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  • Valuable Metrics & Monitoring for Business Critical Systems
    Valuable Metrics & Monitoring for Business Critical Systems Jonas Mason, Principal Architect; Jim Hannan, Principal Architect Recorded: May 17 2018 44 mins
    The process of establishing performance benchmarks and baselines is invaluable when it comes to understanding the health of your environment, and becomes even more crucial when dealing with business critical systems. In this session we will provide further insights regarding the importance of effective monitoring and metrics and how they can help you respond proactively to performance issues. We will also discuss best practices for monitoring and metrics as related to physical and virtual servers, storage, and databases.

    You’ll leave with a better understanding of key considerations for determining performance baselines and benchmarks; the various categories of metrics and monitoring tools; a list of recommended reports, tools, and software; and best practices for gaining insights into the performance of your business critical systems.
  • Linux Best Practices for the SQL Server/Windows Admin
    Linux Best Practices for the SQL Server/Windows Admin Joe Grant, Principal Architect; Phil Ekins, Principal Architect Recorded: Apr 24 2018 57 mins
    In this presentation House of Brick Technologies, a leader in optimizing Oracle on Linux over the past decade, will offer SQL Server and Windows admins guidance on managing SQL Server on Linux.

    We will discuss best practices for the installation of SQL Server on Linux, with a particular focus on:
    • Distributions (which should you be using)
    • Storage presentation and file systems
    • SQL Server Engine install location
    • User database locations

    Options for performing the standard DBA processes, will also be addressed:
    • Backup & Restore Procedures
    • Performance & Tooling
    • Operators/dbMail

    You’ll leave with a better understanding of key considerations for installing SQL Server on Linux, the ways SQL Server on Linux differs from traditional SQL Server installations, a list of recommended tools and reports, and best practices for managing your SQL Server on Linux instances.
  • Oracle Audits
    Oracle Audits Dave Welch, House of Brick Technologies; Pam Fulmer, Fulmer Ware Recorded: Jan 25 2018 60 mins
    In this session, we will provide a summary of Oracle licensing by the contract, and explore Oracle audit practices referencing the Mars Incorporated lawsuit against Oracle.

    We will share recommendations to help you prepare for an Oracle audit, including VMware licensing information.
  • A Guide for Enabling Windows Automation Using PowerShell
    A Guide for Enabling Windows Automation Using PowerShell Phil Ekins, Principal Architect at House of Brick Technologies Recorded: Jan 16 2018 45 mins
    In this presentation we will walk through a number of automation case studies. We will discuss the business problem addressed, how automation solved that problem, and the potential ROI experienced as a result.

    The examples featured will offer insights into how automation tooling played a large role in solving the client's core business issues, with a specific focus on Windows and PowerShell technologies.

    This will be an interactive session, so please feel free to bring your business problems and questions to share during the session.
  • Enterprise Cloud Adoption - Options, Roadblocks, Strategies and Predictions
    Enterprise Cloud Adoption - Options, Roadblocks, Strategies and Predictions Nathan Biggs, CEO, House of Brick Technologies Recorded: Dec 6 2017 52 mins
    Public cloud planning is part of most organizations’ IT strategies. When it comes to the most critical enterprise systems however, planning for cloud adoption is more complicated.

    Nathan Biggs, CEO at House of Brick Technologies, a leader in virtualization and cloud computing for enterprise-class systems, will discuss options for deploying enterprise systems into public clouds. In addition, roadblocks to the cloud will be reviewed, and strategies for adoption will be considered.

    Nathan will also share predictions for what House of Brick expects for enterprise cloud adoption in the coming year. Join us for this in-depth, forward look into the future of cloud adoption and planning for the enterprise!
  • Straight Talk on Business Critical Applications in the Cloud
    Straight Talk on Business Critical Applications in the Cloud Jim Hannan, Principal Architect; House of Brick Technologies Recorded: Oct 17 2017 33 mins
    As much as the term Cloud Computing gets tossed around these days you would think everyone’s using it. But do cloud predictions really match real world use? If you aren’t “in the cloud” are you already behind the competition?

