Business Insights
Business Insights

Announcement: Pythian Achieves Google Cloud Platform Partner Specialization in Data Analytics

March 7, 2017

San Francisco, CA (Google NEXT) – March 7, 2017 – Pythian, a 400-person global IT services company that helps businesses adopt disruptive technologies to better compete, announced today that it has achieved the newly announced Google Cloud Partner Specialization in…

Announcement: Pythian Achieves Google Cloud Premier Partner Status

March 2, 2017

Pythian to showcase cloud-based analytics and data solutions at Google NEXT Ottawa, ON – March 2, 2017 – Pythian, a 400-person global technology services company that helps businesses adopt disruptive technologies to better compete, announced today that it has achieved…

Grow and Innovate Your Business with Powerful Analytics with Cassandra and Spark (Part 1)

April 19, 2017

Organizations are tapping into increasingly sophisticated analytics techniques to improve opportunities for growth, innovation and competitive advantage. Organizations are increasing the sophistication of their analytics strategies to improve opportunities for growth, innovation and to take a competitive advantage. The analytics…

Hadoop as Part of Your Big Data Strategy

April 6, 2017

If you’re thinking about moving from a traditional relational database management system (RDBMS), you should consider Apache™ Hadoop®—because your competitors probably are. According to Gartner, Hadoop joined the mainstream in 2016. And Allied Research says the Hadoop market will likely…

Protect Your Most Valuable Systems from Ransomware Attacks with These Three Tips

March 30, 2017

Recent ransomware security breaches have held many companies hostage for their data. These incidents have brought to light the importance of understanding how to mitigate these threats while protecting your most valuable systems. With the fresh sting of more than…

Top 5 Things You Can Do to Survive a Cloud Outage Unscathed

March 2, 2017

There are very few of us who aren’t impacted when major cloud service providers experience failures. Either our productivity is affected when cloud-based business tools go down, or we are inconvenienced when consumer services like video or music streaming are…

5 key skills you should expect from your DBA team in the era of cloud

February 21, 2017

Do businesses have the right skills and expertise internally to take full advantage of both the tactical and strategic benefits of the cloud? To help you determine what skills are needed on your team, we’ve developed a list of 5 key skills of modern DBAs in the era of cloud. And for a complete picture of what cloud means for your DBA team, Warner Chaves, one of Pythian’s principal consultants, has written a white paper outlining how database management is different in the cloud, and the key skills the modern DBA must have.

Four Tips for Migrating Your Enterprise Applications to AWS

January 4, 2017

Learn our four tips for migrating your enterprise applications to a cloud platform like AWS.

Pythian’s Top Five Business Blogs of 2016

December 28, 2016

From upgrades and cloud migration to Pokémon Go and the modern DBA role, Pythian bloggers had plenty on their minds in 2016. Sit back and enjoy these top performing posts from our business blog, and let us know what you’d like…

LISA16 Conference Highlights: Change is Coming!

December 12, 2016

Chris Stankaitis, Team Manager, Site Reliability Engineering at Pythian, reflects on the theme of change at LISA16.

Pythian Next Generation Service Strategy Attracts New IT Leadership

November 28, 2016

Pythian, a global technology company that helps businesses adopt and manage disruptive technologies to better compete, is pleased to welcome Matthew Abarbanel and Marc St. Louis to the Pythian team. As VP of Technology Services, Matthew Abarbanel is responsible for…

Microsoft’s Latest Announcement Gives You More Reasons to Upgrade to SQL Server 2016

November 24, 2016

Find out what Microsoft’s announcement around the SQL Server 2016 upgrade means for you.

Five Things to Know Before Migrating Your Data Warehouse to Google BigQuery

November 23, 2016

Find out if Google BigQuery is the right tool for what you want to do and how to migrate your data into it.

Goals for my Clients in 2017

November 7, 2016

Warner Chaves outline the goals he is setting for his clients in 2017.

Will Oracle Fly Higher Than Amazon in Cloud?

October 28, 2016

Can Oracle rise up to meet Amazon’s success in the cloud? Fahd Mirza makes the case for Oracle Cloud.

Going PaaS? Think Google Cloud Platform for big data.

October 26, 2016

How to know when your enterprise needs a platform-as-a-service and why Google Cloud Platform is a good option.

What New Storage Classes from Google Mean for Your Business

October 21, 2016

What new Google Cloud Storage options, including Regional, Multi-regional, Nearline and Coldline, mean for businesses

Pythian Announces New Board of Directors

October 17, 2016

New Board Positions Pythian For Next Level Success In IT Driven Business Landscape Ottawa, ON – October 17, 2016 – Pythian, a global IT company that helps businesses adopt and manage disruptive technologies to better compete, is pleased to announce…

Join Us For Breakfast At PASS Summit 2016

October 7, 2016

With PASS SUMMIT 2016 around the corner, we’re gearing up for a special Pythian and ScaleArc co-sponsored breakfast presentation you won’t want to miss. Be our guest for breakfast, and find out about the best practices for improving uptime and…

Pythian Now Offers Google BigQuery Services To Its Enterprise Customers

September 29, 2016

Pythian is equipped to plan, implement and manage enterprise migrations to Google Cloud Platform and help enterprises take advantage of BigQuery’s capabilities, utilizing Google Cloud Platform Qualified Solutions Developers and Data Analysts.

