Monday Jul 29, 2013

Oracle GoldenGate Patch Release 11.2.1.0.7 is Available

 Author: Nick Wagner, Director of Product Management for Oracle GoldenGate

Oracle GoldenGate 11.2.1.0.7 cumulative patch release is now generally available and can be downloaded from the My Oracle Support website.  This patch includes support for MySQL NDB Cluster 7.1 and 7.2, as well as Sybase ASE 15.7 support.   There are number of fixes and stabilization enhancements in this release, especially for those using the Oracle GoldenGate Management Pack to monitor GoldenGate. 

The full list of fixed tickets in each release can be found in the release notes available here.

Friday Jul 26, 2013

The Best Data Integration for Oracle Exadata Comes from Oracle

In a previous blog post I talked about about how Oracle Exadata customers can migrate/consolidate their systems without downtime. In that blog post I mentioned that Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate offer unique and optimized data integration solutions for Oracle Exadata. For example, customers that choose to feed their data warehouse or reporting database with near real-time throughout the day, can do so without decreasing  performance or availability of source and target systems. And if you ask why real-time, the short answer is: in today’s fast-paced, always-on world, business decisions need to use more relevant, timely data to be able to act fast and seize opportunities. A longer response to "why real-time" question can be found in a related blog post.

If we look at the solution architecture, as shown on the diagram below,  Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate are both uniquely designed to take full advantage of the power of the database and to eliminate unnecessary middle-tier components. Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) is the best bulk data loading solution for Exadata. ODI is the only ETL platform that can leverage the full power of Exadata, integrate directly on the Exadata machine without any additional hardware, and by far provides the simplest setup and fastest overall performance on an Exadata system.

We regularly see customers achieving a 5-10 times boost when they move their ETL to ODI on Exadata. For  some companies the performance gain is even much higher. For example a large insurance company did a proof of concept comparing ODI vs a traditional ETL tool (one of the market leaders) on Exadata. The same process that was taking 5hrs and 11 minutes to complete using the competing ETL product took 7 minutes and 20 seconds with ODI. Oracle Data Integrator was 42 times faster than the conventional ETL when running on Exadata.This shows that Oracle's own data integration offering helps you to gain the most out of your Exadata investment with a truly optimized solution. 

GoldenGate is the best solution for streaming data from heterogeneous sources into Exadata in real time. Oracle GoldenGate can also be used together with Data Integrator for hybrid use cases that also demand non-invasive capture, high-speed real time replication. Oracle GoldenGate enables real-time data feeds from heterogeneous sources non-invasively, and delivers to the staging area on the target Exadata system. ODI runs directly on Exadata to use the database engine power to perform in-database transformations. Enterprise Data Quality is integrated with Oracle Data integrator and enables ODI to load trusted data into the data warehouse tables. Only Oracle can offer all these technical benefits wrapped into a single intelligence data warehouse solution that runs on Exadata.


Compared to traditional ETL with add-on CDC this solution offers:

  • Non-invasive data capture from heterogeneous sources and avoids any performance impact on source
  • No mid-tier; set based transformations use database power
  • Mini-batches throughout the day –or- bulk processing nightly which means maximum availability for the DW
  • Integrated solution with Enterprise Data Quality enables leveraging trusted data in the data warehouse

In addition to Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Morrison Supermarkets, United Kingdom’s fourth-largest food retailer, has seen the power of this solution for their new BI platform and shared their story with us. Morrisons needed to analyze data across a large number of manufacturing, warehousing, retail, and financial applications with the goal to achieve single view into operations for improved customer service. The retailer deployed Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Data Integrator to bring new data into Oracle Exadata in near real-time and replicate the data into reporting structures within the data warehouse—extending visibility into operations. Using Oracle's data integration offering for Exadata, Morrisons produced financial reports in seconds, rather than minutes, and improved staff productivity and agility. You can read more about Morrison’s success story here and hear from Starwood here.

I also recommend you watch our on demand webcast on Zero-Downtime Migration to Oracle Exadata Using Oracle GoldenGate: A Customer Case Study and download free resources on Oracle Data Integration products to learn more about their powerful architecture and solutions for data-driven enterprises.

Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

ODI - Loading MongoDB (API as Target)

In this post I will show how to load documents into a MongoDB collection. The interface design looks just like all other ODI interfaces, but behind the scenes the KM configured in the physical design uses the MongoDB SDK (see MongoDB SDK here) to insert the documents. The target datastore below represents a MongoDB document, the columns are the keys in the document. Each row is inserted as a document, and each column is a key, the column value is the value. The ENAME value below is shown as a complex JSON value.

