Some people call it day 1 but the user group forum on Sunday is so packed with information it is really day 1. The exhibit hall opened naturally on Monday and the chachka-hunters were out in force. I did my customary vendor hall walkabout with Greg for a bit and it was pretty much same-old same-old. I did not recognize all the booths but the ever-popular perennial vendors were everywhere to be seen. The evening was occupied by the Friends of Pythian event and it was well attended by colleagues, partners, and client representative.
Tuesday morning at OOW is always occupied by this forum, an opportunity for authors and other persons to receive heads up on what’s coming down the pipe from Oracle. The following notes are musings from yours truly as I attended the forum today.
Yesterday night, under the backdrop of the magnificent Golden Gate bridge of San Fransisco, Oracle lived up to its name and honored the Oracle ACEs and ACE Directors from all across the world. Lillian and her team did a wonderful job of bringing together almost all the great names in the Oracle World, and it was really nice for me to put so many names to the faces.
I hope that by now you’ve all heard about the fun that is pluggable databases. Oracle 12c will allow you to have multiple databases within the same instance. It is not often that Oracle makes a major architecture change that opens new possibilities. As a consultant it is certainly exciting, I can now imagine new and better-than-ever solutions for my customers.
The day was action packed with sessions and I presented my Oracle rman:Don’t Forget the Basics to an enthusiastic crowd in Moscone west. The room was close to full with some hanging out at the back. It has been a while since I have presented in a room so close to being full. There was a handful of questions and comments during the session and a group of attendees approached me to follow-up afterwards.
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has announced a new, smaller member to the Exadata X3 H2M2 family: the eighth rack. It’s targeted at environments that are too small for a quarter rack. Here are my thoughts.
Another interesting day today, I was attending the keynotes and I have found them quite interesting. Specially the way Tweeter use MySQL to build-up a nosql solution, jokes a side I take few notes on things I must analyze and dig in. Interesting one was also the introduction of the Paypal models, which brings me to attend the presentation later on. Presentation was well constructed and with some good theoretical work, but I was quite disappointed, I found the presentation incomplete, and missing real numbers for the MySQL Cluster NDB setup.
Tonight at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced the latest Exadata release: X3. It sports a hardware refresh including a big expansion in RAM and flash storage capacity: 4TB and 22TB respectively on a full rack. Read my thoughts on this here.
One of Pythian’s clients in attendance was curious what Sunday at OOW is all about and I let the others in the lounge respond first then offered my 2 cents. There are actually two different perspectives from the presentations at OOW: