Thursday Oct 24, 2013

Oracle GoldenGate 12c - Leading Enterprise Replication

Oracle GoldenGate 12c released  on October 17th and includes several new cutting edge features that firmly establishes GoldenGate's leader position in the data replication space.   In fact, this release more than doubles the performance of data delivery, supports Oracle's new multitenant database feature,  it's more secure, has more options for high availability, and has made great strides to simplify the configuration and deployment of the product.     Read through the press release if you haven't already and do not miss the quote from Cern's Eva Dafonte Perez, regarding Oracle GoldenGate 12c "….performs five times faster compared to previous GoldenGate versions and simplifies the management of a multi-tier environment"

There are a variety of new and improved features in the Oracle GoldenGate 12c.  Here are the highlights:

  • Optimized for Oracle Database 12c -  GoldenGate 12c is custom tailored to the unique capabilities of Oracle database 12c and out of the box GoldenGate 12c supports multitenant (pluggable database (PDB)) and non-consolidated deployments of Oracle Database 12c.   The naming convention used by database 12c is now in three parts (PDB-name, schema-name, and object name).  We have made changes to the GoldenGate capture process to support the new naming convention and streamlined the whole process so a single GoldenGate capture process is being used at the container level rather than at each individual PDB.  By having the capture process at the container level resource usage and the number of processes are reduced. To view a conceptual architecture diagram click here.
  • Integrated Delivery for the Oracle Database - Leveraging a lightweight streaming API built exclusively for Oracle GoldenGate 12c, this process distributes load, auto tunes the degree of parallelism, scales better, and delivers blinding rates of changed data delivery to the Oracle database.  One of the goals for Oracle GoldenGate 12c was to reduce IT costs by simplifying the configuration and reduce the time to manage complex infrastructures.  In previous versions of Oracle GoldenGate, customers would split transaction loads by grouping tables into multiple different delivery processes (click here to view the previous method). Each delivery process executed independently and without any interaction or knowledge of other delivery processes.  This setup was complicated to configure and time consuming as the developer needed in-depth knowledge of the source and target schemas and the transaction profile. With GoldenGate 12c and Integrated Delivery we have made it easier to configure and faster to deploy.  To view a conceptual architecture diagram of integrated delivery click here
  • Coordinated Delivery for Non-Oracle Databases - Coordinated Delivery orchestrates high-speed apply processes and simplifies the configuration of GoldenGate for non-Oracle targets. In Oracle GoldenGate 12c a single delivery process is used with multiple threads (click here) and key events, such as primary key updates, event markers, DDL, etc, are coordinated between the various threads to insure that the transactions are applied in the same sequence as they were captured, all while delivery improved performance. 
  • Replication Between On-Premises and Cloud-Based systems. - The trend for business to utilize both on-premises and cloud-based systems is rising and businesses need to replicate data back and forth.   GoldenGate 12c can be configured in a variety of ways to provide real-time replication when unrestricted or restricted (limited ports or HTTP tunneling) networks are between on-premises and cloud-based systems.   

  • Expanded Heterogeneity - It wouldn't be a GoldenGate release without new and improved platform support.   Release 1 includes support for MySQL 5.6 and Sybase 15.7.   Upcoming in the next release GoldenGate, support will be expanded for MS SQL Server, DB2, and Teradata.
  • Tighter Security - Oracle GoldenGate 12c is integrated with the Oracle wallet to shield usernames and passwords using strong encryption and aliases.   Customers accustomed to using the Oracle Wallet with other Oracle products will instantly be familiar with how to use this great new feature
  • Expanded Oracle Application and Technology Support -   GoldenGate can be used along with Oracle Coherence to enable real-time changed data feeds to the Coherence cache using Toplink and the Oracle GoldenGate JMS adapter.     Plus,  Oracle Advanced Customer Services (ACS) now offers a low downtime E-Business Suite platform and database migrations using GoldenGate as the enabling technology. 

Keep tuned for more blogs on the new features and the upcoming launch webcast where we will go into these new features in more detail.   In the mean time make sure to read through our white paper "Oracle GoldenGate 12c Release 1 New Features Overview"

Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

Oracle GoldenGate AppAdvantage in Action at Land O’Lakes, Smuckers, and Veolia Water

On Tuesday at OpenWorld we had the honor to host a panel with GoldenGate customers: Land O’Lakes, Smuckers, and Veolia Water. Besides giving us yummy nutrition and healthy water, these companies have another aspect in common. They all use GoldenGate to boost their ERP application.

