Posts by Alex Gorbachev
Pythian DBA’s have daily reports for each monitored database and some of the components are using charts to visualize the data. I’m a big fan of charts myself (when applied appropriately) and want to show how you can generate simple charts directly from the database. You’d be very surprised how easy it can be done from *any* database without installing any additional software or configuring something special.
I apologize for off-topic on this blog but I think it’s important…Victoria experienced unprecedented bushfire this month taking lives of almost 180 (the list is growing) people and leaving thousands without homes. This disaster left tears on everyone’s faces even outside of Australia. If you would like to show the compassion and provide some help there are few ways. One of them is to contribute to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal 2009. You don’t have to be in Australia to do that — you just need to have a big heart and few bucks to share.
Last week, I was at the NetApp office in North Sydney for the presentation on NetApp SnapManager for Oracle. It was good opportunity to learn more about NetApp snapshots while working on a project for one of our clients in Sydney. It was an especially interesting topic as I have some experience using Veritas Checkpoints. I learned that NetApp can provide access to the same LUNs via either Fiber-Channel (FC) or iSCSI. And this is when the interesting argument surfaced.
During the Premier Support time-frame, Oracle is committed to providing interim patches for the most current patchset (and if you can persuade them, even for older patchsets). Oracle 10.1 is only supported as part of Extended Support, a purchasable option providing customers with an option to get one-off patches for their critical issues.
I can’t stand this anymore so here it goes…We have just hired one more DBA in our Sydney office (welcome Andre!) and we need a new mobile phone. We were trying to contact Vodafone representatives multiple times today starting early morning but they keep saying that their system is down and they cannot subscribe us to anything or validate our previous requests. They also confirmed that they lost many customers today — well, most of today’s new customers for sure and pissed of quite a few existing clients.
Hello everyone! Before I move to the seasonal greetings, let me share some exciting news. 2008 was quite remarkable for Pythian and, in addition to our ongoing success and growth, we established Pythian Europe back in May. To top it off, we have now laid the foundation for Pythian East Asia Pacific. Pythian Australia Pty Ltd was incorporated and started official operations in Australia this month, taking over service delivery for the region. We have a few local clients and already signed some new ones, so this is quite an exciting beginning.
You should be able to find me in few places – OakTable, Pythian booth or wandering between the halls as well as sitting on few session. Oh, almost forgot to say that I had great evening last night and it was a pleasure to catch up with everyone at the Focus Pubs and later and the Tap & Spile. I should mention that Scottish table was my favorite at the Focus Pubs as they had the best drinks around
We decided to join forces with Open Query in sponsoring the Open Source Developer’s Conference 2008 in Sydney that has just started. Here is Arjen’s blog post about it – you can find the details of his presentations there. What’s Pythian has to do with open source? If you read this blog you already know that quite a few MySQL community leaders and active contributors are working at Pythian and I’m very proud to have such colleagues. You might also know that Pythian’s John Scoles maintains DBD::Oracle Perl package and that MySQL Monitoring Plug-in for Oracle Grid Control written by your humble servant.
My presentation was on the first day, right after the keynote, and following my habit of reviewing the slides before the show, I spent this keynote hour one-to-one with my MacBook. My few jokes on the initial slides were not as good as they would be with larger audience but, at least, resulted in smiles so I guess I can call it success to a certain degree. The presentation itself went well I think but I wasn’t too trilled about it and there are few places I want to change before I present it at Gold Coast. Well, live and learn. read more about my experience at AUSOUG here.
My session is the first in the schedule — right after the keynote. The presentation is titled “Oracle ASM 11g: The Evolution”. It will be the first time I’m presenting on this topic and, surprise-surprise, it’s almost ready as I kept working on it on the plane and in the hotel yesterday. I know, I know — having your presentation ready two days in advance is unusual. Shame on me. But I’ll make it up and change the slides completely tonight and tomorrow morning — no worries.