NVMe is causing need to higher network bandwidth
  • Simon Guyennet from VMware, talked to us about “Emerging Products” & “VMware Integrated Containers and Oracle”
    • Lot of NDA stuff, so those interested in this area, keep a look out, some interesting stuff coming soon 🙂
  • Mike Adams from VMware, talked to us about “The CPBU, vSphere and Friends, and the Experts Program”
    • Key take away that was not NDA, is VMware on AWS that is currently available to select customers and will be Generally Available soon 🙂
  • Somu Rajarathinam and Ron Ekins from Pure Storage gave a Technical Session
  • Feidhlim O’Leary from VMware, talked to us about “High Availability and Disaster Recovery in the SDDC”
  • Alain Geenrits from Blue Medora, talked to us about “Management & Monitoring – Blue Medora and Oracle on vSphere”
  • Daniel Hesselink from License Consulting, talked to us about “License Audit with License Consulting”
  • The duo Sudhir Balasubramanian and Mohan Potheri, talked to us about “vSphere HA or Oracle RAC, SRM or Data Guard, they are all complimentary when Oracle is run in the SDDC”
    • I enjoyed the labs from this duo, with their “good cop, bad cop” style 🙂

The workshop ended with a short video interview, where we were each asked to introduce ourselves, answer a few questions about the workshop and Pure Storage.  I’m not the best at this sort of things, so I don’t think I’ll end up in the marketing video of the event, but time will tell 🙂

My OCM buddy Yvonne Murphy, then gave a few of us an extended tour of the Global Support Services (GSS) whilst we waited for the shuttle back to the hotel.

Then it was a quick chauffeured ride to the airport and a short flight back home to Manchester.

Another great day that concluded the workshop, it increased my knowledge of VMware and gave me a great opportunity to network with Oracle Database Experts from around Europe 🙂

Many thanks to VMware and Pure Storage for organising this workshop and allowing me to be a part of it 🙂

My tweets for the day can be seen here.

The VMware Expert Database Workshop Program hashtag is #VMWORA

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VMware Expert Database Workshop Program Oracle Edition – Day 2

Day 2 kicked off again with another early start at 7am, coupled with the late night, I was a bit tired to say the least, but was all worth it 🙂

Again, it was a very intense day, with lots of presentations and technical deep dives, ending with a lab session:

  • My OCM buddy Yvonne Murphy, kicked the day off by talking to us about “The Best Oracle Support Team on Earth – Global Support Services Oracle Team”
  • Dave Welch, House of Brick, talked to us about “Oracle on vSphere Licensing”
    • Some interesting Oracle license cases of which the main one discussed is available here
  • Jad El-Zein, talked to us about “vRealizeAutomation and Oracle”
  • Andreas Scherr, talked to us about “vSphere Core Storage Fundamentals” & “Modern Converged Storage, & vSAN & vVols”
    • I was impressed with the vSAN concept of using spare drive bays in an ESXi host to put a Hard Disks or SSD Drives in and/or using spare PCIe slots to put a Flash Cards in (including NVMe 🙂 )
    • Then these server attached storage devices are pooled together to provide a shared Datastore that has resilience built in using software rather then hardware 🙂
    • Can be all flash or hybird but each ESXi needs a cache device i.e. SSD Drive or Flash Card
    • More info can be found here
  • Valentin Bondzio, gave us an very enjoyable deep dive on CPU usage in Virtual Environment and how to troubleshoot 🙂
  • We then finished the day with a lab session with Sudhir Bala and Mohan Potheri, where we got to for example:
    • Create a Virtual Hard Drive
    • Attach an Existing Virtual Hard Drive (useful for RAC clusters 🙂 )
    • Then we played a game to stress test a Pure Storage, however I could only get 2Gb a second using 10 sessions running a parallel query of 10 on the largest object in the database.  This is not because the Pure Storage but because of I/O queue in the VMware stack, which we didn’t get time to change but highlight the point 🙂

Another great day of the 3 days workshop, in which I got to gain even more new knowledge in regards to VMware, in particular CPU usage and vSAN 🙂

The day ended with a meal and drinks at The Oliver Plunkett, more socialising with Johannes AhrendsRon EkinsFrits HooglandTim Hall and Mohan Potheri.  Then a nice walk back to the hotel with Mohan PotheriJohannes Ahrends and Martin Klier.  It’s a small world as I found Martin Klier and I had overlap with some customers and people 🙂  The socialising then continued in the reception lounge with Carl Dudley, Ron EkinsFrits Hoogland and Tim Hall.

