Recently I’ve seen an issue with CPU usage on a server running Windows 2003 Server in a VMware. This is a small Virtual Machine with just 2 cores allocated (which are possibly mapped to “threads” on a host level but I don’t know the details). For some reason very high System CPU time was reported…
In the era of consolidation, storage has not been left out. The impact of backup on normal database activity . . . batch processing in one database impacting transactional processing — these are two real life examples of the consequences of storage consolidation known to almost every DBA. Virtualization puts a new twist in consolidation, but storage virtualization methods are very under-developed compared to computing resource virtualization. Storage QoS and storage virtualization must necessarily be very closely-related areas with a lot of overlap.
This message is for our readers mostly located in UK and Europe but keep reading even if you are far away geographically – nothing is impossible in our digital age and you might actually consider traveling there in case of desperate interest. Your feedback would be useful, either way. What I want to draw your attention to is that Jonathan Lewis has posted a call for attendees for a special event dedicated to virtualization technologies with Oracle. This event is considered by UKOUG and whether it happens or not depends on you.