Thursday May 07, 2015

Why customers choose Oracle Cloud solutions for PaaS

On April 29th, Oracle Senior Vice President Shawn Price moderated a panel discussion where customers described their experience with Oracle Cloud solutions for SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. The PaaS customer panel included seven global customers from a variety of industries that described use cases for extending SaaS with PaaS, easily moving development and test environments to the cloud, and how to leverage the Internet of Things (IOT) with Big Data and Advanced Analytics. Many described their move to the cloud as the main driver to innovate faster to meet business demands with shrinking IT budgets.

Watch the PaaS Customer Panel to learn how JDSU, mFrontiers, Valdosta State University, Austrialian Financial Group, NetCompany, Surdell and Partners, and Knextech use Oracle Cloud Solutions for PaaS to combine agility, innovation and availability in the cloud.

Monday Mar 23, 2015

Oracle Database Innovation Forum FAQ

Just in case you missed it- Watch the Forum On-Demand!

The Oracle Database Innovation Forum that was broadcast on March 18th and is now available on-demand. Once you registered, stay as long as you like or return at your convenience to watch another session or replay one that's really made an impact. The forum, featuring Oracle Database guru Tom Kyte, was followed by Oracle Database Innovation experts and customers sharing best practices and the reasons why they chose Oracle Database 12c. The Forum keynote and following sessions provide a little something for everyone - from DBaaS and Multitenant and private clouds - to Big Data, Database In-Memory and Data Warehousing best practices. Sessions on Database Management and Advanced Security, High Availability, Storage Optimization and even best practices for upgrading to Oracle Database 12c are offered.

Forum FAQ

During the forum, we received so many great questions that I'll share only a few with you here. The questions we get most often concern licensing database options and comparing Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition features and option availability. A great resource to help you  understand the Oracle Database options can be found in this 'family' white paper

Here are three questions we received about Oracle Multitenant:

Q: How does a Multitenant architecture differ from a traditional SQLSERVER instance based architecture?

A: In that Microsoft SQL Server supports multiple "databases" within a single server, while Oracle Multitenant supports multiple Pluggable Databases (PDBs) within a single Container Database (CDB), there is a superficial similarity between the two. There are some important differences, however, Microsoft SQL Server users are defined at server level, so there's imperfect namespace isolation, which makes it less suitable for Database as a Service (DBaaS). SQL Server Databases are difficult to move between servers. By contrast the pluggable portability of Pluggable Databases (PDBs) allows for a great range of flexibility.

Q: We are already using OVM for consolidation - what does Multitenant give us over that?

A: OVM is good for infrastructure consolidation. Multitentant is specifically designed for databsase consolidation - much higher consolidation density, simpler management as you can now manage many databases as one. You could still use MT for further consolidation benefits on top of OVM.

Q: Do you have any guidance regarding capacity/resource sizing of multitenant database?

A: This is highly dependent on the loads being consolidated. The savings are proportional to the numbers of databases consolidated. Rough rules of thumb for minimal savings are about 1.5GB per database and maybe 1/3 core for databases under load. On top of that, you might expect greater savings because of the ability to share "peaks and troughs" in load. In terms of storage, snapshot clones facilitate huge savings in storage and IOPS. Don't forget the operational savings because of the ability to manage many databases as one.

Three questions we received about Oracle Database In-Memory:

Q: How is In-Memory enabled?

A: Database In-Memory is enabled by setting the initialization parameter inmemory_size > 0.

Q: Does Oracle Database 12c using in-memory capabilities by default, or does the DBA need to configure?

A: Oracle Database 12c does not enable Database In-Memory by default. To enable Oracle Database In-Memory the inmemory_size initialization parameter must be set to a value greater than zero. You then need to alter one or more tables, partitions, sub-partitions or materialized veiws to be populated into the IM column store. The Oracle optimizer can then transparently make use of the IM column store.

Q: Does Database In-memory have a hardware dependency like some specific quality of RAM?

A: No, Database In-Memory can run on any hardware platform supported for Oracle Database 12c. You do have to have enough memory to support the In-Memory column store in addition to the other components in the SGA though.

Three questions about Automatic Data Optimization:

Q: Are indexes automatically maintained during the ILM compression (alter table move partition update indexes)?

A: Yes, indexes are automatically maintained when applying a compression policy.

Q: Why not always compress to the highest level that saves I/O?

A: You make the decision based on the type of data. Archive data, that is accessed less frequently, should be compressed at the highest rate. Read more about Oracle Automatic Data Optimization

Q: Is Automatic Data Optimization available on all servers or only on Oracle Exadata?

