East Coast Oracle Conference, (ECO 17)

So this week I’m back on the other coast, Raleigh, NC at ECO17 after last week in Seattle. I’ve switched from SQL Server to Oracle and we won’t discuss how many times I had to correct myself as I said, “transaction log” instead of “archive log” and pointed west instead of east for the ocean…My …

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Data Gravity and the Network

The network has often been viewed as “no man’s land” for the DBA-  Our tools may identify network latency, but rarely does it go into any details, designating the network outside our jurisdiction. As we work through data gravity, i.e. the weight of data, the pull of applications, services, etc. to data sources, we have …

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Archaic Data Transfer- A DBA Rant

There was a great post by Noel Yuhanna on how he deems the number of DBAs required in a database environment by size and number of databases.  This challenge has created a situation where data platforms are searching for ways to remove this roadblock and eliminate the skills needed to manage the database tier. I’ve …

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Virtualizing Big Data in the Cloud

I’m in sunny Phoenix this week at the Data Platforms 2017 Conference and looking forward to a break in the heat when I return to Colorado this evening. As this event is for big data, I expected to present on how big data could benefit from virtualization, but was surprised to find that I didn’t …

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Delivering Migration Projects on Time

I did a couple great sessions yesterday for the awesome Dallas Oracle User Group, (DOUG.)  It was the first time I did my thought leadership piece on Making Sense of the Cloud and it was a great talk, with some incredible questions from the DOUG attendees! This points me to a great [older] post on things …

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AWS CloudWatch with Delphix AWS Trial

I love valuable metric data and I wanted to see what’s offered from different cloud providers.  Metrics are data and data ensures that when performance is impacted, we have the information we need to answer questions and resolve issues. For my first adventure, we’ll start with a high level review of Amazon.  Cloudwatch is one …

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Manually Adding Sales History, (SH) Schema to 11.2.0.4

Most people know I like to do things the hard way… 🙂 When it comes to learning things, there’s often no better way to get a strong understanding than to have to take something apart and put it back together.  I wanted to use swingbench on my AWS deployment and needed the Sales History, (SH) sample …

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Why the DBA is Necessary to the Cloud- Part I

There are a lot of people and companies starting to push the same old myth regarding the death of the database administrator role in companies.  On the Oracle side, it started with release Oracle 7 and now is proposed with the introduction of cloud.  Hopefully my post will help ease the mind of those out …

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Clone…err, Cloud Wars

No, this isn’t a title for a future Star Wars movie, but our own future, foreseen by me, (as well as many others) from experience, research and discussions everyday. No, it’s not this dark and menacing…no sith lords. The Cloud We know who the main players in the current cloud arena are and how much they hold …

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The Delphix Trial on AWS- Get It While Its HOT!

I don’t want to alarm you, but there’s a new Delphix trial on AWS!  It uses your own AWS account and with a simple set up, allows you to deploy a trial Delphix environment.  Yes, you hear me right-  just with a couple steps, you could have your own setup to work with Delphix! There’s …

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Working on an AWS Host as a DBA

We, DBAs, have a tendency to over think everything.  I don’t know if the trait to over think is just found in DBAs or if we see it in other technical positions, too. I believe it corresponds to some of why we become loyal to one technology or platform.  We become accustomed to how something works …

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Oracle Management Cloud at #IOUG Collaborate 2016

While at Collaborate on Monday, Oracle has been offered a spot to highlight The Oracle Management Cloud.  OMC is a suite of next-generation monitoring and management cloud services designed for heterogeneous environments, all empowered by Oracle’s own cloud!  The first three OMC services (Application Performance Monitoring, Log Analytics and IT Analytics) were launched at OpenWorld …

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Importance of Network to the Cloud

I’ve been discussing for years about the importance of network to database performance, especially once I started working on VLDBs, (Very Large Databases) but its a topic that often is disregarded.  Now that I’m working more and more in the cloud, it’s become more evident the importance of the network to our survival. For each …

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Recommendations to Address Cloud Performance Issues via EM12c

So I’m going to start this post with an admission-  I don’t have access to a cloud environment to test this out, but I know what I would do first if I experienced slow response time on database creation or cloning via EM12c to the cloud and I would like to at LEAST post what …

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A First Technical Look At Hybrid Cloning in EM12c Release 5

The sales, support and technical teams were brought into the Denver Tech Center office to do some advanced training in Hybrid Cloud.  There were many take-aways from the days we spent in the office, (which is saying a lot-  most of you likely know how much I hate working anywhere but from home… :)) and …

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12.1.0.5 Hybrid Cloud Cloning

Last week’s release of 12.1.0.5 was a pleasant surprise for everyone out in the Oracle world.  This release hit the bulls-eye for another cloud target of Oracle’s, announcing the introduction of Enterprise Manager 12c’s offering a single pane of glass management of the hybrid cloud.  The EM12c team has been been trained and testing out the …

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Why Automate Target Patching with Enterprise Manager 12c

Every job comes with tasks that no one likes to perform and database administration is no exception.  Patching is one of those necessary tasks that must be performed and when we are expected to do more with less everyday, the demands of patching another host, another agent, another application is often a task that no …

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