Many thanks to VMware and Pure Storage, I’m looking forward to the rest of the workshop 🙂

My tweets for the day can be seen here.

The VMware Expert Database Workshop Program hashtag is #VMWORA

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VMware Expert Database Workshop Program Oracle Edition – Day 1

The journey began with a 9pm flight from Manchester to Cork, I was then picked up by a chauffeur in an S Class Mercedes along with Jan-Peter courtesy of VMware 🙂

We arrived at the posh The Kingsley Hotel at 11:00pm, where Carl Dudley, Ron EkinsFrits Hoogland and Tim Hall were still in the reception lounge having discussions about Cloud, Storage amongst other topics.  So Jan-Peter and myself joined in until midnight.

The next morning was an early start with a 7am private shuttle ride to VMware Campus in Ballincollig.

It was a very intense day, with lots of presentations, technical deep dives and labs:

  • Mike Corey recapped ‘The Basics of vSphere’
  • Karen Egan VP Support, gave an overview of Global Support Center (GSC) EMEA
  • Then a few presentations from the sponsor Pure Storage regarding their Flash offerings from Carl McQuillanSomu Rajarathinam and Alejandro Infanzon 🙂
  • Valentin Bondzio gave a deep dive of VMware vSphere Core in particular vMotion, which really impressed me 🙂
  • My OCM buddy Yvonne Murphy, talked about Oracle on VMware “One Woman’s Journey”, which was about her true experience of real life customer problems working within Global Support Center EMEA.  It was reassuring to know VMware has 1,000 support engineers in GSC EMEA in Cork alone and most Support Requests are resolved in 24-58 hours.  We then got the privilege of having a tour of the GSC 🙂
  • We then finished the day with labs session with Sudhir Bala and Mohan Potheri, where we got to for example:
    • Create a Template from a VM guest
    • Create a VM guest from a Template
    • Move a VM guest whilst powered on from one physical host to another using vMotion
    • Increase CPUs and Memory of a VM guest on the fly
    • And more…

It was a great 1st day of a 3 days workshop, in which I got to gain new knowledge in regards to VMware, which I can see help in particular circumstances and requirements 🙂

The day ended with a meal and drinks at SoHo Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, where I got the opportunity to catch up with my OCM buddy Yvonne Murphy, network with new people including: Dean Bolton from VLSS, Valentin Bondzio and Don Sullivan, both from VMware.

It was then the short journey back to the hotel, where I caught up with Tim Hall.  It was then a gather in the hotel reception where conversations continued until late 🙂

Many thanks to VMware and Pure Storage, I’m looking forward to the rest of the workshop 🙂

My tweets for the day can be seen here.

The VMware Expert Database Workshop Program hashtag is #VMWORA

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VMware Expert Database Workshop Program Oracle Edition

The VMware Expert Database Workshop Program started back in 2013 and has been predominately ran in Palo Alto, California.  Last year was the first time it was ran outside Palo Alto, in Sofia, Bulgaria and this year there is an additional workshop in Cork, Ireland being ran on the 18th to 20th of July 2017.

The program brings together selected Database and Application Experts from around the world to meet with VMware senior executives, architects and engineers.  The program entails assortment of open discussions and lab exercises for an intense learning environment with the intention of gaining extensive knowledge of VMware virtualisation infrastructure.

I’m honoured to have been selected by VMware to join the likes of Heli Helskyaho, Carl Dudley, Johannes Ahrends, Jan Timmerman, Niki Christopher, Mikhail Kirpichev, Yann Allandit, Kamran Aghayev, Frits Hoogland and Tim Hall 🙂

I’m really looking forward to the workshop next week, so I can meet new people and to build on my VMware knowledge 🙂

The VMware Expert Database Workshop Program hashtag is #VMWORA, if you wish to follow.

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