A: ADO is what can be achieved with a combination of database storage optimization technologies used on any hardware. Of course we optimize engineered systems for the Oracle Database so we think there are some great advantages over commodity hardware infrastructures that you build yourself.

Here's the complete FAQ.




Friday Mar 06, 2015

Tap into Tom Kyte's Expertise at the Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum

As if having Tom Kyte kick off the Oracle Database Innovation Forum online March 18th weren't enough, there are ten additional reasons for you to attend. Oracle Database experts and customers will talk about Database as a Service and Oracle Multitenant in public and private cloud deployments, Big Data, Oracle Database In-Memory and data warehousing best practices, Database Security, High Availability, Storage Optimization and best practices for upgrading and managing Oracle Database 12c.

Tom Kyte will provide a closer look at the innovations and top reasons customers are moving to Oracle Database 12c.  Attend the Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum - March 18.

Image result for tom kyteRegister today!


Monday Jul 28, 2014

Oracle Multitenant in Minutes Workshop

Oracle Database 12c give you the ability to plug into a multitenant architecture that combines ease, power, and flexibility. This workshop is your opportunity to learn how Oracle Multitenant will enable your organization to simplify database consolidation, manage many databases as one, and enable your organization to adopt private a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) model.

Join Oracle Experts in a city near you for this half-day event for database administrators, system administrators and other IT professionals where we'll dive deeper into Oracle Multitenant option along with some hands on exercises and demonstrations.

You'll experience first-hand how this database innovation allows you to save time and effort by accomplishing a number of tasks in just minutes. It also simplifies the way in which your organization can achieve high availability and protection against data loss. Oracle Multitenant works seamlessly with Oracle Real Application Clusters, Active Data Guard, and Golden Gate. Together they can deliver Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture best practices that provide the high availability required for consolidating business-critical databases or implementing a multitenant architecture for public or private clouds.

Register for an Oracle Multitenant Workshop in city near you today.

Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

Database In-Memory is Generally Available

Oracle Database 12c’s newest patch release 12.1.0.2, including Oracle Database In-Memory is generally available today.  Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c today to plug into the cloud and power the real-time enterprise![Read More]

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Join Oracle Database Storage Experts and Verizon Wireless on May 21 at IOUG Storage Event

IOUG will host an Oracle Database Storage Event on May 21, 2014 from 9am-1pm Pacific Time.

Oracle experts and Verizon Wireless will share Oracle Database Storage best practices and real life experiences. You will learn:

• How to increase Oracle Database performance and storage efficiency
• Why you should consider Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS3 Series in Oracle Database Environments
• Details on Verizon's real-life success with an Oracle on Oracle implementation

More details can be found here. Don't forget to register!


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 Mar 28, 2014

How to migrate from Microsoft SQL Server to an Oracle Database 12c centralized environment with ODP.NET

Recently the Federal Tax Service of Russia migrated from their Microsoft SQL Server environment to an Oracle Database 12c centralized environment with the help of ODP.NET.

The Federal Tax Ministry of Russia is a national government agency located in Moscow. It operates nine regional offices that oversee major taxpayers with a wide network of local offices that employ 140,000 people.The ministry is in the process of migrating from Microsoft SQL Server to Oracle Database 12c technology and Exadata. Its goal is to centralize all fiscal data access, improve performance, and reduce storage costs, while continuing to keep its investment in a Microsoft .NET infrastructure.

Oracle Database 12c makes developing and deploying Oracle on Windows and .NET easier, faster, and more cost-effectiveBy using Oracle’s .NET components (ODP.NET), the tax ministry can adopt new Oracle Database 12c features for their .NET applications. The migration to Oracle so far is meeting their goal for centralized data access and provides 20x better performance with a tenfold reduction in storage costs.

Listen to this Database Insider Podcast Interview for more details about their migration from Microsoft SQL Server to Oracle Database 12c.


Friday Mar 21, 2014

Need best practices for deploying JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on 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 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 practices white paper explains how to deploying JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on Oracle Database Appliance

Oracle Database Appliance is a simple, reliable, and affordable Engineered System from Oracle. It saves you time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of high availability database solutions. Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform, based on Oracle VM, enables customers to quickly deploy both database and application workloads in a single virtualized appliance platform.

Through virtualization, the benefits of simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of high availability database solutions are extended to the application tier to provide customers a comprehensive solution-in-a-box


WP: Solution-in-a-box: Best practices for deploying JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on Oracle Database Appliance

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.

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? 


multitenant

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 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

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