Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Compression Advisor estimates compression ratio possible with Oracle Advanced Compression

What if you could estimate the compression ratio in your database environment to see how much Oracle Advanced Compression can reduce your storage footprint before you consider adding more storage?

If the biggest challenge facing your organization is managing data growth cost effectively, you'll need a better strategy for managing your database storage environment that doesn't involve throwing more storage hardware or administration at the problem.

With Compression Advisor, a FREE database tool from Oracle, you can use your real data to estimate the compression results you could realize when you deploy Oracle Advanced Compression Option in your database environment.

Find instructions for using Compression Advisor when you watch this quick overview about Oracle Advanced Compression. The Compression Advisor Package DBMS_COMPRESSION is included with Oracle Database 12c.



Friday Apr 11, 2014

How do you manage data growth in your Oracle Environment?

In many organizations today, the amount of additional storage hardware purchased each year in response to data growth shows no sign of slowing down. Regulatory requirements have changed how and why organizations are required to store more information for longer periods of time. Simply adding more storage isn't a cost effective approach against real world budget restrictions or when its impact on user response times and application performance takes a nose dive.

Nearly 40% of the respondents from a recent IOUG survey indicate that reducing costs was their primary reason behind implementing a tiered storage approach in their Oracle Database environment. But even with the right storage and compression capabilities, deciding which data should reside where and when to migrate data from one storage tier to another remains a real world challenge.

Forward-looking IT organizations are adopting advanced strategies for managing data growth using innovative database technologies that automate compression and storage tiering while improving database performance.

Oracle Database 12c provides new features and options that optimize database storage and work together to help you implement an Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) solution in order to  manage data growth cost effectively and comply with new regulatory requirements for data retention and protection.

Register for an IOUG Webcast on Tuesday April 15th, to hear Kevin Jerigan from Oracle describe Oracle Database 12c Storage Optimization features and Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol.



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.”

Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

Oracle Database 12c is Coming to a City Near You

Join us at one of our upcoming Oracle Database events to see firsthand how innovations such as Pluggable Databases and Automatic Data Optimization maximize consolidation and deliver industry leading performance, reliability, and scalability.

Whether you're a DBA, Developer, Enterprise Architect, or CIO, Oracle is offering an event below that will fit your interest including:

  • Oracle Database Innovation Days
  • Oracle Database as a Service Workshops
  • Oracle Database as a Service Roundtables
  • Oracle Days
  • Oracle Cloud Odyssey coming to a Movie Theater near you

Oracle experts will be on hand to provide a comprehensive overview of this new release. Your peers will be there to share perspectives on the impact of Oracle's latest breakthrough.  

Register here: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/events/database/index.html

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.

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 Oct 01, 2013

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute describes how Oracle Database 12c features ease managability of multi-terabyte database systems

I had the pleasure of speaking with Karen Ambrose, Principle Database Administrator of Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute last week at Oracle Open World. She described for me how the Institute's green initiative and data growth predictions have them researching ways to automate their data archiving processes. Listen to the interview and learn how Oracle Database 12c Storage Optimization features with Heat Map and Automatic Data Optimization ease the manageability of multi-terabyte database systems, enhance storage usability, and reduce the time and effort spent enhancing performance.


Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Focus on Oracle Database 12c Storage Management

Oracle Database 12c Storage Management sessions at this year's Oracle Open World promise to deliver the mother-load of cost savings and performance benefits to your companies bottom line. See for yourself how Oracle Advanced Compression automates both compression and storage tiering with Heat Map and Automatic Storage Optimization features that simplify administration, reduce storage costs and improve performance. You'll meet real customers like Thomson Reuter Corporation, AmerisourceBergen and the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute as they describe their storage optimization best practices. Oracle product experts will be on-hand to answer your specific questions. Don't miss the opportunity to make OOW13 your companies best investment of the year with a focus on Oracle Database 12c Storage Management.

Friday Sep 13, 2013

What is the best approach to database storage management?

