Sep 062017
 

I just realized that our two SQL Server on VMware sessions that I co-presented on Tuesday at VMworld USA, both of which made the top 10 sessions of the day list at the conference, are now on YouTube! They are free to watch for everyone!

For those of you with virtualized SQL Servers, regardless of platform and cloud or on-premises, I urge you to watch these two sessions at your convenience.

Monster VMs (Database Virtualization) with vSphere 6.5: Doing IT Right (VIRT1309BU) (co-presented with Michael Corey)

Performance Tuning and Monitoring for Virtualized Database Servers (VIRT1430BU) (co-presented with Thomas LaRock)

Sep 052017
 

This trip to Barcelona for the next VMworld EMEA conference next week will be my second trip to this conference in two years. I’m ecstatic to get there and start talking SQL Server content with folks! I’m presenting on SQL Server performance, scalability, and monitoring in three sessions at this conference.

Tuesday 11amMonster VMs (Database Virtualization) with vSphere 6.5: Doing IT Right (VIRT1309BU) with Michael Corey

Wednesday 12:30pmPerformance Tuning and Monitoring for Virtualized Database Servers (VIRT1430BE) with Thomas LaRock

Wednesday 5:30pmvBrownBag session – vNUMA and You (VMTN6680E)

We are also going to hold at least one impromptu SQL Server experts open Q&A session in the VMvillage at some point early in the week, so stay tuned to this blog for when and where to meet up!

If you want to schedule some time to meet, please contact me and let’s meet up! I’d love to meet you and answer any questions at the show.

Jan 202017
 

I’m proud and humbled to announce that my company, Heraflux Technologies, is hiring for a Data Platform Solutions Architect!

We are looking for a highly qualified technologist who is comfortable with database technologies, such as Microsoft SQL Server and other DBMS platforms, and infrastructure technologies, such as virtualization, converged platforms, public cloud, and system administration.

The Solutions Architect is accountable for working with a number of organizations in a variety of industries to improve the availability, performance, and efficiency of the infrastructure stack underneath the application.

This position is more of a SQL Server focused role, and only senior-level SQL Server administrators should apply. More details are available here, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Jan 182017
 

If you’re in the Boston area tomorrow, I urge you to go to this year’s Virtualization Technology Users Group (VTUG) Winter Warmer event tomorrow at Gillette Stadium. It’s better than a regional VMUG, and not just VMware specific. It’s covering all things infrastructure, virtualization, and cloud, and it’s held at the stadium to boot! It’s a great event, and I’ll be there in the afternoon at the Microsoft booth answering questions on virtualization, cloud, and business-critical apps!

VTUG Winter Warmer

When: January 19, 8:00am to 6:00pm

Location: Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place, Foxboro MA (GPS 1 Patriot Place)

Register now – for FREE – and I’ll see you there tomorrow!

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Dec 192016
 

I’m pleased to announce a new collaborative whitepaper with ScaleArc entitled “Improving uptime and performance of legacy apps on Microsoft SQL Server“.

Performance tuning inefficient legacy applications can be a tremendous drain on development resources in an organization. Handling availability of the database layer of these applications can be an even larger challenge. ScaleArc can help improve both challenges by improving the availability of the database layer and accelerating common repetitive database queries from the application.

The past five years or so has seen a shift in people’s expectations for application performance. As they’ve seen their personal apps deliver continuous uptime and high performance, they’ve grown more frustrated with the slower performers in business.

Despite these business apps being critical to corporate performance, users have “just dealt with it” for years whenever they’re slow and unreliable. One challenge, of course, has been that these enterprise apps are much more complex than the personal apps, making it harder to update them. Plus, making the necessary changes to “update” the application might be out of the hands of an organization when they don’t control the source code, or are costly and time prohibitive to update when they do. A compelling alternative has emerged. Rather than recoding apps for improved uptime and performance in a database environment, consider the benefits of database load balancing software. A pioneer in this technology, ScaleArc has set out to make business application platforms more highly available and perform better by managing the traffic into the database servers. The ScaleArc software acts as an intermediary between the application and database layers. Sitting in between, it buffers database outages from impacting application availability and transparently accelerates the application’s performance, all without code or usability changes. This whitepaper explains the benefits of the ScaleArc software and shows benchmarking results of one feature set – app-transparent caching. In our tests, the ScaleArc software enabled a 5x improvement in the operations processed per minute and a drop in CPU consumption from a peak of 100% to a peak of 60%.

Download this new whitepaper today!

Oct 212016
 

vmworld-2016This past week I had the pleasure of attending our first VMworld Europe conference, held this week at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. What a great experience!

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The key takeaways from the conference are quite interesting. The announcements from last and this week indicate some challenges in portions of their strategy going forward. This photo from the speaker room sums up our thoughts on the state of VMware right now – many of the important puzzle pieces are in place, but there are some significant holes that need to be addressed for a more complete picture.

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Sessions

20161018_103107-copyFirst up, I presented a session entitled “Performance Tuning and Monitoring for Virtualized Database Servers” with Thomas LaRock from Solarwinds. We talked about the need to monitor each layer at and underneath the databases for becoming proactive in active performance troubleshooting and monitoring. We presented to a packed room and fielded a number of great questions afterwards.

A little later in the day, I presented a session entitled “Performance Perspectives” for the vBrownBag TechTalks, where I talked about how VM admins need to understand that measuring performance statistics only from the hypervisor presents only a portion of the actual performance of the system.

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At the end of the day, I sat on a panel session with Patric Chang and Jonathan Flynn from SanDisk, and Jase McCarty from EMC entitled “Running Business Critical Applications and the Software Defined Data Center on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and VSAN” where we discussed the implications of business-critical applications and their intersection with hyperconverged and all-flash systems.

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Wednesday

20161019_104942-copyWednesday was also a day filled with presentations and meetings. I started with a fun and action-packed session with Michael Corey entitled “Monster VMs (Database Virtualization) Doing IT Right” where we gave a rapid-fire stream of useful tips and tricks on maintaining maximum performance of virtualized SQL Server and Oracle VMs.

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That afternoon I presented a repeat session of the “Performance Tuning and Monitoring for Virtualized Database Servers” to another near capacity room. Thank you to all of the die-hard attendees that came for the repeat session when you could not get into the previous session.

Next, VMworld has a lounge area that they call “Meet the Experts“. Michael Corey and I chatted with numerous attendees about their unique challenges with virtualizing business-critical apps, especially databases, and hopefully our answers will help them go and solve some of their concerns!

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Announcements

At this conference, VMware announced the next version of their flagship virtualization suite, vSphere 6.5. The whole list of updates and improvements are found here. I feel that this release is a solid evolutionary step towards the future of the on-premises software defined datacenter. I am exceptionally happy about the new REST-based API for managing the environment. We’ve got some ideas that we’re working on where this will come in handy! VMware says general availability of this release is scheduled for later on this year.

However, the overarching buzz at the conference was from VMware’s announcement last week. VMware is partnering with Amazon AWS to provide the means to extend the on-prem VMware deployments to the Amazon public cloud in order to create a seamless hybrid cloud approach. The reaction from the attendees was mixed. I am going to save my thoughts on this announcement for an upcoming blog post. It does open a lot of questions about target platform performance, database licensing implications, and operational management.

Barcelona

I did get to venture outside of the convention center and briefly explore Barcelona on Monday with several other SQL Server presenters. Barcelona is an incredible city. I wish I had a full month to just go exploring!

Thanks for having me speak at the conference VMware! This was my first trip to VMworld Europe, but it will certainly not be the last!

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