    During this presentation, we will discuss the pros and cons of moving applications to the cloud, with a particular focus on business critical applications. We will share our experiences working with clients to determine if their applications are “cloud ready” through a review of availability, costs, and operational impacts. Examples of successful use cases in the public cloud will be explored including emerging technologies, DRaaS, new applications, older applications running on older hardware, and startups.

    You’ll leave with a better understanding of the types of applications that are best suited for the cloud, a list of questions you should be asking when considering moving to the cloud, and a checklist you can use to evaluate your application’s cloud readiness.
  • Running Oracle Software on POWER/AIX in the Skytap Cloud
    Running Oracle Software on POWER/AIX in the Skytap Cloud Mike Stone, CIO, House of Brick Technologies; Dan Jones, Director of Product Management, Skytap Recorded: Oct 12 2017 36 mins
    In this session we will provide an overview of licensing Oracle programs using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) on POWER/AIX VMs in the Skytap Cloud. There is a lot of confusion around Oracle licensing, especially in virtualized or cloud environments. Many of the references to discussion points and legal challenges resulting from running virtualized x86 platforms apply directly to POWER environments as well.

    Key takeaways from this webinar include:

    - Skytap Cloud is an effective option for IaaS, including for Oracle-based POWER/AIX applications.
    - The use of POWER/AIX VMs for Oracle workloads in Skytap Cloud ensures that Oracle workloads stay running only on licensed processors.
    - Skytap Cloud provides support for Oracle licensing by allocating dedicated resources to Oracle workloads.
    - In an Oracle audit, usage of Skytap Cloud environments will be documented as if the LPARs or servers are part of the customer’s on-premises environment.
  • Using Software-Defined Storage for your Applications: A Best Practices Guide
    Using Software-Defined Storage for your Applications: A Best Practices Guide Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect, House of Brick Technologies Recorded: Aug 15 2017 55 mins
    Software-defined storage is quickly becoming mainstream and not having to deal with all of the headaches of storage management can be a wonderful thing.

    Placing your tier 1 database workloads onto software-defined storage is possible, but it needs to be done correctly. Tier 1 database workloads are typically the most I/O intensive systems in an environment. Consequently, there are additional considerations that need to be taken into account in order to ensure performance and redundancy for these critical workloads. It doesn’t matter if your workload is SQL Server or Oracle, or if you are running Hyper-V or VMware, the concepts are the same.

    In this session, we will walk through SDS, and cover topics including: sizing your workload, validating performance characteristics, and following recommended best practices for placing your most important applications on SDS.
  • Oracle Baselines and Benchmarks for the Business
    Oracle Baselines and Benchmarks for the Business Jonas Mason, Senior Consultant & Joe Grant, Principal Architect; House of Brick Technologies Recorded: May 23 2017 43 mins
    Businesses sometime ignore Oracle database performance until poor performance impacts profitability, or the cost of Oracle licensing becomes significant. But this consideration frequently comes a bit late, and can cause tension between the business and technical staff.

    Hear how we have helped our clients bridge the gap between business needs and technical resources. Learn how using the right tools, like Statspack and AWR, can help identify performance trends and enable a healthy dialogue between the business, technical, DBA, developer, and infrastructure teams.

    Discover the importance of benchmarks in establishing baselines that:

    1) Facilitate performance troubleshooting
    2) Enable efficient use of existing hardware
    3) Inform the hardware and software requisition narrative

    Is the problem poorly performing hardware, misconfigured servers and instances, expensive SQL, and/or a lack of data life cycle management? An incorrect answer could place blame with the wrong department, increase frustration levels, and possibly result in higher hardware and software costs. So find the correct answer using the tools discussed in this webinar and facilitate a more cost effective and attainable solution for your business.
  • Clarifying the Cloud: Licensing Oracle in the Skytap Cloud
    Clarifying the Cloud: Licensing Oracle in the Skytap Cloud Nathan Biggs; House of Brick Technologies, CEO & Jeff Schroeder; Skytap, Cloud Solutions Architect Recorded: Feb 28 2017 46 mins
    There is a lot of confusion around Oracle licensing, especially in virtualized or Cloud environments. In this session, we will provide an overview of the Skytap Cloud, and what Skytap has done to facilitate Oracle license-compliance in their cloud. We will provide education on the principles of Oracle licensing, and information on how those principles are applied to workloads running in the Skytap Cloud.

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