Author: Alex Gorbachev

{Expensive | High-End | Modern} SANs Never Fail… Not!

How many times have we heard the assurance of storage administrators (fueled by the SAN vendor’s claims) that their top-of-the-shelf SAN arrays simply cannot fail. Unfortunately, reality proves this wrong and we see it regularly with our customers. At the moment of this writing, one of our DBA teams has just completed failover to the standby database as a result of a database crash caused by a SAN issue. Is there a silver bullet? Well, not as solution but as a concept, yes — simply admit that SANs do fail — this what should drive infrastructure design for business continuity. Actually, I should extrapolate it to another design principle — everything fails, but that’s another story.

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Hotsos Symposium 2010 — Dallas, I’m Coming!

What should you expect coming to the Hotsos Symposium 2010? It’s 3 days packed with sessions on all aspects of Oracle performance optimization whether it’s design, troubleshooting, development, methodologies and processes. Legendary Tom Kyte — who else can you expect for the keynote?! If you take an optional training day with Tanel Poder then you are likely to learn at least as much about troubleshooting Oracle database performance as you do during the conference and probably even more. Every presentation by Tanel has been an eye opener for me. If you’ve seen his material, you’d know what I’m talking about. Now, imagine that it’s not a one-hour session but the whole day! It will fry your brains so this day is for the strongest! :)

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Pythian Goes to RMOUG Training Days 2010, Denver

I’m so much looking forward to the next conference in my schedule — RMOUG Training Days 2010. It would be only my second time I’m presenting at the RMOUG but it was enough to go there once to understand that it’s one of the top rated Oracle User Group conferences in the world. Some of the great speakers are presenting and registration fees are very low compare to other events of comparable quality. If your conference budget is low this year — that’s the conference you don’t want to miss!

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Pythian is now an Oracle Platinum Partner in OPN Specialized

The all new OPN Specialized Program was officially launched on the 2nd of December, 2009. The very next day, we became one of the first OPN Specialized Platinum level partners. Maybe the very first!

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C.J. Date’s Seminar Not to Miss in January 2010

I’ve recently learned that Chris Date is giving a three days seminar. It must be one of the unique opportunities to learn from the world renown expert in relational database theory. The seminar title is “How to Write Correct SQL and Know It: A Relational Approach to SQL”. It’s focused on writing reliable SQL. While SQL has been designed as a simple access interface to relational data, it turned out to be quite complex and requires your to follow a certain disciplines to produce truly reliable SQL code — relational discipline.

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UKOUG 2009 — Server Manageability Roundtable

This is a call for topics for the upcoming Server Manageability Roundtable that I will be running at UKOUG Conference 2009 Technology and E-Business Suite. The topic is quite broad so we will obviously need to focus on the most relevant areas for the attendees and this is the chance to state your interest so please comment away! Here are the topics that I think might be particularly interested…

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New Oracle ACE at Pythian

I recently nominated my colleague and good friend Christo Kutrovsky for the Oracle ACE program. Today, I’m excited to share that he has been accepted and is now part of the community of 200+ Oracle ACEs and Oracle ACE Directors.

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Where’s Everyone Gone?

Now that our new web-site is live I’d like to do the first blog post on it!

You shouldn’t be surprised if you notice that it’s difficult to locate your DBAs in the first week of December (i.e. in just two weeks from now)! And you know why? Because you need to be looking in the right place to find them.

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UKOUG Conference Tech & EBS 2009 — The Place to Be!

Yes, it’s almost that time of the year when one of the best Oracle conferences in the world opens its doors to attendees in Birmingham — UKOUG Conference 2009: Technology & E-Business Suite. The lineup of speakers will be fantastic as usual and agenda is full of juicy bits — You will have usual troubles scheduling sessions to attend and hate to make compromises between presentations you want to see badly but that’s kind of problems you’d rather have at a good conference.

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Pythian OOW09 Diaries: Interviews

I got a special press badge this year, I felt I had to do something about it so I decided to make short interview with few people that I’m running into during this Oracle Open World. I have already blogged about my Sunday’s interviews but I created a Youtube playlist where you can see them all (use arrows on the sides).

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