Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

February Edition of Oracle Database Insider now available!

 Lots of good things in this edition - be sure to check out the upcoming world-wide user meetings - those are great ways to expand your network and Oracle knowledge!

NEWS

IOUG President Michelle Malcher: Sneak Peak of COLLABORATE 14

COLLABORATE 14, the Independent Oracle Users Group conference, will take place April 7 to 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michelle Malcher, IOUG president and DBA team lead at DRW Holdings, offers a sneak preview of the conference's 1,250 panels and sessions covering the full spectrum of Oracle technology.
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2014 Meetings Kick Off with Oracle-Hosted BIWA Summit

Find out what transpired at the recent BIWA Summit, where attendees enjoyed a portfolio of content spanning data management, data mining, analytics, business intelligence, visualization, and more. And find out where to be for this year's hottest upcoming special interest and user group meetings.
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New E-Book: Technical Primer for Securing Oracle Database 12c

Oracle security experts have written a new book for database administrators and security professionals who want to learn how to secure Oracle Databases. Written by Oracle's Paul Needham and Scott Rotondo, along with Independent Oracle Users Group President Michelle Malcher, Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer, is available as a free download.
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Friday Jan 24, 2014

Keep going on your 2014 resolution to learn more about Oracle Database and Development tools!

Register now for Oracle Technology Network's FREE Virtual Developer Day: Building and Deploying Oracle Database Apps Using Modern Techniques

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9am to 1pm PT / 12pm to 4pm ET / 3pm to 7pm BRT.



OTN has assembled an agenda of live, moderated sessions and hands-on-labs presenting the latest Oracle 12c, Big Data platform and database application development tools capabilities that ignite innovation.

This half day event is packed with content for all levels and interest:

• Oracle Database application development — Learn expert tips and tricks on how to develop applications for Oracle Database 12c and Big Data environments more effectively.


• Oracle Database platform deployment processes — From integration, to data migration, experts showcase new capabilities in Oracle
12c and Big Data environments that will allow you to deliver greater database performance and integration.

Register today

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

University Twente reduces server sprawl and improves HA with Oracle Database Appliance

Listen to Guido van de Zweerde, Senior DBA from University Twente's ICT Service Center describe how they consolidated their database server environment and improved high availability with Oracle Database Appliance.

Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Yodlee Achieves 50% Reduction in CapEx and 10 Percent Faster Performance

Yodlee Supports International Growth with the Oracle Database Appliance

Yodlee needed a data management solution to help meet its expanding customer base and meet  international privacy and regulatory requirements. The company looked at more than 15 architecture solutions and tested five for cost, performance and scalability, ease of management, and security. With results in all four categories that beat all other alternatives during a six month proof of concept, including a 20 percent increase in application transactions per second and an 11 percent improvement in average page view response time, Yodlee choose Oracle Database Appliance.

“Over the past few years, our company has seen both greater data infrastructure demands along with mounting international privacy regulations and security concerns,” said Jeff Schulte, vice president of scalability and architecture, operations, Yodlee. “Since implementing the Oracle Database Appliance, we have been able to securely manage our customers’ data, while improving performance and reducing total cost of ownership.”

About Oracle Database Appliance

Oracle Database Appliance comes complete with out-of-the-box software, hardware, database, and storage engineered for speed and simplicity. Leveraging it, Yodlee achieved 50 percent reduction in CapEx and 10 percent faster performance

Additionally, with its unique capacity-on-demand licensing model, the Oracle Database Appliance offers the company a scalable environment for future growth, including planned implementation in two additional international data centers.

Get a Closer Look at Oracle Database Appliance

A new research note from Nucleus Research takes a closer look at the specific experiences of Oracle Database Appliance customers currently using the appliance to support business-critical data and transactions.

Nucleus’s initial assessment of the Oracle Database Appliance found that companies could typically avoid 30 to 40 percent of the hardware expense needed to build a comparable platform, while accelerating time to value and increasing business flexibility.

In this research, customers exceeded their expectations with these amazing business results:

  • Accelerated monthly billing processes by 5 times
  • Reduced time to complete upgrades by 80 percent
  • Reduced support staff requirements by 60 percent
  • Avoided an 80 percent increase in 3-year software and hardware costs
  • Increased flexibility for future growth
  • Accelerated time to production by 50 times
  • Increased administrator productivity through reduced management and monitoring time
  • Accelerated revenue capture from new customers

Friday Dec 13, 2013

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 Hardware is Now Available!

