Thursday Apr 25, 2013

Oracle Exadata Recipes for Success – A Problem Solution Approach

Organizations considering an investment in Oracle Exadata need to understand how it addresses performance, consolidation, and IT infrastructure roadmap goals, plus the changes it will have on their day-to-day operations to support Oracle Database on Oracle Exadata.

Oracle Exadata Recipes - A problem Solution Approach is a new book written by Oracle database expert and author John Clark that will show you how to maintain and optimize your Oracle Exadata environment as well as how to ensure that it is the right fit for your company. Oracle Exadata recipes is written for individuals that want to quickly learn and develop effective proven solutions without reading lengthy manuals scrubbing for techniques. Learn more about the book when you listen to this interview.

Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

Jenny Gelhausen receives 2013 Ken Jacobs Award at Collaborate 13

Delighted to see Oracle's Jenny Gelhausen receive the IOUG's 2013 Ken Jacobs Award at Collaborate 13 in Denver. Every year, the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) recognize an Oracle employee who has positively affected the success of the IOUG through their support of the organization. Jenny works tirelessly behind the scenes helping the IOUG network, educate and share best practices throughout Oracle's technology and database community.

Jenny is pictured below receiving award from IOUG President John Matelski and being congratulated by IOUG Past President Andy Flower (or maybe it's well-known chef Bobby Flay?). Many congratulations to Jenny on a very well deserved award!



Monday Apr 08, 2013

Watch this Webcast: Introducing the Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 with Mark Hurd

Now On Demand: More Power. More Storage. More Flexibility.

You’re invited to watch Oracle executives, including President Mark Hurd, in a replay of the launch Webcast introducing the latest release of Oracle Database Appliance. You’ll also hear customers discuss how Oracle Database Appliance has revolutionized the way they deploy, manage, and support a database platform.

View the Webcast to learn how the latest release offers midsize businesses and enterprise departments a simple, reliable, affordable, and virtualized appliance that:
  • Increases performance up to 2x and expands storage capacity up to 4x
  • Hosts both databases and application workloads for a variety of complete solutions in a box
  • Extends capacity on-demand licensing to all Oracle software

Register today for this Webcast and be among the first to learn how the Oracle Database Appliance helps businesses of all sizes reduce their risk while saving time and money managing their valuable data and applications.

Wednesday Mar 20, 2013

Starwood Hotels Transforms Business in Real-Time with Oracle Exadata

Listen as Arup Nanda from Starwood Hotels and Resorts describes how Oracle Exdata Database Machine transformed their business to deliver real-time market data and  on-demand reports which allowed them to react quickly to changing market conditions while reducing IT infrastructure costs.

Monday Mar 18, 2013

Verizon chooses Oracle TimesTen Over Home Grown Solution for Real-Time Fraud Detection

Listen as Jan Shook describes why Verizon Wireless replaced their home grown fraud detection solution with Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database to create a real-time fraud detection architecture that offers high availability, disaster recovery, enterprise level support and tight integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager for automatic synchronization with their Oracle Database.

Friday Mar 15, 2013

In North America, there's a MAA Workshop near you !

MAA, or the Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture, is Oracle's best practices blueprint based on Oracle high availability (HA) technologies, extensive validation performed by the Oracle MAA development team, and the accumulated production experience of customers who have successfully deployed business critical applications on Oracle.

There is great information about it on Oracle's web properties such as here or here

But sometimes, it's just great to hear straight from the experts that are in the same room than you. And that's why we organize these free MAA Workshops in a city near you:

Building a Highly Available "Always On" Oracle Database Environment

Check out the locations and dates here, and make sure to register. Enjoy !

Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

Don't Miss this Webcast! Upgrade to Oracle Database 11g with Zero Downtime

Its not too late to join this interactive Webcast to hear what you're missing by not upgrading to Oracle Database 11g.

Register today and get your upgrade questions answered by Oracle Experts on March 14.

Monday Mar 11, 2013

Data Warehousing Trends Webcast Now On-Demand

Recently, I had the a unique opportunity to moderate a panel of Data Warehousing experts which included Dan Vesset from IDC, George Lumkin from Oracle and Arup Nanda from Starwood Hotels & Resorts. If you missed the live event, the on-demand broadcast is now available. Don't miss your opportunity to get expert advice on the data warehousing trends and best practices that can help to transform your business. Watch it now!

Friday Mar 08, 2013

Get Real-Time Performance with Oracle TimesTen

Watch as these Business and IT professionals work together to achieve real-time performance with Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database in their application tier to deliver real-time caching of application data from an Oracle Database.

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%.


What part of Oracle Exadata 'petabyte scalability' don't you understand?

Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers extreme performance for Data Warehousing and OLTP workloads, It also provides the 'petabyte scalability' required to cost effectively manage the sheer volume of data collected and stored by enterprise customers.

Read how these customers address 'petabyte scalability' with Oracle Exadata Database Machine in their environments:

Turkcell manages 100 terabytes of compressed data—that's a whopping petabyte of uncompressed raw data—on Oracle Exadata. When combined with the analytics capabilities of Oracle Advanced Analytics, they can now complete antifraud analysis for large amounts of call-data records in just a few hours.

