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!

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

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

See How Oracle Multitenant Reduced e-DBA's Hardware Spend by 75%

Last summer we introduced Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Multitenant.  Over the past several months we've shared some impressive benchmarks and reports that detail how pluggable databases allow organizations to rapidly build their own Database as a Service environments that take advantage of:

  • Rapid Provisioning
  • Simple Database Tiering 
  • Managing Many Databases as One 

e-DBA recently deployed Oracle Multitenant for their own Database as a Service environment and the results are nothing short of impressive.  

They have achieved greater agility in standing up new database environments while reducing operational expense and complexity.  In addition, e-DBA has been able to reduce their hardware spend by 75% thanks to Oracle Multitenant's sophisticated consolidation architecture.

What could Oracle Multitenant do for your organization? 

Watch the video to learn more.

Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

Solution in a Box with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle Database Appliance

What do you get when you combine the advantages of Oracle Database Appliance with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne? You get an ERP solution-in-a-box running on a complete Oracle technology stack that is simple, low-cost, and performs well.

Customers benefit from a fully integrated system that delivers high availability database and application services, efficiently utilizes system resources, provides performance advantages associated with Oracle’s Engineered Systems, and takes advantage of capacity-on-demand licensing for multiple workloads by leveraging Oracle VM hard partitioning.

This best practice white paper outlines the process of setting up Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform.

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.

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 

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.

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.


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