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 Hardware is here!

Engineered as three separate rack-mountable components, Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 hardware provides all the performance benefits associated with the latest generation of x86 architecture and the flexibility to add additional storage.

Fully redundant servers, optional double-mirrored or triple-mirrored expandable storage, and hot swappable components, make Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 the perfect clustered database and application platform that can be easily deployed to achieve maximum availability and uptime.

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 hardware includes two independent servers and an expandable storage shelf. Each server is connected to the other with a redundant 10-GbE interconnect for cluster communication and to then to the storage shelf with redundant SAS host bus adapters. For best-in-class serviceability, there are two hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fan units in each server and 2 more in the storage shelf. 

Oracle Database Appliance helps save time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of highly-available database and application solutions. It's built using both Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), to provide a fully integrated 'engineered system' of software, servers, storage, and networking to  deliver high availability database services for a wide range of applications.

Oracle Database Appliance can be configured with as few as 2, and up to 48 processor cores.  Only license the number of cores you need, then simply add more core licenses as your workload requirements grow.

Plus you can extend high availability to your application tier with the virtualization capability that allows you to host database and application workloads on the same appliance for even greater flexibility and more cost savings.

With Appliance Manager you can simplify the deployment process with one-button automation to help ensure database configuration adheres to Oracle’s best practices. It dramatically simplifies maintenance by patching the entire appliance in one operation which includes all firmware and software. Built-in diagnostics monitor the system and detect component failures, configuration issues, and deviations from best practices.

Oracle Database X4-2 Hardware Specification:

  • Two servers, each containing two 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 processors, 256 GB of low voltage memory, redundant SAS host bus adapters, a redundant 10-GbE interconnect, and four 10-GbE public networking ports
  • Twenty 900 GB SAS Hard Disk Drives double-mirrored or triple-mirrored to provide 9 TB or 6 TB, respectively of highly-available useable shared storage. These high performing 10,000- RPM Hard Disk Drives provide accelerated database performance
  • Four 200 GB SAS Solid State Drives protected by triple-mirroring provide highly-available low latency shared storage for database redo logs
  • Two hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fan units in each server offer best-in-class serviceability and continuous system operation.
  • Two hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fan units in the storage shelf offer best-in-class serviceability and continuous system operation.
  • Redundant SAS host bus adapters in each server connecting to the storage shelf provide high-available access to the shared storage.
  • Redundant SAS modules in the storage shelf provide highly-available access to the Hard Disk Drives.
  • Each server provides four 10-GbE public networking ports.
  • ILOM and management ports for each server provide management capability and independence in operation.

To learn more about Oracle Database Appliance X4-2


Monday Dec 02, 2013

Oracle Database 12c Storage Optimization Features Automate Data Management

Karen Ambrose, Principal DBA of Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's Green Initiative, describes data growth's impact in their stem cell research project which generates lots of data that needs to be managed economically and ensure it's available to people who need it for research.  Learn how Oracle Database 12c Storage Optimization features help automate data management,  improve performance and lower costs by reducing WTSI's storage footprint.

Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Oracle BIWA Summit 2014 - Coming this January - Time to Register!


Oracle BIWA Summit 2014

January 14-16, 2014 at Oracle HQ Campus

Registration is now LIVE - Registration $399

Use discount code ORACLE12C for a limited time special pricing of $199.

Visit us at WWW.BIWASummit.com

Space is Limited-Register now!

The BIWA Summit at Oracle headquarters is rapidly approaching!   Registration for the annual Oracle Business Intelligence, Warehousing and Analytics (BIWA) Summit is now live. Sign up today to save and attend this meeting of the top minds in the Oracle technology space: users, solutions providers and thought leaders alike.


Friday Nov 15, 2013

Amerisource Bergen realizes a 60% reduction of their storage footprint in SAP environment with Oracle Advanced Compression

Listen to Milt Simonds of AmeriSource Bergen describe how Oracle Advanced Compression reduced their storage footprint in their SAP environment by 60% with no impact on performance while significantly lowering storage management costs for an ROI between 6 to 9 months.

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Oracle FLEXCUBE delivers 'Bank-in-a-Box' with Oracle Database Appliance

Another great example of how Oracle Database Appliance simplifies the deployment of high availability database solutions making it easy for Oracle Partners and ISVs to deliver value added solutions to customers on a simple, reliable and affordable database platform.

Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking recently announced that it runs on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 to deliver mid-size banks a compelling banking-in-a-box solution. With this certification, banks can benefit from a low-IT-footprint, high-performance, full-scale banking technology that is engineered to support end-to-end business requirements.

In a recent performance test of Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2, the system managed more than 2.6 million online transactions in 60 minutes. This equated to roughly 744 transactions per second with an average response time of 156 milliseconds for 98 percent of the transactions. Likewise, the solution completed end-of-month batch processing for 10 million customer accounts in 123 minutes during the performance test.

 Learn more about Oracle Database Appliance Solution-in-a-Box.


Monday Nov 04, 2013

Makes Sure To Learn About Oracle GoldenGate 12c

Whether you use, or are interested in using, Oracle GoldenGate for

  • real-time data integration
  • database upgrades or migrations, or
  • heterogeneous database replication

the recently launched GoldenGate 12c release will certainly proof very interesting for you.

To learn more about it, make sure to attend the upcoming webcast:


In addition, there are several great blog entries over at the Oracle Data Integration blog:

Oracle GoldenGate 12c - Leading Enterprise Replication

Replicating between Cloud and On-Premises using Oracle GoldenGate

Welcome Oracle Data Integration 12c: Simplified, Future-Ready Solutions with Extreme Performance 

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Engineering as a Service

Oracle Exadata Database Machine is known for great compute performance, and over the past few years, it has also become known as a great platform for any type of Oracle Database workload, from data warehousing to online transaction processing (OLTP). But now organizations are turning to Oracle Exadata for business efficiencies and private cloud solutions—for consolidation and database as a service (DBaaS).

University of Minnesota

For an inside look at how DBaaS is working in the real world, it’s worth checking into the University of Minnesota’s database hotel.  With more than 50,000 students, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis is one of the largest universities in the United States. The university’s centralized IT group not only has to support all those students but also must provide support and services to more than 40 departments and colleges within the university.

They have two Exadata Database Machine X2-2 half-rack systems from Oracle, with four database nodes each and roughly 30 terabytes of usable disk space for each of the Oracle Exadata systems. The university is using Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) for high availability and the Data Guard feature of Oracle Database, Enterprise Edition, for disaster recovery capabilities. The deployment has been live in production since May 2011.

Overhead Door

When it comes to overhead, revolving, sliding, or other specialty residential and commercial doors, Overhead Door is the worldwide leader. But when they needed to open doors with their customers through a better, faster, and more agile IT infrastructure, Overhead Door turned to Oracle and Oracle Exadata.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine plays an important part in Overhead Door’s IT and business strategy. The organization has two Exadata Database Machine X2-2s deployed, one in production and one in development and testing

Read the full Oracle Magazine article Engineering as a Service

Tuesday Oct 22, 2013

Top Questions and Answers for Pluging into Oracle Database as a Service

On Monday, October 21st we hosted an online forum that shared a comprehensive path to help your organization design, deploy, and deliver a Database as a Service cloud.

If you missed the online forum, you can watch it on demand by registering here.

We received numerous questions.  Below are highlights of the most informative:

DBaaS requires a lengthy and careful design efforts. What is the minimum requirements of setting up a scaled-down environment and test it out?

You should have an OEM 12c environment for DBaaS administration and then a target database deployment platform that has the key characteristics of what your production environment will look like. This could be a single server or it could be a small pool of hosts if your production DBaaS will be larger and you want to test a more robust / real world configuration with Zones and Pools or DR capabilities for example.

How does this benefit companies having their own data center?

This allows companies to transform their internal IT to a service delivery model for the database. The benefits to the company are significant cost savings, improved business agility and reduced risk. The benefits to the consumers (internal) of services if much fast provisioning, and response to change in business requirements.

From a deployment perspective, is DBaaS's job solely DBA's job?

The best deployment model enables the DBA (or end-user) to control the entire process. All resources required to deploy the service are pre-provisioned, and there are no external dependencies (on network, storage, sysadmins teams). The service is created either via a self-service portal or by the DBA.

The purpose of self service seems to be that the end user does not rely on the DBA. I just need to give him a template. He decides how much AMM he needs. Why shall I set it one by one. That doesn't seem to be the purpose of self service.