SK Telecom became the first mobile communications operator in Korea to introduce rate plans with unlimited data usage. This led to a large increase in data volumes and, as a result, the company’s data analysis and verification processes became more complex. On average 40 billion transactions are processed each day on Oracle Exadata Database Machine enabling the company to store 1 petabyte of raw data. Now they can provide detailed, accurate information about their customers’ roaming data usage while ensuring high availability and performance to support billions of transactions a day.

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:

Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

Maximum Availability With Oracle GoldenGate

Real-time, heterogeneous, and transactional data replication capabilities make Oracle GoldenGate a key component of the Oracle Database Maximum Availability Architecture.

Listen to this recently recorded podcast to hear Nick Wagner from Oracle GoldenGate product management team, and Joe Meeks from Oracle Database product management team discuss how to use GoldenGate for maximum availability and the new features of GoldenGate 11gR2 that strengthen its high availability solutions.

This podcast is a little recap of the great live webcast we hosted back in December 2012. In case you missed it, make sure to watch it on demand, at your convenience.

Great questions were asked during that webcast, and our expert Joe Meeks was able to answer plenty of them. Here are some great examples of that:

Q: What is the difference between the logical standby and GoldenGate ?
Joe: Data Guard logical standby (SQL Apply) is an included feature of Oracle Enterprise Edition.  It utilizes all of the same transport and role management features used by Data Guard Redo Apply (physical standby database), but it uses SQL to apply changes to a standby database that is open read-write  (physical standby uses media recovery).  The focus SQL Apply is as a feature of Data Guard for database rolling upgrades.  The process begins with a primary and Data Guard physical standby.  The standby is converted to a logical and upgraded.  Production is then switched to the standby and the original primary (now a standby) is upgraded.  From 11g onward we use the Transient Logical Rolling Upgrade Process - this results in the upgrade concluding with a primary and physical standby both at the new version.  SQL Apply is only used for replication across version

GoldenGate is our comprehensive logical replication product.  It is meant to address all advance replication needs and is the preferred solution for requirements such as reporting offload where the target database must be open read-write, bi-directional and multi-master replication, zero downtime upgrades/migrations, data integration, etc.

Q: What is it that Oracle Data Guard can do that Oracle GoldenGate can't ?
Joe: This is a backward way of asking this question :-).  GoldenGate is a comprehensive, feature rich replication product.  It can do many things Oracle Data Guard can't.

Data Guard is very focused - simple physical replication.  Unlike GoldenGate, it maintains an exact physical replica of the primary (backups are interchangeable), it has no datatype or other restrictions to consider, it uses standard Oracle Media Recovery so has very high performance for all workkloads, it has advanced corruption protection - lost-write protection and automatic block repair.  It offers both Synchronous (a guarantee of zero data loss) and Asynchronous replication.

Data Guard's primary goal is to provide the simplest, fastest, most complete data protection for Oracle Database, period.

GoldenGates primary goal is to provide the most feature-rich replication solution for the broadest possible range of requirements.

My recommendation is to first understand your requirements and preferences, then chose the right tool for that job.

Q: How can we use the new DBFS in conjunction with Oracle Data Guard and GoldenGate ?
Joe: DBFS is useful in a GoldenGate configuration to store the GoldenGate trail files and checkpoint files in DBFS to provide recoverability and failover capabilities in the event of a system failure. Using DBFS is fundamental to the continuing availability of the checkpoint and trail files in the event of a node failure. Ensuring the availability of the checkpoint files is essential to ensure that, after a failure occurs, the Extract process can continue mining from the last known archived redo log file position and Replicat processes can start applying from the same trail file position before a failure occurred. Using DBFS allows one of the surviving database instances to be the source of an Extract process or destination for the Replicat processes.

From a Data Guard perspective - anything that is in DBFS is protected just as any other database data is protected.  So DBFS provides a way to have Data Guard protect file system content for you as well that would otherwise be external to the Oracle database.

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.


Friday Dec 21, 2012

Choose a smarter approach to manage data growth

You can reduce storage costs AND improve performance when you choose Oracle’s approach to managing data growth. Read how Information Processing Center reduced their operational database resources by more than 400% using Oracle Advanced Compression. Likewise, MetLife found that it increased the performance of its PeopleSoft reporting environment by reducing the time to complete certain nightly extracts from 12 hours to four.  Deutsche Börse AG used a combination of compression and partitioning to reduce their storage requirements which had grown by 50% to 24 terabytes and achieve optimal performance by partitioning fact tables with more than 1 terabyte. Health Market Science also used this combination to manage data growth more cost effectively.

To learn how they did it, listen to Oracle Database expert
Kevin Jernigan describe how to reduce your database storage footprint and costs.

Use these simple tools to help you compare the savings with and without compression and assess your storage environment for optimal performance and cost savings.

Oracle's approach to managing data growth is just one of  three compelling reasons to upgrade to Oracle Database 11g.

Have a happy and prosperous New Year!

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