Oracle ASM 11g — The Evolution (slides from RMOUG10)

Oracle Automatic Storage Management has proven to be one of the most widely adopted new features in Oracle Database 10g and it has been dramatically improved in the later 11g releases. This presentation will explain what changes are solved by ASM, how these challenges are solved, what barriers there are to ASM adoptions, and how 11g Release 2 addresses these barriers. The slides are linked here.

Product management, effective developers, and the future of MySQL

Here’s the future of MySQL, Drizzle, Monty Program, the Percona fork, etc. The best product management strategies… should we be lightweight for the web, plug-in oriented like Drizzle? Should we follow Monty’s giant-killing roadmap? Should we focus on performance-oriented patches? The best product management strategies will win. They can’t win alone. Will they be backed by appropriate investments from effective developers? Effective developers are the ones who convert winning product management strategies into working products. You can’t get there without them and I’ve seen lots of great strategies fail that test (including my own actually). And there can be more than one winner.

Oracle GoldenGate Installation, Part 1

I want to introduce several post about Oracle GoldenGate (GG), a relatively new replication software from Oracle. This first post is about installating GG software and creating the simplest replication using only the “extract” and “replicat” processes. Lets start the installation.

RMOUG10 — Do Sharks Eat Oracle ACE’s?

Denver Convention Center at the Oracle ACEs and ACE Directors Breakfast at 7:50am. This is your chance to ask any questions you want and get honest answers on anything from Oracle databases and Fusion Apps to diving with sharks and anything in between. Also consider dropping by the OakTable / Apress booth to have a more private conversation with members of the OakTable Network. Traditional OakTable Challenge begins again tomorrow so if you think you have a tricky question around Oracle databases — by all means let us know.

Pythian Launches ISV Partner Program

Pythian has launched a Partner Program to assist Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), whose applications have intensive database requirements. We assist their client base by helping them correctly plan, deploy, and manage the underlying database infrastructure, be it MySQL, Oracle or SQL Server, to ensure the ISV customers’ software environment is sound, and performs well over time.

How To Learn Oracle (MySQL, SQL Server, Java…)

Today I’ve read the following email on the mailing list of Sydney Oracle Meetup. I thought that this question is asked many times in attempt to find a silver bullet to learning Oracle so I wanted to publish my reply here on the blog, especially, that I’m a firm believer in one silver bullet that exists — there are no silver bullets.

{Expensive | High-End | Modern} SANs Never Fail… Not!

How many times have we heard the assurance of storage administrators (fueled by the SAN vendor’s claims) that their top-of-the-shelf SAN arrays simply cannot fail. Unfortunately, reality proves this wrong and we see it regularly with our customers. At the moment of this writing, one of our DBA teams has just completed failover to the standby database as a result of a database crash caused by a SAN issue. Is there a silver bullet? Well, not as solution but as a concept, yes — simply admit that SANs do fail — this what should drive infrastructure design for business continuity. Actually, I should extrapolate it to another design principle — everything fails, but that’s another story.

Hotsos Symposium 2010 — Dallas, I’m Coming!

What should you expect coming to the Hotsos Symposium 2010? It’s 3 days packed with sessions on all aspects of Oracle performance optimization whether it’s design, troubleshooting, development, methodologies and processes. Legendary Tom Kyte — who else can you expect for the keynote?! If you take an optional training day with Tanel Poder then you are likely to learn at least as much about troubleshooting Oracle database performance as you do during the conference and probably even more. Every presentation by Tanel has been an eye opener for me. If you’ve seen his material, you’d know what I’m talking about. Now, imagine that it’s not a one-hour session but the whole day! It will fry your brains so this day is for the strongest! :)

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