Most customers we have worked with define a standardized service catalog, with a few (2 to 5) different classes of service. For each of these classes, there is a pre-defined deployment template, and the user has the ability to select from some pre-defined service sizes. The administrator only has to create this catalog once. Each user then simply selects from the options offered in the catalog. 

Looking at DBaaS service definition, it seems to be no different from a service definition provided by a well defined DBA team. Why do you attribute it to DBaaS?

There are a couple of perspectives. First, some organizations might already be operating with a high level of standardization and a higher level of maturity from an ITIL or Service Management perspective. Their journey to DBaaS could be shorter and their Service Definition will evolve less but they still might need to add capabilities such as Self Service and Metering/Chargeback. Other organizations are still operating in highly siloed environments with little automation and their formal Service Definition (if they have one) will be a lot less mature today. Therefore their future state DBaaS will look a lot different from their current state, as will their Service Definition.

How database as a service impact or help with "Click to Compute" or deploying "Database in cloud infrastructure"

DBaaS enables Click to Compute. Oracle DBaaS can be implemented using three architecture models: Oracle Multitenant 12c, native consolidation using Oracle Database and consolidation using virtualization in infrastructure cloud. As Deploy session showed, you get higher consolidating density and efficiency using Multitenant and higher isolation using infrastructure cloud. Depending upon your business needs, DBaaS can be implemented using any of these models.

How exactly is the DBaaS different from the traditional db? Storage/OS/DB all together to 'transparently' provide service to applications? Will there be across-databases access by application/user.

Some key differences are: 1) The services run on a shared platform. 2) The services can be rapidly provisioned (< 15 minutes). 3) The services are dynamic and can be relocated, grown, shrunk as needed to meet business needs without disruption and rapidly. 4) The user is able to provision the services directly from a standardized service catalog..

With 24x7x365 databases its difficult to find off peak hrs to do basic admin tasks such as gathering stats, running backups, batch jobs. How does pluggable database handle this and different needs/patching downtime of apps databases might be serving?

You can gather stats in Oracle Multitenant the same way you had been in regular databases. Regarding patching/upgrading, Oracle Multitenant makes patch/upgrade very efficient in that you can pre-provision a new version/patched multitenant db in a different ORACLE_HOME and then unplug a PDB from its CDB and plug it into the newer/patched CDB in seconds. 

Thanks for all the great questions!  If you'd like to learn more and missed the online forum, you can watch it on demand here.

Wednesday Oct 16, 2013

Oracle Database Insider Newsletter

Keep up to date on what is happening for Oracle Database.  Our newsletter has the lastest news, technical tips, upcoming events in the industry, customer success stories and much more. 

Our October issue recaps Oracle Database at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 as well as all the buzz on Oracle Database 12c.


Monday Oct 14, 2013

Register for the Oct 21st Database as a Service Forum

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Join us for this online forum.

Monday, October 21, 2013
9 a.m.–12 p.m PT /
12 p.m.–3 p.m. ET

Enterprise IT is under increasing pressure to deliver better services to the business faster, at lower cost, and with higher quality of service. Now, there’s a new page in the CIO playbook—delivering enterprise database as a service (DBaaS).

Join this online forum to hear from analysts and experts on how companies are beginning to transform with DBaaS, and learn the prescriptive steps your organization can take to design, deploy, and deliver DBaaS today.

Event Highlights:

Keynote: “Hear from the Experts”
Hear innovators from leading organizations discuss how private cloud DBaaS is transforming the way IT departments work. The discussion encompasses a broad range of deployments including DBaaS in private clouds, community clouds and in cloud service provider portfolios.

Session 1: “Design: Increase Agility”
Discover how to design and architect a database as a service environment that will shift your organization from administering a heterogeneous set of silos to an agile and flexible database cloud.

Session 2: “Deploy: Improve Service Levels”
Get educated on how Oracle offers a complete solution for deploying a database as a service that delivers on a broad range of requirements such as simplified database consolidation, mission-critical deployments, and extreme scalability.

Session 3: “Deliver: Faster Service Provisioning, Lower Costs”
Learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c provides the right tools to get you started and guides you through the entire lifecycle of managing DBaaS from planning to self-service to metering and chargeback and on-going operations management.

Closing Session: “The DBAs Speak Out”
Hear Michelle Malcher, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, discuss the increasing importance of database as a service.

Register now for the forum.

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