My sessions recordings from VMworld US 2016

VMworld 2016

It is so nice that VMworld has released the sessions recordings from VMworld US publicly for everyone, thanks to William Lam for publishing
all the direct URLs here https://github.com/lamw/vmworld2016-session-urls

As for the sessions themselves, we had a nice turnout of about 220 folks in each session and the reviews were great.

Here are the recordings:

VIRT7575 – Architecting NSX with Business Critical Applications for Security, Automation and Business Continuity

VIRT7654 – SQL Server on vSphere: A Panel with Some of the World’s Most Renowned Experts

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My VMworld in 2016

This is it, this year I am finally taking a very active role at VMworld after a few years of only being an attendee (except for one session at VMworld Europe in 2009 ) .

For this year’s VMworld I am going to take on the role of the Booth captain for the Virtualzing apps track booth, (YES!)  I will be working with a staff of 4: Sudhir Balasubramanian, Vas Mitra, Agustin Malanco the man (Twitter – @agmalanco ) and Ryan DaWaele. such a great crew!

We are planning 2 stations this year, where station #1 is going to run the traditional demos for Business critical applications with vSphere, features like: DRS, vMotion etc and new this year with vVols and vRA.

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VMware NSX Question – Can You Figure it Out?

I wrote a blog post in the VMware official blog about a demo I recorded called “Dynamically enforcing Security On a Hot Cloned SQL Server With VMware NSX“.

A bit long of a title but captures the essence of the demo perfectly. You can see the demo as well here:

I got a question from a colleague of mine with has a very keen eye:

“I just saw the great video you made, at 0:50 second of the demo we can see the rules for the prod app

What is the meaning of rule 6?  If the source is the datacenter and is broader than the App Server in rule 5, and the rule allows for ANY service, doesn’t it make rule 5 irrelevant? “

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Taking my career to the next level

If your reading this it’s probably because you are wondering where I am heading, so I’ll start with that first: I recently accepted a new position with a bigger impact on VMware and its customers and on the IT community.

Starting OCT 1’st I will become a Staff solutions architect for Microsoft enterprise applications architecture at VMware’s Global center of excellence, focusing mainly on MS SQL running on VMware’s platforms.

Why? you may ask. Considering my current job is indeed wonderful it is a fair question. Currently I am working with the best SE specialists team in the world. My team is responsible for delivering pre-sales engagements about the most strategic solutions we have at VMware to our most strategic customers. As a cloud automation specialist I learned a lot and engaged in the most interesting conversations with customers about their Cloud needs and wants, conducted POC’s, got to work for the best manager I had the privilege to work for in my career and most importantly built strong relationships and friendships.

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How EMC IT are delivering DBaaS and ITaaS with VMware vCloud suit

EMC DBaaS1

EMC IT has released a few amazing resources that explain how they achieved a full ITaaS and DBaaS for their users, it is a must read and watch for anyone interested in ITaaS and DBaaS.

Whitepaper:

EMC IT’s Database-as-a-Service

Video

EMC IT’s  IT-as-a-Service/Database-as-a-Service – eCALM Demo

The eCALM system as they call (Enterprise Cloud Automation Life cycle Management) it is a “full” solution that allows deployment, configuration, day2 operations , backup as a service, security management, monitoring management and retirement of DBs.   This solution is based on the vCloud suit components + puppet on top of vBlock  with Symetrix and additional components like Data Domain, infoblocks, Log insight and more.

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New DBaaS capabilities in VMware vCAC 6.1

One of the main things customer need in regards to cloud automation is DBaaS. In vCAC6.1 VMware has added the capability to ingest a production database into a VM and allow it to be redeployed as a service on demand by the developer/DBA without the intervention of IT. The use cases are endless,  customers want ot have the ability to “refresh” a production database for test, Dev, QA and training purposes.

So, how does this work:

In vCAC 6.1 VMware added out of box vCO workflows that can deliver a copy of the production DBs (currently Oracle 12c and Microsoft SQL Server 2012) to the self service catalog for redeployment, the workflows executes the following steps:

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Virtualizing critical apps – Reserve memory when there is no RAM overcommitment?

I get this question a lot, should I have memory reservation for critical apps even if I am plentiful on RAM and there is no over commitment?

VMware’s best practice for virtualizing critical applications is to reserve the VM’s memory to prevent a situation of memory being balloned or swapped out, this is detailed in many guides for different applications best practices, see here: https://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/ .

The question I am being asked a lot is “If I have plenty of RAM should I set memory reservations as well?” the short answer is yes

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