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Technical Track
Technical Track

Blazing Disk IO with Java

April 24, 2017

It’s well known that mmap helps to improve performance in particular use-cases (especially if your working set fits an available memory). This doesn’t mean that the file itself has to fit memory. mmaps provides real benefits over the other IO…

Simple Steps to Perform opatch Maintenance with Ansible

April 24, 2017

Like the Universe, IT growth seems to be infinite, we always have more environments, more servers, more users, more disk usage, more databases to manage and it won’t stop. In fact, we are pretty sure that this expansion is going…

Log Buffer #509: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

April 21, 2017

This log buffer edition covers Oracle, MySQL, and SQL Server.

Grow and Innovate Your Business with Powerful Analytics with Cassandra and Spark (Part 1)

April 19, 2017

Organizations are tapping into increasingly sophisticated analytics techniques to improve opportunities for growth, innovation and competitive advantage. Organizations are increasing the sophistication of their analytics strategies to improve opportunities for growth, innovation and to take a competitive advantage. The analytics…

Azure SQL Managed Instance: New Member of the Family!

April 19, 2017

SQL Server is one of Microsoft’s strongest enterprise software products. Both in terms of revenue and industry reputation, it is widely adopted for its ease of use while at the same time offering high end features in terms of security,…

Error ORA-01033 After Doing a Switchover in a 12.1 RAC Environment

April 13, 2017

The other day I did a switchover in a RAC environment , which went pretty smooth , but after doing the switchover in the primary, I kept getting the following error: SELECT dest_name,STATUS,error FROM gv$archive_dest_status WHERE dest_id=2;   DEST_NAME ——————————————————————————–…

Datascape Podcast Episode 7 – Discussing Data Governance with Dennis Walker

April 10, 2017

In this episode we discuss the ins and outs of data governance with Dennis Walker. We’ll cover why it’s important, how it’s changed and how to get started.

Hadoop as Part of Your Big Data Strategy

April 6, 2017

If you’re thinking about moving from a traditional relational database management system (RDBMS), you should consider Apache™ Hadoop®—because your competitors probably are. According to Gartner, Hadoop joined the mainstream in 2016. And Allied Research says the Hadoop market will likely…

Using Transportable Tablespaces with Partitioned Tables

April 6, 2017

Overview In this post I will explain how to transfer a partitioned table using transportable tablespaces on MySQL 5.6. Note that the operation is not officially supported until MySQL 5.7, as the discard tablespace operation will fail if it is…

Bushy Join Trees in Oracle 12.2

April 4, 2017

There are multiple optimizer features introduced in the Oracle Database 12.2 Release. Bushy Join Trees is the one that I’ll be demonstrating in this post. First, I’ll create four tables with two indexes: CREATE TABLE t1 AS SELECT rownum n1,…

Pythian at MariaDB’s First-Ever User Conference: M|17

April 3, 2017

MariaDB is hosting M|17, its first-ever user conference on April 11-12, 2017 in New York City. If you’re attending, be sure to check out these great Pythian sessions: Wednesday April 12 1:10pm-2:00pm – Lessons Learned: Running database services on DC/OS,…

Log Buffer #508: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

April 3, 2017

This Log Buffer Edition covers Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

Experiments with MySQL 5.7’s Online Buffer Pool Resize

March 30, 2017

One of the interesting features introduced in MySQL 5.7 is that innodb_buffer_pool_size is a dynamic variable (since 5.7.5, to be more specific). Yet, past experience tells us that just because a variable is dynamic, it does not make it is…

How to Patch an Exadata (Part 6) – Timing

March 28, 2017

Quick links to Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6     6: Timing Now that we know how to patch every component and the different options available to do…

How to Patch an Exadata (Part 5) – Troubleshooting

March 28, 2017

Quick links to Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6     5: Troubleshooting In this post I’ll be sharing a few issues that we faced and sorted out. From…

How to Patch an Exadata (Part 4) – The Rollback Procedure

March 28, 2017

Quick links to Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6     4: The Rollback Procedure You will most likely never need to rollback any patch on an Exadata but…

How to Patch an Exadata (Part 3) – Grid and Database OH Patching

March 28, 2017

Quick links to Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6

How to Patch an Exadata (Part 2) – Cells, IB and DB Servers

March 28, 2017

Quick links to Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 3: The patching procedure 3.1 Patching the Cells (aka Storage Servers)     3.1.0 – Information All actions must be…

