Must-know Tips and Tools for Oracle Virtualization

These days, even business-critical applications are being virtualized, and with the increasing costs and complexity of data environments, it’s not surprising. Some estimate that large organizations are as much as 70% virtualized already, with no plans to go back to physical servers. Virtualization, however, introduces new challenges for the Oracle DBA, including getting visibility to … Read moreMust-know Tips and Tools for Oracle Virtualization

Choosing Metrics that Matter (Beyond CPU/Disk/Network)

Imagine for a moment that you have suddenly been promoted from regular old developer to senior architect, and tasked with overseeing the telemetry efforts for all of the engineering teams at your organization. I recently had a conversation at DevOps Days Toronto with someone who was living through exactly that experience. He’d just been put in … Read moreChoosing Metrics that Matter (Beyond CPU/Disk/Network)

Virtualization Monitoring Management Guide

Virtualization management requires mastering a specific set of skills. But once mastered, these essential skills can lead to a long and meaningful career in IT. IT pros need a foundation in technologies. To extend utility to their organizations, they should further develop three essential skills – monitoring, troubleshooting, and reporting. Think back to your first responsibilities as an … Read moreVirtualization Monitoring Management Guide

No Need to Be Alarmed: Crafting an Effective Alert Strategy

The world may run on coffee, but it’s the alarm clock that gets us out of bed. It operates on a simple threshold. You set the time that’s important to you and receive an alert when that variable is true. Like your alarm clock, today’s tooling for web service alerting often operates on simple thresholds, … Read moreNo Need to Be Alarmed: Crafting an Effective Alert Strategy

Comparing vSphere and Hyper-V

Virtualization is supposed to provide consolidation and high availability benefits for applications. So what is a hypervisor? Why are there two types of hypervisors? What’s the difference between VMware® vSphere™ and Microsoft® Hyper-V®? What exactly are Type 1 and Type 2 hypervisors? What if I just want to learn about vSphere and Hyper-V so that I can compare … Read moreComparing vSphere and Hyper-V

Monitoring Software: Build vs. Buy

Chances are good that you’ve encountered the “build versus buy” dilemma at some point in your professional career. With the increased popularity of hosted IT and developer-facing SaaS, the decision to outsource IT functions or build and maintain them in-house is more complicated than ever. Unfortunately, many decision makers still allow their decisions to be … Read moreMonitoring Software: Build vs. Buy