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As promised, this is the follow-up to my earlier Oracle Focused Sessions at EMC World 2014 blog post.


Despite the title, this time I want to look at additional Oracle sessions of interest at EMC World 2014, and also examine complementary sessions that should give Oracle folks some extra background to what EMC is doing with respect to Hybrid Cloud and answer the question "What is the 3rd Platform?".

EMC welcomes Oracle Corporation to EMC World 2014! I don’t know if this is a first, but it feels that way, we get the chance ‘on our own turf’ to directly ask Oracle’s own specialists about their collaboration with EMC products and solutions – can’t wait to spend time with them, for sure there will be discussions around VMware certification and EMC storage integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager, maybe they will ask VCE about running Oracle Linux on Vblock!


On Wednesday, I will first be refreshing my knowledge with a VMware vSphere session on virtualizing Oracle databases, then attending the Oracle VM for Cloud Infrastructure session – both sessions are detailed below, should be very interesting:


Architecting Oracle Databases On VMware vSphere 5 With EMC Storage

This session walks through a detailed architecture review of optimizing Oracle databases on vSphere 5 with EMC storage platforms and review tested, proven solutions and reference architectures involving EMC, vSphere and Oracle RAC in detail. This session also reviews best practices for monitoring virtualized Oracle databases and EMC storage using vCenter Operations Manager.


Monday, May 5, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Wednesday, May 7, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


Oracle: EMC & Oracle Simplifies Cloud Infrastructure Deployment

EMC and Oracle have partnered since 1995. Through our partnership we have integrated EMC infrastructure with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to accelerate deployment of cloud infrastructures, Oracle Database and Oracle applications using Oracle VM Templates. Learn more on how we help thousands of customers accelerate and simplify cloud infrastructure deployment.

Wednesday, May 7, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


To get a broad view of the flexibility and potential of VCE Vblock systems, I plan to attend the following two sessions, first seeing how EMC’s Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) can be used to accelerate cloud infrastructure provisioning and the second looking at integrated and comprehensive Vblock Data Protection with EMC solutions;


Accelerate To Cloud Infrastructure With VCE Vblock Systems & EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager

This session discusses EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM), what’s new, gain insight into an existing customer implementation and learn about upcoming integration with EMC ViPR.  With EMC UIM, EMC VSPEX and VCE Vblock System physical components (compute, storage and network) are abstracted, then transformed into large, virtual pools, ready to be grouped into “services” and made ready for virtual applications via policy-based, automated provisioning. ..., delivering a foundation for the Software-Defined Data Center and bridging the gap to the 3rd platform of IT.


Monday, May 5, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM               Wednesday, May 7, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


VCE Vblock Data Protection & Mobility: Converge To Save Your Job

Been on the chopping block for missing RTOs/RPOs/SLAs in your virtualized environment? Then you know it’s important to have a data protection architecture that’s intentional, not accidental. Learn why integrated 3-tier data protection with Avamar, Data Domain, RecoverPoint, and VPLEX provides comprehensive Vblock Data Protection and Mobility across all major applications. Don’t get chopped stay calm and converge on.


Tuesday, May 6, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM                Thursday, May 8, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Attending conferences is an opportunity to explore technologies that you perhaps don’t normally work with or would like to understand more about, for me that’s going to be these two sessions discussing how EMC’s ScaleIO and Isilon products can be used to provide enterprise-class infrastructure to application and database environments, whilst reducing cost and complexity:


Leveraging ScaleIO In Software-Defined Storage Use Cases

EMC ScaleIO is enabling-software for converged infrastructure. The power and flexibility of ScaleIO is quickly appreciated in database use cases. The reality of hyper-grade, enterprise-class infrastructure with commodity components has never been more realistic than it is with ScaleIO. This session covers architecture and performance characterization of an 8-node Oracle Real Applications Clusters configuration based on ScaleIO. Come learn how ScaleIO unifies industry-leading compute, storage and application software with commodity-level economics while offering fantastic space/power and cooling attributes.


Monday, May 5, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM               Wednesday, May 7, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Transforming Your SAP Landscape Using VNX & Isilon

Learn how a big companies can take cost and complexity out of their SAP landscape by standardizing on EMC VNX and Isilon. Discover how the customer discovers, moves, and assembles structured and unstructured data between platforms, applications, and databases. This lecture also walks through how the VNX enables migrations of databases and applications without downtime.


Monday, May 5, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Thursday, May 8, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


Users of EMC’s Replication Manager for data protection management will want to attend one or both of these sessions on EMC’s application protection portfolio with AppSync providing leading edge protection and data availability for your mission critical applications:


Planning & Best Practices For Data Protection: Transitioning From Replication Manager To AppSync (Birds-of-a-Feather)

Ask EMC experts and discuss with other EMC customers about data protection solutions for specific applications like Oracle, Exchange and SQL. Learn how AppSync provides a simple, SLA-driven and self-service approach to data protection. Do you currently have EMC Replication Manager deployed and want to learn more about EMC AppSync? Get the facts and best practices on planning your transition to AppSync, EMC's newest data protection/replica management solution.