The IKM I have used is a multi-connect IKM, the source is a SQL data source and the target uses a MongoDB groovy command. The heart of the IKM to insert the documents into the collection has a SQL select as the source command and the following groovy code for the target command;

  1. import com.mongodb.*
  2. MongoClient mongoClient = new MongoClient(" <%=odiRef.getOption("MONGO_SERVER")%> ", <%=odiRef.getOption("MONGO_PORT")%> );
  3. DB db = mongoClient.getDB("<%=odiRef.getOption("MONGODB")%>");
  4. DBCollection coll = db.getCollection("<%=odiRef.getOption("MONGOCOLL")%>")
  5. BasicDBObject doc = new BasicDBObject();

  6. <%=odiRef.getColList(" ", "doc.put(\u0022[COL_NAME]\u0022, \u0022#[CX_COL_NAME]\u0022);", " \n ", "", "((INS and !TRG) and REW)")%>

  7. coll.insert(doc);

The odiRef.getColList method call above generates code for every target column, the code performs a doc.put invocation to add the key-value pairs into the document. For example this is the code generated and executed based on the interface design discussed above;

  1. import com.mongodb.*
  2. MongoClient mongoClient = new MongoClient("DALLAN-SVR", 27017);
  3. DB db = mongoClient.getDB("test");
  4. DBCollection coll = db.getCollection("testCollection")
  5. BasicDBObject doc = new BasicDBObject();

  6.  doc.put("EMPNO", "#EMPNO"); 
  7.  doc.put("ENAME", "#ENAME"); 
  8.  doc.put("JOB", "#JOB"); 
  9.  doc.put("MGR", "#MGR"); 
  10.  doc.put("HIREDATE", "#HIREDATE"); 
  11.  doc.put("SAL", "#SAL"); 
  12.  doc.put("COMM", "#COMM"); 
  13.  doc.put("DEPTNO", "#DEPTNO");

  14. coll.insert(doc);

 This is a simple illustration of how to load documents into MongoDB. We can go into the MongoDB command line and execute the command to see all objects in the collection and get the list of documents, below you can see a preview of executing db.testCollection.find()

  • { "_id" : ObjectId("51dc3ded6c4b9a5bd07d68a6"), "EMPNO" : "7369", "ENAME" : "{ NAME : SMITH, DESCR : 22 }", "JOB" : "CLERK", "MGR" : "7902", "HIREDATE" : "1980-12-17 00:00:00.0", "SAL" : "801", "COMM" : "", "DEPTNO" : "20" }
  • { "_id" : ObjectId("51dc3ded6c4b9a5bd07d68a7"), "EMPNO" : "7499", "ENAME" : "{ NAME : ALLEN, DESCR : 22 }", "JOB" : "SALESMAN", "MGR" : "7698", "HIREDATE" : "1981-02-20 00:00:00.0", "SAL" : "1601", "COMM" : "300", "DEPTNO" : "30" }

 You can see the key:value pairs in our document. For those MongoDB gurus, you'll notice in the 'complex' data illustration, this is really a string and not a MongoDB complex object - that discussion is for another day.

This post is not just about MongoDB, but also a useful post on how to integrate APIs as a target in a data flow. 

Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

ODI - Creating a Repository in a 12c Pluggable Database

To install ODI 11g into an Oracle 12c pluggable database, one way is to connect using a TNS string to the pluggable database service that is executing. For example when I installed my master repository, I used a JDBC URL such as;

jdbc:oracle:thin:@(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS_LIST=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(HOST=mydbserver)(PORT=1522)))(CONNECT_DATA=(SERVER=DEDICATED)(SERVICE_NAME=PDBORA12.US.ORACLE.COM))) 

 I used the above approach rather than the host:port:sid which is a common mechanism many users use to quickly get up and going.

Below you can see the repository creation wizard in action, I used the 11g release and simply installed the master and work repository into my pluggable database.

Be wise with your repository IDs, I simply used the default, but you should be aware that these are key in larger deployments. The database in 12c has much more tighter control on users and resources, so just getting the user creating with sufficient resource on tablespaces etc in 12c was a little more work. Once you have the repositories up and running, then the fun starts using the 12c features. More to come.

Monday Jul 01, 2013

Oracle GoldenGate 11g Certified Implementation Beta Exam Available

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  • Oracle GoldenGate 11g Overview
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  • Parameters, Mapping and Transformation Overview, 
  • Configuration Options, 
  • Managing and Monitoring Oracle GoldenGate 11g. 
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