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Database Systems

Using VSAN to Maximize Database Performance

September 28, 2015

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to speak at VMWorld in San Francisco. The session title was Using Virtual SAN to Maximize Database Performance, and in that session I spent time focusing on performance as well as recovery. Why would recovery be a …


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Networks Systems

Learning to Pivot

September 18, 2015

The role of information technology inside of corporations is not new; it has existed for decades. With each passing year we see acceleration in the speed and complexity of changes to our roles as IT professionals. Industries as a whole tend to resist change. …


Systems

Playing Operation with Systems

September 14, 2015

We live in a hectic world of day-to-day operations and aggressive business requirements that must be facilitated and made possible by IT — often in a vacuum. And we do all this while being expected to keep operations running consistently, repeatedly, and without interruption. …


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Systems

JMX Monitoring Best Practices

July 13, 2015

Monitoring Java management extensions (JMX) may seem daunting, but they are completely necessary for application and network management. They connect to remote clients and monitor applications running inside a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Monitoring JMX is all about the managed beans (MBeans), which are …


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Systems

Server and Application Reliability

July 13, 2015

“The loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist!” – C. Baudelaire, 1864 In IT, the hardest system issue to solve is the one you don’t know (or won’t admit) you have. I’m not saying that IT professionals …