Veoila Water’s Pierre Kerrinckx came from their HQ in France for this panel and spoke to us about the database migration project for their JD Edwards ERP system. Using GoldenGate Veolia was able to migrate from Oracle Database 10gR2 on Aix 5.3 Oracle 10g R2 to Oracle Database Aix 7.1 Oracle 11g R2 and did so with only 2 hours of interruption to JD Edwards end users. Pierre mentioned, the other benefit of GoldenGate was the ability to switch back to the old environment if needed.

Land O’Lakes’ Mark Kohls talked about their use of GoldenGate for their JD Edwards ERP system supporting the Purina business line. Land O’Lakes had to migrate enterprise-wide JDE Xe ERP system to new database and application server platform with minimal downtime to the business. While their goal was to have less than 8 hours of downtime, with GoldenGate they limited downtime to 30 minutes.

Both Veolia and Land O’Lakes used GoldenGate in an Active-Passive fashion, meaning that the new environment was not used simultaneously with the old one, and the users migrated all at once. GoldenGate provides Active-Active migration model too, if the company prefers to do a phased migration and truly zero downtime.

Smuckers's Neal Indermuhle had a different story to share. He talked about operational reporting for their critical Oracle E-Business Suite and how using Oracle GoldenGate helped the company to achieve the near real-time data they need in making critical business decisions. Neil shared that the replication latency averages less than 10 seconds and Oracle GoldenGate Veridata is leveraged to validate synchronization.

I would like to thank Pierre, Mark, and Neal for sharing their best practices, and taking tough questions from the audience. If you would like to learn more about Oracle GoldenGate’s solutions for JD Edwards, E-Business Suite and other key Oracle Applications please check out our new resource center with recorded video presentations and detailed white papers.

Before I get ready for another full day at OpenWorld tomorrow I would like to leave you with the key GoldenGate sessions we have lined up for Wednesday:

Best Practices for Integrating Oracle GoldenGate with Oracle Active Data Guard (CON8500)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10:15AM-11:15AM PT
Moscone South – 104

Powering Solutions for Oracle Applications with Oracle GoldenGate (CON8897)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:45AM-12:45PM PT
Moscone West – 2024

Integrated Apply for Oracle Database: Scalable Replication with Oracle GoldenGate (CON8198)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:00PM-6:00PM PT
Moscone North – 131

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Must-Attend Oracle GoldenGate sessions at OpenWorld

 We are very excited for a great event next week. In my last couple of blogs I gave overviews of what is lined up in the Data Integration track. Today I’d like to highlight some of the other key Oracle GoldenGate sessions in case you missed them in our Focus On Data Integration document.

 Obviously the Oracle GoldenGate: New Features and Product Strategy (CON8867) session on Monday at 12:15PM in Moscone West – 2024 is a must-attend session for the GoldenGate community. You will hear the latest features and the roadmap.

If you are currently evaluating high availability solutions then the session “Continuous Availability with Oracle GoldenGate: Best Practices from Comcast” will help you greatly. You’ll get to hear best practices from Comcast on how they implemented four-way and three-way multimaster (active-active) replication architectures using Oracle GoldenGate. You can see how they were able to perform zero downtime system maintenance activities such as patching and upgrades of the operating systems and relational databases supporting critical business operations.

Continuous Availability with Oracle GoldenGate: Best Practices from Comcast (CON8951)

Monday at 12:15PM PT Moscone South – 300

 On Tuesday the session “A Panel of Masterminds: Perspectives from Oracle GoldenGate Customers” will feature a customer panel made up of enterprise architects and other data integration professionals to discuss how they revolutionized their business using Oracle GoldenGate. This interactive session will provide examples of how Oracle GoldenGate supports critical Oracle Applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards.

A Panel of Masterminds: Perspectives from Oracle GoldenGate Customers (CON8898)

Tuesday at 3:45PM-4:45PM PT Moscone West – 2024

Data integration is not simply replication and in many instances it requires real-time ETL capability. Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Data Integrator work together for improved data integration agility. In the Hands-On-Lab “Combining Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate”, specifically designed for developers, DBAs, and architects, you will hear best practices for using Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Data Integrator together to perform real-time ETL. Attendees will experience and hands-on walkthrough on how to configure Oracle GoldenGate from Oracle Data Integrator Studio

 Hand-on-Lab: Combining Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate (HOL10144)

Tuesday at 3:45PM Marriott Marquis – Nob Hill AB

Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Active Data Guard are two powerful technologies that can be implemented together seamlessly. On Wednesday you can learn how these two technologies can work together in the session “Best Practices for Integrating Oracle GoldenGate with Oracle Active Data Guard”. For Oracle Database customers incorporating data integration with high availability, this session is a can’t miss!

