Monday Mar 17, 2014

Oracle's Real-World Performance Tour - now comes to you!

The Real-World Performance (RWP) Group is part of the Oracle Database Development organization. Engineers in the RWP group focus on extracting the maximum performance from the Oracle Database and hardware in the real-world. We do this by identifying inefficiencies in current systems and applying modern database design and tuning techniques.

They've worked hard to bring their knowledge of performance to you in the following resources:

Friday , March 21st, 2014 8am PDT (3pm GMT)

Join Andrew Holdsworth,Vice President of the Oracle Real-World Performance team, for a 30 minute chat about real-world performance challenges, and techniques that could help overcome them, and even eliminate them for good. If you have specific topics or questions you would like Andrew to address, please email   Register today for the session!

They created this learning library for you so that you can learn the best practices, and methodologies to apply to your Oracle Databases.

 In the Oracle Real-World Performance Video series, Andrew Holdsworth and his team will share with you the best practices and methodologies you should implement to make the most of your investment in Oracle Database.

Subscribe to this collection, and you will receive notifications when new videos are added!


Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Tom Kyte writes about Oracle Database 12c Multitenant Option in Oracle Magazine

In the March issue of Oracle Magazine, Tom Kyte discusses Oracle Database 12c Multitenant option with Patrick Wheeler, Oracle Sr. Director of Product Management.

This exchange between two Oracle Experts explains how Oracle Multitenant option can save customers capital expenses by consolidating more applications per server and reducing operating expenses. 

Companies face enormous pressure to consolidate - to reduce floor space, power costs, and license costs and at the same time to realize the benefits of cloud computing and cloud-based agility, including rapid, low-cost self-service provisioning and delivery of standardized services. Its no longer a question of whether to consolidate but how to consolidate.

Oracle Multitenant is a new option for Oracle Database 12c that provides a multitenant architecture for consolidating databases and simplifying operations in the cloud.

You'll find more articles on Oracle Database 12c written by Tom Kyte in past issues of Oracle Magazine.

Friday Mar 07, 2014

Oracle and .NET session at San Francisco .NET Developer Meeting March 12

Need a reason besides free dinner and admission to get out next Wednesday, March 12?

How about joining the San Francisco.NET Developers Group meeting on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:30 PM to learn more about Oracle and .NET.

A session introducing how to use Oracle Databases with Visual Studio 2013 for .NET development will be presented by Christian Shay, a Oracle Product Manager in the .NET technologies group. He will also share What's New in  Oracle .NET releases, including Visual Studio database administration support for Oracle Database 12c Multitenant Option and more:

  • Entity Framework 6 and Code First
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • Fully-managed ODP.NET
  • Oracle Schema Comparison tools

Data warehousing leaders gather in Nice, France to discuss best practices

Data warehousing and big data is hotter than ever and Oracle’s Data Warehouse Global Leaders recently gathered in Nice, France to discuss recent data warehousing trends in their respective companies.  Read more here to learn about some of the best practices and success stories shared.   For more information about the Data Warehouse Global Leaders program, check out:[Read More]

Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

Keep Informed! March 2014 Database Insider Newsletter

This edition includes the following and much more!

 Get your copy today.


Get the Most Out of Your Week at the COLLABORATE 14 Conference

From April 7 to 11, Oracle technology users from around the world will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada, for COLLABORATE 14. Conference organizers offer tips for how attendees can plan their agenda to get the most out of their experience.
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Oracle Excellence Awards Honors Outstanding Data Warehouse Leaders and Database Administrators

Every year, Oracle customers and partners implement revolutionary solutions using Oracle technology. To honor such pioneering work, Oracle has conferred Oracle Excellence Awards on three data warehouse leaders and three database administrators who have demonstrated a particularly high degree of leadership and technical mastery.
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PCI Requirements Go into Effect Amid High-Profile Retail Data Breaches

Major breaches of retail customer data are making headlines just as the latest version of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards go into effect. Find out how Oracle's defense-in-depth strategy can help you protect sensitive data.
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Tuesday Mar 04, 2014

Oracle Academy's March Ask the Oracle Experts Series Webcast Features Andy Mendelsohn

Join us on March 12th for this educational webcast with Andy for Oracle Database insight.

Register at

Friday Feb 28, 2014

Database as a Service Minnesota Style

This is a great story that's worth repeating of how the University of Minnesota began offering database as a service a few years ago as a way of providing database services to the University’s colleges, departments, and administrative offices.

In typical Minnesota style, the University of Minnesota was way out in front of the DBaaS trend. The school's database sprawl was becoming more difficult to maintain and manage with 215 databases running on 40 servers, and requiring the equivalent of four to five full-time DBAs to manage it all.

The University's IT team decided to consolidate and centralize databases on two Oracle Exadata Database Machines -one for production workloads and the other for testing and development, reducing the number of databases from 215 to 25, and servers from 40 to 8. 

As part of the consolidation initiative, the University began offering DBaaS to support their business applications on campus which included Oracle PeopleSoft for HR, financial management, administration-and Web sites. When new business needs arise at the University, they can satisfy the requirements almost immediately with database as a service, rather than go through a time consuming database acquisition and deployment process one project at a time.

