Author: Alex Gorbachev

Nobody Killed OpenSolaris — Stop the FUD!

I’m tired reading all over the internet — Oracle taking back OpenSolaris, Open Solaris May Die?, Solaris Is Dead, Save Open Solaris, Oracle taking back OpenSolaris. I’m so sick of it! I see that some don’t even know the difference between OpenSolaris and commercial Oracle Solaris (former Sun Solaris 10)! Wake up people! Oracle did make commercial Solaris 10… eh… commercial, that is.

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Meet the First Oracle ACE Director in MySQL — Sheeri Cabral

I’m excited to share the news that Oracle ACE program has been extended to cover MySQL community now and Pythian’s Sheeri Cabral has become the very first Oracle ACE Director in MySQL expertize area. It’s a special privilege for me to blog about it because I had a pleasure to nominate Sheeri in the first place. Being an Oracle ACE Director myself and knowing what’s involved, I believed that if Oracle ACE program is extended to MySQL, Sheeri must be the number one candidate.

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Hotsos Symposium 2010 — Battle Against Any Guess Is Won

What’s unusual about this session is that it’s not some technical stuff that I usually do but a more conceptual and motivational talk. Could I pull it off? Well, I think it went fairly well in general even though I did identify few rough places and my lack of English language mastering. Might need to work a little bit more on the flow of the presentation. We had quite a few good laughs. Later, people in the next hall were asking about it and Dan was making the jokes on the stage so it must have been loud. Anyway, I think nobody fell asleep and I managed to get people thinking about the topic. I received many “thank you” notes yesterday and compliments on a good session so by the end of the day I was more and more pleased. Thanks everyone for attending and especially big thanks to those of you who brought to my attention examples from their own battles. If you have more to discuss — contact me by email (my last name) {at} pythian.com.

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Oracle 11gR2 Grid Infrastructure — Memory Footprint

Upgrading to 11g Release Grid Infrastructure? You probably want to read on…

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Live RAC SIG Web-cast Today: Oracle ASM 11g — The Evolution

ust a quick announcements…If you didn’t manage to attend my presentation, Oracle 11g ASM — The Evolution, during RMOUG or other conferences, you have a chance to see it online today. I’m doing it a web-cast at RAC SIG. It’s today, 4-Mar-10 at 12:00pm EST (9:00am PST).

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IBM Storage Fails Too Often, so Let’s Switch to EMC…NOT!

A couple weeks ago I did a short blog post about SAN storage failures and how people are blinded by all the bells and whistles that are supposed to make storage arrays 100% reliable and failsafe. My conclusion was that there is no way to avoid storage failures, and that a better way is to anticipate those failures and be ready to handle them with minimal service impact.

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RMOUG Training Days 2010 Round Up

I have really enjoyed few technical sessions that I managed to attend. I want to mention couple that I liked especially. I managed to attend the full session by Robyn Sands about adopting variance to performance troubleshooting and performance acceptance — lots of interesting goodies. have been honored to participate in the opening keynote amongst other Oracle ACEs and ACE Directors including Stanley

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Oracle ASM 11g — The Evolution (slides from RMOUG10)

Oracle Automatic Storage Management has proven to be one of the most widely adopted new features in Oracle Database 10g and it has been dramatically improved in the later 11g releases. This presentation will explain what changes are solved by ASM, how these challenges are solved, what barriers there are to ASM adoptions, and how 11g Release 2 addresses these barriers. The slides are linked here.

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RMOUG10 — Do Sharks Eat Oracle ACE’s?

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.

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How To Learn Oracle (MySQL, SQL Server, Java…)

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.

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