Best Practices for Integrating Oracle GoldenGate with Oracle Active Data Guard (CON8500)

Wednesday 10:15AM PT Moscone South – 104

 For E-Business Suite, Oracle BI, and Oracle Coherence customers a great session awaits you on Wednesday: “Powering Solutions for Oracle Applications with Oracle GoldenGate” will cover E-Business Suite platform migrations and operational reporting, Oracle BI real-time reporting, and Oracle Coherence hot caching. This is a great opportunity to learn how Oracle GoldenGate can extend capabilities with your business applications

Powering Solutions for Oracle Applications with Oracle GoldenGate (CON8897)

Wednesday 11:45AM PT Moscone West – 2024

 On Thursday we will start with the session “Oracle Management Pack for Oracle GoldenGate: Product Update”, which will cover the latest features and enhancements to managing and monitoring GoldenGate.

Oracle Management Pack for Oracle GoldenGate: Product Update (CON9105)

Thursday 11:00AM PT Moscone West – 2012

 In the session “Deploying Oracle GoldenGate with Multitenant Container Databases” you can learn how Oracle GoldenGate can be deployed to capture and replicate changes using Container Databases (CDBs) and Pluggable Databases (PDBs) introduced in the Oracle Database 12c multitenant architecture. Our experts will also provide Oracle GoldenGate configuration recommendations for common and advanced deployment models within the multitenant architecture.

Deploying Oracle GoldenGate with Multitenant Container Databases (CON8499)

Thursday 2:00PM Moscone South – 200

A key use case for GoldenGate is providing zero downtime, and low-risk database upgrades and platform changes. “Cross-Platform Database Upgrades with Oracle GoldenGate” will cover database upgrade scenarios and how you can leverage Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Data Guard technologies to achieve your upgrade goals. In addition, you will learn how to take advantage of Oracle Advanced Customers Support Services to help you complete your business-critical upgrades while achieving high availability.

Cross-Platform Database Upgrades with Oracle GoldenGate (CON4286)

Thursday 2:00PM Moscone South – 305

As every year GoldenGate team offers a set of strong hands-on-labs. “Deep Dive into Oracle GoldenGate” hands-on-lab’s focus is to provide an overview of the Oracle GoldenGate architecture and then allow attendees to instantiate a secondary database that can be used for disaster recovery or a reporting instance. Hope you can join this session and see firsthand how easy Oracle GoldenGate is to use and how it can be a very valuable technology solution for your organization.

Deep Dive into Oracle GoldenGate (HOL10026)

Thursday 11:00AM Marriott Marquis – Nob Hill AB

Oracle GoldenGate customers looking to take control of their Oracle GoldenGate deployments must attend our Hands-On-Lab session “Deep Dive into Oracle GoldenGate Monitor”. This lab will focus on our complementary product Oracle GoldenGate Monitor, designed to deliver end-to-end visibility into Oracle GoldenGate instances across the enterprise. Attendees will learn about key features including automatic heterogeneous solution discovery, persisted monitoring points, display of replication elements, lag graphs, and creation of alerts.

Deep Dive into Oracle GoldenGate Monitor (HOL10128)

Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM PT-- Marriott Marquis - Nob Hill AB

I also would like to remind you that you can visit GoldenGate product management in the following demo pods to ask your questions:

Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Data Integrator – POD 3412

Monitoring Oracle GoldenGate for End-to-End Visibility – POD 3493

Oracle GoldenGate for Oracle Applications – POD 3494

Oracle GoldenGate: Real-Time Transactional Database Replication – POD 3518

Next week you will hear from me and our PM team about what was discussed in these sessions. Stay tuned for more, and enjoy OpenWorld 2013 next week!

 

Friday Sep 06, 2013

Sneak Peek into Data Integration Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

As we are getting ready for another great OpenWorld I'd like to give you sneak peek into what we have planned for data integration topics this year. As in the last few years, the Data Integration track is again full with great customer speakers, product updates, and hands-on-labs. While I am not able to share everything we will cover in these sessions I can say that you will get to hear about new solutions and new features for both Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate.

On Monday at 10:45am our VP of Development Brad Adelberg will open the data integration track by presenting the direction of Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate in the Accelerating Your Business with Oracle Data Integration Solutions (Moscone West 2024) session. Brad will explain how Oracle's data integration products enable organizations to get the most value out of big data,  their investments into Oracle Applications, and cloud deployments. The session will cover the key themes of the upcoming releases of our products.

Following Brad's great overview into overall Oracle Data Integration, GoldenGate product management will present  Oracle GoldenGate New Features and Product Strategy at 12:15pm in the same location. You will hear about new features of the product. Following GoldenGate PM, Oracle Data Integrator product management will present Oracle Data Integrator's product vision and new features in the session:
Oracle Data Integrator Product Update and Future Strategy at 1:45pm in the same room: Moscone West 2024.