As an early adoptor if DBaaS, the University is evaluating Oracle Database 12c as the potential next step with its multitenant architecture and pluggable databases, making it even easier to offer database services.

Join Andy Mendelsohn March 4th to Say Yes to NoSQL

Say Yes to NoSQL in the Enterprise

Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT

NoSQL databases are becoming part of the enterprise developer's big data toolkit. Join Andy Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President - Oracle Database Server Technologies, and Paul Sonderegger, Big Data Strategist - Oracle, to learn about the role of NoSQL in the enterprise, how it complements the relational database, and why you should be looking at Oracle NoSQL Database for your next project.

 Register today!

Thursday Feb 27, 2014

Oracle Multitenant Infograhpic

Customers are just starting to realize the many benefits that Oracle Multitenant offers.  Take a look at the infographic below to see how Oracle Multitenant dramatically increases consolidation density while allowing for the management of many databases as one---all without having to make application changes.  

What's been your early experience with Oracle Multitenant? 


Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

CSX Corporation Upgrades Databases 2x Faster With Oracle Real Application Testing

Oracle Real Application Testing Helps Premier Transportation Company Streamline and Accelerate Upgrade of 400 Oracle Databases While Maintaining Business Continuity

  • To maintain business continuity, CSX Corporation, a premier transportation company, used Oracle Real Application Testing to upgrade its Oracle Database infrastructure.
  • With more than 400 databases supporting critical commercial, packaged and proprietary business applications, including payroll, dispatching, and a customer-facing order entry system, CSX wanted to take advantage of the enhanced functionality in Oracle Database while minimizing the business impact and downtime during the migration.
  • CSX turned to Oracle Real Application Testing to streamline the upgrade process and help ensure flawless execution.
  • With Oracle Real Application Testing, CSX completed the database upgrade in less than half the time required for the company's previous database upgrade that involved a database footprint that was 30 percent smaller.
  • Oracle Real Application Testing enabled CSX to fully assess the impact of infrastructure changes and fine tune queries in a test environment before deploying the change in production, reducing risk, avoiding disruption and rework, and accelerating the overall upgrade process.
  • CSX used Oracle Enterprise Manager to analyze performance data from Oracle Real Application Testing's SQL Performance Analyzer to evaluate the impact of both prepackaged and custom SQL workloads during the Oracle Database upgrades in its Oracle E-Business Suite environment. By capturing SQL workloads for different peak periods into SQL Tuning Sets, CSX was able to create a comprehensive library of SQL queries that can be used for validation of changes. CSX plans to use Oracle Real Application Testing on an ongoing basis to test changes in the new upgraded environment.
  • In addition, CSX has implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to monitor and manage a combination of more than 500 Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters instances. Oracle Enterprise Manager provides centralized, standardized and reliable monitoring, which has allowed CSX to efficiently manage the growth in the number of servers and databases.
  • CSX is also using the Oracle Advanced Compression option of Oracle Database to enable 7x data compression rates, which has improved performance, reduced storage requirements by 21 percent, and stemmed storage growth by 19 percent. 

 Read the full press release

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

Continuous Access to Innovation with Oracle Support and Oracle Database 12c

Oracle Database 12c can help you:

  • Gain Agility and Save Money
  • Cope with Data Explosion
  • Lower Risk and Improve Productivity

Watch this video interview with Oracle architect, Tom Kyte, to learn more. 

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Automate Database Storage Management and Improve Performance with Oracle Database 12c

Register today to view the webcast and receive your free copy of the IOUG summary report, “Achieving Enterprise Data Performance—2013 Database Growth Survey.”

Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Yahoo upgrades to Oracle Database 12c

Listen to Sudhi Vijayakumar a Senior DBA at Yahoo talk about their upgrade to Oracle Database 12c and plans for new database features like Multitenant databases.

In this podcast you'll hear Sudhi describe the performance the challenges in their existing storage environment and how the Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Direct NFS improved their database performance and doubled the bandwidth to their legacy storage systems. This increased the backup performance of their storage servers without incurring additional storage expenditures, plus it allowed them to cut the time to run batch reports and other jobs by half.

Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

Experience Oracle Database 12c with the Oracle App's Augmented Reality Scanner

Are you curious about how the new game-changing features in Oracle Database 12c work in action?  

Download the Oracle App on your iPhone, open the Oracle App, and select the AR Scanner.  Then point your phone at the image below to see Pluggable Databases, Automatic Data Optimization, and Data Redaction in action!

Thursday Feb 13, 2014

Learn about what’s new in data warehousing for 2014!

In the era of big data, data warehousing is becoming even more relevant for enterprises eager to become more information-driven.  Every year, Oracle conducts an informal survey of customers to understand what the latest trends in Data Warehousing are and what opportunities customers are taking advantage of to leverage those trends.  We publish the results of the survey in a whitepaper and webcast.

Download the whitepaper on “Top 10 Data Warehousing Trends and Opportunities” here:

And check out the replay of our recent webcast on “Top Data Warehousing Trends and Opportunities for 2014” and find out how industry leaders are taking advantage of new software and hardware technologies to simplify data management and supercharge analytics performance.

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