How to Patch an Exadata (Part 1) – Introduction and Prerequisites

March 28, 2017

Once you have installed your new Exadata machine will come a time where you’ll be asked : “shouldn’t we patch the Exadata” ? And the answer is “yes, definitely“.   Indeed, Oracle releases huges (~ 10 GB) “Quarterly Full Stack” patches (aka…

Datascape Podcast Episode 6 – Discussing Google Next Conference with John Laham

March 21, 2017

Today on the show we are talking to John Laham about the Google Cloud Next Conference which took place earlier this month in San Francisco. John currently works at Pythian as a Cloud Solution Architect focusing primarily on the Google…

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

Pythian Named One of Canada’s Top Employers for the Fourth Consecutive Year

April 25, 2017

Ottawa, ON– April 25, 2017 Pythian, a global IT services company that helps businesses compete by adopting disruptive technologies, announced today that it has been named one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers for the fourth consecutive year, a…

2017 Annual Open Source Database Community Dinner in Santa Clara

April 17, 2017

Once again, Pythian is organizing the traditional Open Source Database Community dinner in Santa Clara! When: Tuesday April 25, 7pm-10pm Where: David’s Restaurant, a short 5-minute walk from the Santa Clara Convention center. Tickets: Register here! Among the attendees will…

Collaborate 17 – Las Vegas, Pythian is Comin’ for Ya!

March 10, 2017

There are endless reasons to attend the upcoming Collaborate 17 conference (April 2 – April 6).  They include, but are not limited to, the following: Three of Oracle’s biggest and most influential users groups are hosting the event (shout out…

Pythian at the PerconaLive 2017 Open Source Database Conference

March 1, 2017

With PerconaLive 2017 coming up in a couple of months, go ahead and get excited! The conference is being held in Santa Clara, California from April 24-28, 2017. While you’re there, be sure to add these Pythian sessions to your…

Five Reasons Businesses Should Consider Pythian in 2017

January 24, 2017

Hilary Smith and Sarah Killoran discuss why businesses should work with Pythian in 2017.

Pythian: More Than Just a Co-op

January 23, 2017

Megan Macphee writes about her co-op experience in the Pythian HR department.

Pythian Opens New European Office in London

January 18, 2017

Pythian is expanding its global footprint in Europe with a new larger office in the tech hub of London and a significant investment in sales and technical resources. Pythian’s revenue from its European region has grown by more than 150%…

2016 Last Minute DBA Holiday Gift Guide

December 16, 2016

Do you have a hard-to-buy-for DBA on your list? Whether you’re a manager looking for something to give your talented people, or someone with a special DBA in your life, we know it’s not always easy to choose the right…

Being a Pythianite

September 26, 2016

  It has been seven months since I started working for Pythian and it doesn’t feel like it at all. The main reason is the full time work from home option that we enjoy here. I couldn’t agree more when my…

Aim for Exceptional: Reflecting on my Employment at Pythian

August 5, 2016

Shawn Melton, SQL Server Database Consultant at Pythian, discusses how his employment at Pythian differs from past jobs, and why.

Embracing Lifelong Learning In The IT Industry

June 20, 2016

Alejandro Cordero, Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, discusses the importance of lifelong learning in the IT industry.

Pythian Sponsors Another Successful Technovation Challenge!

May 30, 2016

Stephanie Caron, Marketing Manager at Pythian and Ottawa Chapter Program Coordinator for Technovation, talks about the conclusion of this year’s event.

What’s Holding You Back From Giving Back?

April 15, 2016

Heidi Hauver, VP of HR at Pythian, reflects on the importance of giving during National Volunteer Week.

There’s more to IT than just coding

March 15, 2016

Stephanie Caron, Marketing Manager at Pythian, and Ottawa Chapter Program Coordinator for Technovation, updates us on the 2016 Technovation program so far.

Sources of Inspiration on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016

Heidi Hauver, Vice President of Human Resources as Pythian, shares her sources on inspiration on International Women’s Day.

Learning To Be Present

February 25, 2016

Heidi Hauver, VP of Human Resources, writes about her journey of mindfulness, and learning to be present in her daily life.

The Value of Pythian’s Internship Program

February 19, 2016

Software Development Intern Roni Peled writes about his experience in the Pythian Internship Program.

The Little Big Company With The Huge Heart

February 17, 2016

Tara Ghazouly, Pythian Sales Representative, talks about the many random acts of kindness she’s experienced in Pythian’s Ottawa office.

My Virtual Internship with Pythian

January 28, 2016

Claudia Cornali-Motta, project management virtual intern, shares her experiences at Pythian, and her excitement around the Pythia Program.

Pythian – Through the Eyes of a CO-OP Student

January 11, 2016

Joseph Baroud, Human Resources co-op student at Pythian, provides the next wave of interns a candid perspective on what it’s like to experience the Pythian culture first hand.

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