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.


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 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:

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!

Tuesday Nov 22, 2011

Compelling Reasons For Migrating to Oracle Database 11g

IDC's white paper Maximizing Your Investment in Oracle Application Software: The Case for Migrating to Oracle Database 11g  describes compelling business, operational, and technical reasons for Oracle application customers to upgrade or Oracle Database 11g.

In researching this paper, IDC found that the upgrade process is smooth, the latest version offers key benefits over older versions, and the new features and procedures are easy to learn and well worth implementing.

The paper highlights users of Oracle applications, such as Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise applications, Siebel Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications, and Oracle E-Business Suite.

It includes a review of Oracle Database 11g improvements and new features along with best practices from Oracle users who upgraded to Oracle Database 11g.

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