Read how IOUG members approach database storage management in the 2013 Database Growth Survey: Achieving Database Performance and you'll understand why Oracle Database 12c Storage Optimization features like Heat Map and Automatic Data Optimization in Oracle Advanced Compression help reduce costs and improve performance while providing a smarter approach to data management and information lifecycle management.


Tuesday May 21, 2013

Targetbase gets deeper insight and 40x faster query response with Oracle Exadata

This is a great example of the evolution happening in Oracle Data Warehousing environments as customers consolidate databases into a single source of truth for their businesses with Oracle Exadata. Not only was Targetbase able to integrate large volumes of social, retail, and point-of-sale (POS) data, such as Web blogs, to drive richer and more actionable insights for their clients. They enabled real-time analytics scoring and consumer-specific text mining on large volumes of marketing-related data while achieving some great performance gains with up to 40x faster queries. Learn how Oracle Database compression features helped reduce their storage costs by 30%.

Targetbase Analyzes Marketing Data up to 40x Faster, Helps Clients Launch Targeted Marketing Campaigns Earlier

Monday May 20, 2013

Need a good reason to upgrade to Oracle Database? I'll give you seventy five!

A few times a year, I'm asked to update the Oracle Database Reference Booklet. Each time, the number of customers benefiting from upgrading to the Oracle Database grows. Read for yourself how an airline cut analysis time for travel partner bookings from 10 hours to 10 minutes, helping staff develop better informed partner sales and marketing strategies. Or how a bank completed their database upgrade without disruption to their day-to-day operations and minimized system downtime for more than 2 million customers, who expect around the clock services. Or how a manufacturing company saved an expected US$609,000 on storage hardware costs. These are just of few of the customer who improved performance, provided better service for their customers and saved money with the Oracle Database.

Need a good reason to upgrade to the Oracle Database? Look no further.

Oracle Database References booklet




Monday Apr 08, 2013

Heidelberg Reduces Storage Consumption in SAP environment by 50%

The best part of my job is getting to speak with Oracle customers about their experiences with our products. I recently spoke with Sven Lareum, BI Expert at Heidelberg, the world's leading service and solution provider in the print media industry about the five-figure cost savings they realized when Oracle Advanced Compression was deployed in their SAP environment.

Not only did they reduce storage consumption by 50%, they dramatically improved report processing times and database operational performance to achieve a total return on their investment in less than 5 months. Pretty amazing.

Friday Mar 08, 2013

Bank of America slashes storage footprint 50% with Oracle Advanced Compression

Listen to Satish Zalavadia, Senior DBA at Bank of America describes how Oracle Advanced Compression and Secure Files helped them accommodate future data growth by reducing their database storage footprint by 50% saving money and improving query performance by 80%.


Tuesday Feb 19, 2013

MetLife Saves With Active Data Guard and Advanced Compression

MetLife, a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefits, has been an Oracle customer and user for many years, and uses Oracle technology for many of its mission-critical applications. On top of the Oracle Database, they deployed business applications from Oracle such as PeopleSoft, Enterprise Performance Management solutions, and OBIEE.
For failover scenarios, MetLife deployed Oracle Data Guard a while back, and soon realized that with new capabilities introduced with Oracle Active Data Guard, internal global reporting functionality can easily be improved by generating reports from the open, and otherwise idle, standby database.
To increase internal resource utilization even more, MetLife made the decision to use Oracle Advanced Compression, that reduced disk space considerably for archiving requirements and production systems alike. In production environments, the savings were even multiplied as it also reduced the amount of data that gets shipped over the wire to, and stored at, every standby database.

Watch Margaret Maglione, Director of Oracle Implementation, explain how her team realized just that:

In addition, learn from Asha Santosh, Lead DBA in the Oracle Implementation Team at MetLife, how she and her team achieved all this:

Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

Bank of America Reduces Storage Footprint 50%

A few weeks ago I spoke with Satish Zalavadia, Senior DBA at Bank of America. Listen as he describes how Oracle Advanced Compression reduced their storage footprint by 50%. This huge reduction in storage utilization meant that no additional storage was needed to accommodate their data growth for one year even as their clients introduced more applications running against the database. In addition, they saw an 80% improvement of query performance as a result of storing LOB data in Secure Files.


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