Oracle

My SLOB IO Testing Index

As SLOB takes the IO testing on Oracle Instance level, you need to watch for several things before you declare official testing results. My suggestion is: Don’t take any result for granted. You need to assess those before stating that you are done.

My First Experience Running SLOB – Don’t Repeat My Errors (AWR)

If you are wondering what I have been busying myself with, this post explains it. As you may have noticed, I am still testing one of the Oracle systems using the SLOB framework and learning on my way. I ran several tests with the same parameters (Readers 24) and noticed that for one reason or another awr.txt reports different runtimes.
I was wondering why I was getting inconsistent runtimes for similar conditions. The answer to the mystery was very simple: The runit.sh script just generates awr.txt reports for the last and before last awr snapshots.

Insider’s Guide to ODA Performance

If you are interested in the topic of ODA performance but missed the webinar or if you want to hear it again, you can view our recording here. I also uploaded the slides to slideshare, so you can take a better look at our benchmark results and study our consolidation methods at your own pace.

Upgrade Exadata to 11.2.0.3

I’ve recently done two Exadata upgrades to 11.2.0.3 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 11.2.0.2 BP10 to 11.2.0.3 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.

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