Posts Categorized: Pythian

Aligning ASM Disks on Linux

Linux is a wonderful operating system. However there are a number of things that one needs to do to make sure it runs as efficiently as possible. Today, I would like to share one of them. It has to do with using ASM (Automatic Storage Manager) disks.

“DBA Worst Practices”, or, pity poor Jeff Smith

I tripped across this blog post by Jeff Smith and I have to say, this man has been scarred by what has to be the worst experience interacting with a DBA I have ever heard of. And Jeff, if this is not fiction, if this is real and you have really suffered this much – give us a call won’t you?

Review of Hotsos Symposium 2007

I enjoyed the event and the venue very much. The presentations very generally very good, and to my surprise some of them were somewhat lighter than I would expect. However, that might actually play positively in extending the audience — there are only so many freaks interested only in hardcore performance and internals.

Working as an Onsite DBA Together with Pythian

I was reading a couple of items on gapingvoid which inspired me to use our blog for a conversation with our customers (and with potential Pythian DBAs) about what it’s like to work with Pythian. What exactly does an on-site DBA get from working with Pythian Remote DBAs? Find out here.

Tips for the New DBA

Pythian has been a rapidly expanding company over the ten months I’ve been here. About a dozen new employees have come on during that time, making the total 40. I have a few observations on habits and qualities new DBAs can bring to their jobs.

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