Blackbird TechTalks v2.0 – Eddie Garcia

In April, we welcomed Eddie Garcia, the VP of Information Security and ex-Architect at to join us for a chat about Cassandra. In this talk, he starts the discussion with the AWS configurations he’s seen perform best in real life for running Cassandra. There are a lot of choices you can make when spinning…

Watch: Hadoop in the Cloud

The Pythian team has received many questions about big data in the cloud, and specifically about Hadoop. Pythian CTO, Alex Gorbachev shares some of his recommendations in our latest video:

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…

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