Watch: In-Memory Option for Oracle 12c

Back in September at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Larry Ellison announced the Oracle Database In-Memory Option to Oracle 12c. Today, one of Pythian’s Advanced Technology Consultants, Christo Kutrovsky shares his thoughts on the new feature in our latest video. Stay tuned for updates while it’s being tested out in the field.

Developing a Data Infrastructure Sourcing Strategy

Today’s blog post is the second of three in a series dedicated to data infrastructure outsourcing, with excerpts from our latest white paper. The trends in our first blog post reveal that enterprises are looking for outside help with their data infrastructure not to reduce costs, but to: Improve service quality Increase productivity Access specialized…

Data toons: Cirque du DBA

It’s not uncommon for database administrators (DBAs) to feel like ring masters at the circus. But what happens when you free up in-house DBAs by outsourcing database management? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at

What Does oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall Not Do?

I was working on a project to clone Oracle install to a new Linux server and this should be simple as oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall RPM can be used to configure the server, right? So simple that I did not read the documentation. However, I did review Requirements for Installing Oracle 11gR2 RDBMS on RHEL6 or OL6 64-bit…

Why is Affinity Mask Negative in sp_configure?

While looking at a SQL server health report, I found affinity mask parameter in sp_configure output showing a negative value. name                                minimum     maximum     config_value run_value ———————————– ———– ———– ———— ———– affinity mask                       -2147483648 2147483647  -1066394617  -1066394617 Affinity mask is a SQL Server configuration option which is used to assign processors to specific threads for improved…

Sticky: The Growing Trend Toward Data Infrastructure Outsourcing

Outsourcing White Paper graphic - blog post

Today’s blog post is the first of three in a series dedicated to data infrastructure outsourcing, with excerpts from our latest white paper. Despite the strong push to outsource corporate functions that began more than two decades ago, many IT shops have been hesitant to outsource their data management requirements. Generally, the more mission-critical the…

Oracle RMAN Restore to the Same Machine as the Original Database

Among the most critical but often most neglected database administration tasks is testing restore from backup. But sometimes, you don’t have a test system handy, and need to test the restore on the same host as the source database. In such situations, the biggest fear is overwriting the original database. Here is a simple procedure…

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