Provisioning a VFile App to Connect to a VDB

I ran across an article from 2013 from Straight Talk on Agile Development by Alex Kuznetsov and it reminded me how long we’ve been battling for easier ways of doing agile in a RDBMS environments. Getting comfortable with a virtualized environment can be an odd experience for most DBAs, but as soon as you recognize how similar […]

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February 10, 2017

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TCP WMEM Fault in Delphix AWS Target

So you thought you were finished configuring your AWS target, eh?  I already posted a previous time on how to address a fault with the RMEM, but now we’re onto the WMEM.  Wait, WM-what? No, I fear a DBAs work is never over and when it comes to the cloud, our skill set has just […]

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February 10, 2017

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Preparing AWS for the Delphix Trial

There are more configurations for AWS than there are fish in the sea, but as the rush of folks arrive to test out the incredibly cool AWS Trial for Delphix, I’ll add my rendition of what to look for to know you’re AWS setup is prepped to successfully deploy. The EC2 Dashboard View After you’ve […]

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February 8, 2017

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How to Avoid Disasters with Delphix

Delphix focuses on virtualizing non-production environments, easing the pressure on DBAs, resources and budget, but there is a second use case for product that we don’t discuss nearly enough. Protection from data loss. Jamie Pope, one of the great guys that works in our pre-sales engineering group, sent Adam and I an article on one […]

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February 1, 2017

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My New Role at Delphix

I’ve been at Delphix for just over six months now.  In that time, I was working with a number of great people on a number of initiatives surrounding competitive, the company roadmap and some new initiatives.  With the introduction of our CEO, Chris Cook, new CMO, Michelle Kerr and other pivotal positions within this growing […]

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January 31, 2017

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TCP RMEM Fault in Delphix Target on AWS

So you’ve deployed targets with Delphix on AWS and you receive the following error: It’s only a warning, but it states that you’re default of 87380 is below the recommended second value for the ipv4.tcp.rmem property.  Is this really an issue and do you need to resolve it?  As usual, the answer is “it depends” […]

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January 24, 2017

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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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January 9, 2017

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The Twelve Days with Delphix

On the first day with Delphix, I provisioned with glee, an IT Manager Happy. On the second day with Delphix, I provisioned with glee, two SAP ASE and an IT Manager Happy. On the third day with Delphix, I provisioned with glee, three Oracle Databases, two SAP ASE and an IT Manager Happy. On the […]

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December 16, 2016

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SQL Server on Linux

I thought I’d do something on Oracle this week, but then Microsoft made an announcement that was like an early Christmas present-  SQL Server release for Linux. I work for a company that supports Oracle and SQL Server, so I wanted to know how *real* this release was.  I first wanted to test it out […]

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November 17, 2016

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Upcoming Events and Speaking Engagements- Fall 2016

My sabbatical from speaking is about to end in another week and it will return with quite the big bang. Oct. 14th First up is Upper NY Oracle User Group, (UNYOUG) for a day of sessions in Buffalo, NY.  I’ll be doing three talks:  Virtualization 101  The Limitless DBA  AWR and ASH with Database 12c   […]

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October 4, 2016

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DevOps and Source Control

The topic of DevOps and and Agile are everywhere, but how often do you hear Source Control thrown into the mix?  Not so much in public, but behind the closed doors of technical and development meetings when Agile is in place, it’s a common theme.  When source control isn’t part of the combination, havoc ensues […]

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September 30, 2016

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Do You Even TDM, (Test Data Management)?

Along with the deep learning I’ve been allowed to do about data virtualization, I’ve learned a great deal about Test Data Management.  Since doing so, I’ve started to do some informal surveys of the DBAs I run into and ask them, “How do you get data to your testers so that they can perform tests?”  “How […]

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Delphix Sessions at Oracle Open World 2016!

Oracle Open World 2016 is almost here…where did the summer go?? With this upon us, there is something you attendees need and that’s to know about what awesome sessions are at Oracle Open World from the Delphix team!  I gave my options up as is the tragedy of switching companies in late spring from Oracle, but […]

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August 31, 2016

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Copy Data Management with Delphix on Exadata

I’ve been busy reading and testing everything I can with Delphix, whenever I get a chance.  I’m incredibly fascinated by copy data management and the idea of doing this with Exadata is nothing new, as Oracle has it’s own version with sparse copy.  The main challenge is that Exadata’s version of this is kind of […]

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Will the Real Revolutionary in Data Virtualization Please, Stand Up

While chatting on slack the other day, one of my peers asked if I’d seen that ESG Global had done a write up on Veritas Velocity.  Velocity is a product that won’t be available until the end of 2016 and is considered “Alpha”.  I was surprised that anyone allowed to participate in Alpha was able to publish a description […]

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