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Log Buffer #219, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

There are plethora of thrilling business software trends on the horizon as the summer of 2011 starts. Many of these will significantly impact IT organizations seeking to align IT operations with business objectives. Awareness of such trends can help you to keep ahead of the competition. What better way to get abreast of these trends in a nutshell than the Log Buffer? Log Buffer #219 is in your hands to enjoy.

Log Buffer #218, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Oracle’s assault on the global market goes on with full might and as it adds new products in it’s array, SQL Server also strives hard to get the attention of people through various public appearances, and MySQL is also not behind as its growing array of bloggers marches on. This week’s Log Buffer casts a shadow on some selective blogs from these three technology in its latest edition Log Buffer #218.

MySQL at Collaborate: Bittersweet Success

As the MySQL track coordinator for Collaborate and having attended and spoken at the O’Reilly MySQL conference in previous years, I have my own feedback about this year’s Collaborate.  This post goes through why I planned the track the way I did, what really happened, and my recommendations for the future. The summary comes down…

Announcing the Flash Cache Query Tool for Oracle Exadata

Pythian is pleased to announce the new Flash Cache Query Tool for Oracle Exadata, developed by our Senior Consultant, and Oracle ACE, Christo Kutrovsky. This tool will be most valuable for Exadata DBAs and Exadata Architects that are trying to understand if the Oracle Exadata Flash Cache is used as envisioned.

Log Buffer #217, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Clouds are dispersing and the sun has started shining through. On the IT horizon, the cloud of Amazon has also dispersed and that is the biggest news of the previous week. Well clouds are elastic and they congregate and become solid after dispersion, and so Amazon will be fine too. And our blogosphere is fine too and here is the latest report about them in this week’s edition Log Buffer #217.

What’s in your Exadata Smart Flash Cache?

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to monitor what’s in the Smart Flash Cache. Oracle only provided a “list flashcachecontent” command in the cellcli tool, it has no summarization options, and only displays object numbers. So I wrote this handy tool which lets you query the cell flash content on all cells, similarly, you can query the buffer cache (db_cache) contents in v$bh.

Exadata SIG, London April 18th

My presentation was on an Oracle Exadata implementation that we carried out and that I support on an ongoing basis. The presentation went well and everyone seemed to enjoy it, there were plenty of questions afterwards. We even managed to start a room discussion on columnar compression. The last presentation of the day was from Stewart Bryson on Agile DW with Exadata and OBIEE. All in all, an excellent day which was well run by UKOUG.

Log Buffer #216, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Log Buffer has become the mainstream carnival of the Oracle blogosphere. Technological advances in Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server and other database systems, more and more conferences, and increasing numbers of bloggers are making log buffering more and more interesting, and this week’s edition Log Buffer #216 is a clear manifestation of that.

Handling Human Errors

I saw an Interesting question on preventing human error posted on the DBA Managers Forum discussions today. I typed my thoughts and as I was finishing, I thought that it makes sense to post it on the blog too, so here we go…

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