Posts by Alex Gorbachev
Denver Convention Center at the Oracle ACEs and ACE Directors Breakfast at 7:50am. This is your chance to ask any questions you want and get honest answers on anything from Oracle databases and Fusion Apps to diving with sharks and anything in between. Also consider dropping by the OakTable / Apress booth to have a more private conversation with members of the OakTable Network. Traditional OakTable Challenge begins again tomorrow so if you think you have a tricky question around Oracle databases — by all means let us know.
Today I’ve read the following email on the mailing list of Sydney Oracle Meetup. I thought that this question is asked many times in attempt to find a silver bullet to learning Oracle so I wanted to publish my reply here on the blog, especially, that I’m a firm believer in one silver bullet that exists — there are no silver bullets.
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.
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! :)
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!
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.