Upgrade Exadata to

I’ve recently done two Exadata upgrades to and want to share the experience. I hope this short note will help someone to make the decision, calculate an estimation, and prepare for maintenance. I am going to talk about upgrade from the version BP10 to BP2.

Oracle Database Appliance as a Consolidation Platform

I had the chance to talk to several Oracle Database Appliance users at the annual Collaborate 2012 conference last month in Las Vegas. A common theme in these discussions, as well as discussions with Pythian clients, is an interest in using the ODA as a large-scale consolidation platform. I found this interesting and decided to dig a little further.

My First Experience Running SLOB – Status Update 2 (first results)

I think the results we got so far may surprise you. At lease they don’t seem to be the results +Alex Gorbachev and +Kevin Closson expected to see. You can find the first related blog post here. It will give you the necessary context for further reading. Just to recap: +Kevin Closson says that “Orion may give It’s VERY easy to get huge Orion nums but reasonable SLOB” and +Alex Gorbachev says that “lots of the system IO bound below the CPU level so you should see similar number with Orion or SLOB”. Let’s see what the first results revealed.

Log Buffer #271, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

They say that “April showers bring May flowers”. Basically, nature brings different things in different colors aimed at improvement. That is also true for the blogging world. This Log Buffer Edition brings out different blog posts to improve the Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL worlds, so enjoy!

Hardware Component Failures – Survey Results

When preparing for the the IOUG Collaborate 12′s deep dive on deploying Oracle Databases for High Availability, I wanted to provide some feedback on which hardware components are failing most and least frequently. I believe I have a reasonably good idea of the answer, but I thought that providing some more objective data would be better. I couldn’t find results from a more scientific research, so I decided to organize a poll. This blog post shows the results, which I promised to share with several groups.

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