Wednesday, May 7, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


AppSync 2.0: What's New In 2014

Attend this session to learn what’s new in EMC’s application protection portfolio with AppSync providing leading edge protection and data availability for your mission critical applications. This session explains the latest advances in protecting and repurposing your Oracle environment, critical Microsoft applications, including Exchange and SQL Server, File Systems and VMware datastores across EMC VMAX and VNX arrays. AppSync manages EMC replication technologies such as VNX Advanced Snapshots, TimeFinder, SRDF, Rep V2, SnapSure and RecoverPoint, and provides users with a simple, SLA-driven, and self-service approach to meet their business RPOs and RTOs. This session is a must attend if you are an EMC Replication Manager user and are considering making the move to AppSync.


Tuesday, May 6, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM                Thursday, May 8, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Lastly, I have only seen EMC’s Brian Gallagher on video, so I plan to see him in person at EMC World 2014 and attend his special session on redefining IT, and developing an effective hybrid cloud strategy. Not specific to Oracle solutions, but likely to be very interesting:


Super Session: Your Well-Run Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Hybrid clouds are redefining IT, and developing an effective hybrid cloud strategy has become a top priority. Choosing the right technologies and operational models are critical to success. Learn how organizations are leveraging VMAX and VNX in their well-run hybrid clouds today— and how they are redefining infrastructure to make enterprise applications run better while enabling trusted next generation application deployments.


Monday, May 5, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Of course there is much more exciting stuff to see at EMC World 2014, there will be fun, surprises, breaking news and we can expect many product announcements. I will be in attendance and providing fresh blogs on the EMC Oracle Community, Tweeting live from sessions, and sharing anything that might be of interest from my Twitter handle @DBAStorage.


If you are attending EMC World 2014, come visit the Oracle Kiosk in the Solutions Pavilion and follow us on Twitter @EMCOracle. It's going to be an amazing week in Las Vegas, I look forward to meeting as many EMC Community Network members as possible.


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EMC World 2014 is almost upon us, less than 1 week away from my first visit to Las Vegas and the biggest conference I have attended since Oracle Open World 2001 in Berlin. Late maybe I am, but it’s time to setup my schedule for the event and share my thoughts on some of the great sessions and subject matter that will be available for Oracle folks like us.


The last six months at EMC has provided some exceptional new products, like ViPR and ExtremIO, and updates to existing hardware and software (like VNX2 and Data Domain) that will be showcased at EMC World 2014. With literally hundreds of sessions planned, the Session Catalog for EMC World 2014 is the place to start.

With this first blog, I want to focus on sessions of specific interest to Oracle Professionals, in the areas of Backup & Recovery, Business Continuity, Converged Infrastructure, Use of Flash technologies and Managing Storage with Enterprise Manager:


The 90 minute general session on Monday, May 5, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM is a great starting point to hear how EMC will enable enterprises to REDEFINE IT:


General Session: REDEFINE

The cloud/mobile era is redefining information technology architectures and how organizations conduct business. As a result, the future promises to be both extremely disruptive and rich in opportunity for IT professionals and IT vendors alike, creating new sets of winners and losers across a rapidly evolving industry. Hear how EMC will enable enterprises to REDEFINE IT. Plus, learn how software-defined storage will provide a common way to manage heterogeneous storage infrastructures for traditional workloads as well as new, cloud based applications that operate at hyper-scale—leading to well-run hybrid clouds that offer greater agility, efficiency and choice of infrastructure, free of lock in with any single vendor.


Having seen the future, you should then be fired up to explore what EMC has for you as an Oracle specialist in the following areas:


  • Backup, Recovery & Archiving, with Data Domain Boost


Speed Backups & Empower Application Owners With Data Domain Boost

Data Domain Boost enables advanced integration with leading backup and enterprise applications – including Avamar, NetWorker, Oracle RMAN and more. DD Boost speeds backups by up to 50% with client-side deduplication by distributing parts of the deduplication process to the backup or application server. In addition, discover how to empower DBAs and application owners to control their own backup and recovery with Data Domain Boost for Enterprise Applications including new integrations with SAP, SAP HANA, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2.


Monday, May 5, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Tuesday, May 6, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


Best Practices For Oracle Backup With Data Domain

Having trouble meeting backup windows for your Oracle databases? Are your Oracle DBAs setting up their own data protection silos? Attend this session to learn how Data Domain systems can enable faster, more efficient backup. Product experts detail deployment options—including a deep-dive on DD Boost for Oracle RMAN, bringing the power of client-side deduplication to Oracle environments. With DD Boost, you can gain 50% faster backups and give DBAs complete control of backup/recovery through their native utility.


