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Dates and Locations

Sacramento, CA
Tues. Apr. 12th
Hilton Sacramento Arden West

Houston, TX
Thurs. Apr. 14th
JW Marriott Houston

Toronto, Canada
Thurs. Apr. 28th
Marriott Courtyard Downtown Toronto


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Strategies for optimizing your Oracle infrastructure for speed, efficiency and cloud computing.

As businesses continue to improve operational efficiency and agility, it's more important than ever for their IT infrastructure to meet the demands of increasingly complex Oracle application and database environments.

Cloud computing, virtualization, and processor technologies are enabling enterprises to meet ever-increasing performance and DBA productivity demands while drastically reducing data center costs and inefficiencies.

Join renowned House of Brick Technologies experts Nathan Biggs, CEO, and David Welch, CTO, at our free half-day seminar to learn more about the changing virtualization landscape and get practical advice on how to accelerate the performance of your database environment.

To reserve your seat, call Kirby VanOrden at (617) 431-9723 or apply online:

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State of the Industry Keynote Presentation:

The Convergence of Two Powerhouse Technologies: Oracle Database, and VMware-Enabled Virtual Infrastructures


Presenter: Nathan Biggs, CEO, House of Brick Technologies

This session will overview industry trends related to database adoption for enterprise-class workloads, and the most cost-effective and performance platforms for running those workloads. Oracle, the industry’s powerhouse in database management systems, and VMware, the premier platform provider will be discussed separately, and then shown how they can work together for the ultimate benefit of scaled enterprises.

House of Brick typically encounters three emotional roadblocks with customers as they consider running production databases on VMware: Oracle support, Oracle Licensing, and VMware performance. These issues will be addressed with real-world examples of how they have been overcome.

Session Two:

Virtualizing Production-Scale Oracle Databases on VMware—Best Practices and Configuration Considerations


Presenter: David Welch, CTO & Chief Evangelist, House of Brick Technologies

David Welch will open up House of Brick’s Oracle virtualization playbook to discuss the best practices, configuration gotchas, and optimal methods for maximizing the performance of Oracle databases on VMware infrastructures. Topics will include host hardware sizing, VSphere settings, and Oracle configurations.

Session Three:

Virtualizing Oracle with EMC and VMware


Presenter: EMC vSpecialist

This session provides best practice and solution guidelines to successfully architect and deploy Oracle databases on the EMC and VMware platform. Business and technical topics that will be addressed include

  • Maximize performance while meeting SLAs
  • Deploy more Oracle in less time
  • Scale and protect applications without impact
  • Improved licensing ROI with full Oracle support
  • Increase server unitization and reduce cost through consolidation

Session Four:

Customer Testimonial

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear real-world examples of how several leading companies successfully virtualized their Oracle environment. Customer testimonial participation may vary by city but will include companies such as:

  • One of the largest independent tire wholesalers in the U.S.
  • Large private research university
  • A multinational company that owns and operates marine and aviation assets used primarily in the energy industry

Session Five:

Live Q&A/Panel Discussion

Come prepared to have your toughest virtualization questions answered by our panel of experts. You'll have the opportunity to interact with our team of featured panelists including Nathan Biggs, David Welch, and experts from EMC and VMware.

Networking Lunch (optional)

Join the speakers for lunch and further discussion – hosted by House of Brick Technologies

Space is limited. To reserve your seat, call Kirby VanOrden at (617) 431-9723 or apply online:

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Speaker Biographies

Nathan Biggs

Nathan Biggs

House of Brick Technologies

Nathan Biggs is a partner, and the CEO of House of Brick Technologies. Since studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Arizona State University, Nathan has over twenty years of experience in high-tech industries ranging from composite materials and semiconductor engineering, to software product development and advanced IT infrastructures. Under Nathan’s leadership, House of Brick has been experiencing significant growth and worldwide exposure for its ability to drive the virtualization of tier-1 enterprise workloads, and the migration to cloud-based infrastructures. Throughout his career, Nathan has emphasized the need for IT to enhance business value; recognizing that sometimes the best IT investment is the one not made. Nathan is a student of the trends in the IT industry, and has been a speaker and instructor in both business and higher-education settings.

David Welch
CTO & Chief Evangelist

House of Brick Technologies

David Welch is a co-founder of House of Brick Technologies, and serves as House of Brick’s CTO & Chief Evangelist.  He started working with Oracle technologies nearly two decades ago, and has been working with VMware technologies for five years.  David is expert in Oracle performance, integration and operations, troubleshooting, hardware sizing, and mentoring.  Through his work with customers on enterprise-wide Oracle license assessments, and right-sized platform architectures, David has influenced the reduction or reallocation of millions of dollars in IT budgets for House of Brick customers.  David has been a visionary, and self-proclaimed “lightning rod” in the promotion of VMware as the industry’s most optimal platform for enterprise system stacks, including Oracle workloads. He is a frequent national and international speaker on Oracle and VMware virtualization topics.

Mike Guthrie
Principal Solutions Consultant


Mr. Guthrie has over 15 years experience with Oracle Applications database applications, including Oracle E-Business Suite (eBS) and Oracle application infrastructure architectures on EMC storage arrays and VMware virtualization software.  He specializes in full life cycle project management, technical architecture design, integration, and implementation.  Over the last 2 years at EMC, he has held the role of Principal Solutions Consultant with global responsibility for technical architecture planning and design for EMC’s large, enterprise customers.   Mr. Guthrie is recognized as a divisional expert within EMC on virtualizing Oracle databases on VMware virtual infrastructure.  Prior to joining EMC, Mr. Guthrie spent over 10 years as an Oracle technical consultant and software developer at Oracle Corporation in the eBS application group.


Nathan Biggs

Nathan Biggs

CEO, House of Brick Technologies


David Welch

CTO & Chief Evangelist, House of Brick Technologies

Mike Guthrie

Principal Solutions Consultant,



8:00 AM

Doors Open

9:00 AM State of the
Industry Keynote Presentation
Nathan Biggs, CEO,
House of Brick Technologies
9:30 AM Virtualizing Production-Scale Oracle Databases
on VMware

David Welch, CTO,
House of Brick Technologies
10:15 AM Refreshment Break
10:25 AM

Virtualizing Oracle with
EMC and VMware

11:10 AM Customer Testimonial
11:40 AM

Live Q&A/Panel Discussion
Nathan Biggs and David Welch

12:00 PM
Lunch (optional)
Join the speakers for lunch and further discussion (immediately following the seminar). Hosted by House of Brick Technologies




One lucky attendee will receive a free Iomega® Networked Attached Storage Appliance (a $250 value)!

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