Michael Corey, Founder & CEO, Ntirety, from VMware Partner Exchange 2012; 8:30 AM Sunday Morning Las Vegas Time
New Blog by Michael Corey, Founder & CEO, Ntirety, from VMware Partner Exchange 2012; 8:30 AM Sunday Morning Las Vegas Time
It’s 8:30 in the morning Las Vegas time and I am sitting in the VMware Virtualizing Oracle databases boot camp. If anyone ever told you I would be up early for the second day in a row in Vegas on a Sunday morning, the people who know me would say they are crazy. I love the challenge of the casino. I love the shows. Vegas is just so alive with activity. It’s a great place to visit. Yet, here I am early Sunday morning doing another deep dive. For the record, I am excited to be here. I am surrounded by a number of Ntirety database administrators.
At Ntirety, our tag line is “The Database Experts.” To earn the right to say that means that we do what it takes to stay on top of the changes in database technology. In my opinion, the most important change to hit the technology field in the last 20 years is virtualization. It’s a true game changer.
Once again, VMware has done an awesome job of providing us with a dream team of speakers. I have been in the Oracle world since version 3.0. I am a true Oracle old-timer. I know who’s good and who is not. The VMware speakers included Don Sullivan, Kannan Mani and George Trujillo. They all have excellent Oracle pedigrees and also have a wonderful way about presenting very deep technical material. The master of ceremonies was Don Sullivan. As a side note, Don is not only an Oracle expert he is also one of the most knowledgeable people I ever met on baseball. I have come to respect his technical expertise and his knowledge of the game. Being a Boston Red Sox fan, I am giving Don a huge compliment. It’s a shame he is a New York Yankees fan.
In addition, VMware also invited some customers to speak. The customers included Dave Welch from House of Brick (second best Database experts in the word next to my company Ntirety. I do have a right to be biased, don’t I?). They also invited Chris Williams from Cognizant. They are both individuals who recognized what game-changing technology VMware had early on and became very early adopters of the technology. During the boot camp both shared numerous real-life stories and experiences with everyone. They were also both quite approachable during the breaks.
One of the things I really have come to appreciate from VMware is honesty. It’s clear that as a company they value their partners and are willing to share the truth. Not the normal marketing spin we have all become used to getting.
David Welch taught a good portion of the agenda. He has a really nice way of presenting.
Drinking Out of the Fire hose
The one complaint I have to share with you about the Virtualizing Oracle boot camp is there was too much material and too little time to go over it all. It was also clear to me that VMware takes there certifications and competency very seriously. Too many vendors who shall remain nameless look at certifications as revenue opportunities. That is not the case with VMware. Earning a VCP (VMware Certified Professional) or a VACP (VMware Advanced Certified Professional) is a lot of work and not easy. VMware certifications mean something. So do VMware competencies.
Business Critical Applications is the newest VMware competency in 3 years. It includes Oracle, SAP, Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server. VMware is taking it very seriously.
The high-level agenda consisted of:
• An introduction to Tier-1 Oracle Database Virtualization
• Physical Stack Fundamentals
• Virtual machine-layer fund
• The core prototype project
• Beyond the prototype implementation
We had numerous deep dives on the technology. One of my favorites was a demonstration of Oracle RAC and vMotion in action. We saw a three physical node Oracle Rac cluster. Then one of the Oracle instances was moved onto another node while in use. We got to see it vMotion working and the impact it was having on a real live working Oracle RAC database. We also had a great deep dive on the pros and cons around being able to move Oracle RAC instances from physical node to physical node.
Here is a YouTube video you can watch seeing this happen:
I have asked that VMware update it with a voice annotation. As a DBA, I think you will find this very interesting.
VMware Virtualizing Business Critical Applications Bundle
VMware has created a new bundle for Virtualizing Business Critical Applications which consists of:
VM Site Recovery Manager
VM vShield Apps
VMware vCenter Operations Advanced
VMware has put together a pretty powerful bundle of software for companies that are serious about virtualizing business-critical applications.