Monday, May 5, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM               Wednesday, May 7, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


  • Business Continuity & Disaster Avoidance, with VPLEX


VPLEX: Continuous Availability For All Business-Critical Applications (Oracle, MSFT, SAP)

This session illustrates how VPLEX availability and data mobility platform delivers an Active-Active environment with Continuous Availability. An entire array can fail without disruption to the applications, because users have full read/write access to another array without disruption. VPLEX stretches your standard cluster across arrays, either locally or over distance across array data center boundaries.


Wednesday, May 7, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM          Thursday, May 8, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


VNX With VPLEX: Making Continuous Operations Seamless

VNX with VPLEX is changing the game with respect to continuous operations. This session provides a detailed discussion on how VNX with VPLEX delivers continuous operations: zero downtime and improved resource utilization. This session covers use cases and architecture including migrations, VMware and Oracle RAC. This session also covers new use cases being developed to deliver more value for continuous operations.


Tuesday, May 6, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM                Wednesday, May 7, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


  • Converged Infrastructures, with VMAX and Vblock


VMAX & Oracle: High Performance Solutions

Learn how to achieve up to 4 million Oracle database IOPS and 32GB/sec query bandwidth with a converged infrastructure for high-performance databases including VMAX, XtremCache, and Oracle RAC. This session discusses how to easily deploy this solution into your environment, and also delves into best practice details on various VMAX features that ensure your Oracle database is optimally configured and protected.


Monday, May 5, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Thursday, May 8, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


VMAX In A Converged Infrastructure: How A VMAX-Based Vblock Gives Your Cloud A Lift

This session provides an overview of the benefits of a VCE converged infrastructure focusing on the Vblock System 700 series. This session discussing the role EMC VMAX plays in providing business agility and mission-critical protection and reliability for your Vblock System environments. Attendees are able to see examples of Oracle, SAP, and VDI deployments.


Wednesday, May 7, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM          Thursday, May 8, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


  • Flash Technology and XtremIO


Millions Of IOPs In A FLASH! EMC Solution Guidelines For Increasing Oracle Performance (Birds-of-a-Feather)

Nearly all Oracle Database customers are seeking to increase the performance of databases deployed in online transaction processing (OLTP) or data warehouse environments. With advancements in flash technology, Oracle customers can significantly boost performance and improve response times. This session reviews tested, proven best practices to use a little flash to dramatically improve Oracle OLTP, DW and mixed workload performance.


Wednesday, May 7, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Rethinking Database Performance For Flash With XtremIO

Conventional wisdom with respect to database design and performance can be rethought when leveraging XtremIO all-flash array technology. Learn how to make database environments faster, less expensive, and easier to manage. This session includes real-world customer use cases and Q&A discussion.


Tuesday, May 6, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM                Thursday, May 8, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


  • Managing Database Storage, with Oracle Enterprise Manager


Oracle: Managing Heterogeneous Storage Environments With Oracle Enterprise Manager

Desire a single pane of glass to manage those Oracle workloads in your EMC environments? This session will explain how a rich extensibility solution for heterogeneous environments enables EMC to partner with Oracle to create purpose-built Plug-Ins for Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle’s comprehensive suite of management products.


Monday, May 5, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


Bridging The Gap Between Storage Administrators & Oracle DBAs

Over 80% of customers today feel that collaboration between Storage Administrators and DBAs is critical to optimizing efficiency in IT. This session discusses how the latest technologies from EMC empower Storage Administrators with improved performance, visibility and manageability to improve collaboration with DBAs and free up 30-50% more time to focus on value-adding IT management activities.


Monday, May 5, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Wednesday, May 7, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM



That’s some amazing sessions there to get us learning about areas that are of most interest day-to-day for Oracle DBAs, in a follow-up blog later this week I will explore more sessions being presented at EMC World 2014 in new and exciting areas, including moving from EMC Replication Manager to AppSync 2.0 and how other EMC products, ScaleIO, Isilon and Hybrid Cloud will become platforms of choice for the future of Oracle Databases with EMC. We will also be welcoming Oracle Corporation to EMC World with a session on using Oracle VM to accelerate deployment of cloud infrastructures.


If you are attending EMC World 2014, come visit the Oracle Kiosk in the Solutions Pavilion and follow us on Twitter @EMCOracle. I will be tweeting regularly at the show from my handle @DBAStorage.


Look out for the 2nd of my pre-conference blogs on EMC World 2014 for Oracle Specialists, I look forward to a great week in Las Vegas and meeting many EMC Community members.

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