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Pythian at HOPE Volleyball Summerfest – Highlights

HOPE Volleyball Summerfest (Helping Other People Everywhere, Ottawa-Carleton Inc.) celebrated 30 years of fun for a cause this year. The charity has donated more than $3.5 million to over 110 charities since it began. Here are a few highlights from Team Pythian at HOPE on July 14th. It was a great day!

A Few Thoughts on OSCon and the Open Source Community

This past week I attended OSCon, the annual conference for open source’s true believers. And there was a religious fervor in the air, particularly from the point of view of someone more accustomed to Oracle conferences. The companies generating buzz were the small companies built around development of their own open source products. There are a surprising number of them out there, especially relating to multiple forks of a popular product like MySQL or Hadoop.

Palomino Evaluates Amazon’s New High I/O SSD Instances

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently introduced a new storage layer with SSD as its backend. Because their previous EBS storage has been challenging in the areas of I/O throughput and stability, we were extremely excited to run comparative benchmarks to offer a recommendation for customers considering upgrading to SSD. The opportunity to expand I/O throughput…

Varys’ Little Birds

One of the great joys of Perl and CPAN is how it allows you to stand on the shoulders of giants. By picking the right tools, applications that are not that trivial can be built in a matter of days, if not hours. The goal of today’s little project is to demonstrate that very thing. Grab a helmet and put your mouth-piece on, for this time I aim to do nothing other than blow your mind to awestruck smithereens.

Exploring Configuration Management with Ansible

What is Ansible? Ansible is a configuration management and deployment system, like Puppet, Capistrano, Fabric, and Chef. Its aim is to be radically simple and let you use your existing scripts to help with cluster configuration and software deployment whenever possible. Here are the ways that Ansible differentiates itself. Simplicity Ansible does not include a client/server…

Log Buffer #278, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Some parts of the world are going through winter in swing while others are savoring summer (or suffering through it!). This variation in weather is beautifully in-sync with the variety of blog posts sprouting all over the web, especially regarding database technology. This mixed flavor of database blogs is captured once again by this Log Buffer Edition.

How to Deal with Jobs Belonging to Other Users

This is not the first time I have run into this issue – in the past I (and who knows how many more Oracle DBAs) have had to deal with handling jobs from a different user, which usually ends in a big error. The answer to my prayers was the undocumented dbms_ijob package.

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