The last session of Monday is a must-attend session. You will get to meet the winners of  the Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation and learn about their impressive success stories across all Fusion Middleware products. I highly recommend adding Oracle Fusion Middleware: Meet This Year’s Most Impressive Innovators to your OpenWorld schedule. It will take place at 4:45pm  at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Lam Research Theater.

On Tuesday data quality product strategy sessions will kick off the day for our track with Oracle Enterprise Data Quality: Product Overview and Roadmap at 10:30am (Moscone West 2024) . Right after this session you will have a chance to hear from GoldenGate customers in the A Panel of Masterminds: Perspectives from Oracle GoldenGate Customers session at 3:30pm in the same room. This panel brings us presenters from Smuckers, Land o Lakes and OTV France. I will discuss this session in more detail next week. For now I will mention that customers will discuss how they achieved zero downtime upgrades and migrations and improved performance using GoldenGate with their Oracle Applications.

At the end of Tuesday you can attend another informative Oracle Data Integrator session about Extracting Strategic Insights from Business Data with Oracle Data Integrator (5:30pm, Moscone West 2012)

Wednesday starts with a great customer panel, Real-World Data Quality: Customers Using Oracle Enterprise Data Quality, at 10:15am in Moscone 2024. The must-attend session of Wednesday is Customer Perspectives: Oracle Data Integrator.  Paychex, Infiniti Insurance are among the customers presenting in this session and will be discussing best practices in implementing Oracle Data Integrator. Don't miss this session at 1:15pm in Moscone 2012.  I also recommend checking out at 3:30pm Making the Move to Oracle Data Integrator. ODI PM will be joined by Oracle partners Rittman Mead and sumIT AG. Together they will share great tips for a phased migration path from Oracle Warehouse Builder to Oracle Data Integrator.

Thursday is packed with many in-depth technical product deep dive sessions from experts. The two that I want to highlight here are: Configuring Oracle Business Intelligence Applications on Oracle Data Integrator: A Deep Dive, which will explain best practices for configuring and tuning Oracle Business Intelligence Applications' latest release which embeds Oracle Data Integrator.  This one is at 12:30pm at Moscone South 303. The second session I recommend, Deploying Oracle GoldenGate with Multitenant Container Databases, will share details on how to set up GoldenGate in the context of container databases (CDBs). You can attend it at 2pm at Moscone South 200.

Even though I listed 12 session in this blog post for you to review, there are many more, very informative sessions available this year at OpenWorld. Please make sure to review the Focus On Data Integration to discover other sessions that may interest you.

Stay tuned for more blogs on the some of the key sessions I mentioned above.


Friday Aug 23, 2013

Ensuring Data Consistency with Oracle GoldenGate Veridata

Today’s 24/7/365, fast-paced world brought the need for high data availability and with that came redundant distributed copies of the data. In our complex IT environment, maintaining data consistency across these distributed systems is not a trivial task unfortunately. Data discrepancy occurs for many reasons, including database configuration differences between source and target, configuration errors during data migration, user errors, gaps in data replication or replication lags. Even when using products that replicate data reliably, such as Oracle GoldenGate, there remain potential causes of data discrepancy.

When data discrepancies occur, businesses can see its impact in the form of incorrect decision-making; failed service-level agreements; and ultimately, operational, financial, and legal risk.

Oracle GoldenGate Veridata helps companies avoid these risks and operate their redundant systems with high confidence knowing that their backup systems, reporting databases, multi-master replication environments have consistency. Oracle GoldenGate Veridata provides an easy-to-use yet powerful solution for identifying out-of-synch data before it negatively impacts the business.

Deployed together with the Oracle GoldenGate real-time data replication  product or separately, Oracle GoldenGate Veridata ensures data consistency is maintained across databases. The software enables periodic checks—as frequently as desired—between heterogeneous source and the target databases without taking either system offline.

Some of the benefits of the product include:

  • Reduced risk exposure. Knowing about data inconsistencies can help address issues before they impact business operations. Oracle GoldenGate Veridata identifies data discrepancies so that corrective measures can be quickly taken.
  • Improve IT Productivity. Oracle GoldenGate Veridata's automated data comparison capabilities reduces the time and resources required for data validation Graphical illustrations and detailed reports clearly convey the key results and specific data disparities so that IT can take immediate corrective action. If there are no inconsistencies, users can document the accuracy of their data for regulatory compliance reporting needs.
  • Continuous operation during validation. With its ability to compare in-flight transactions, Oracle GoldenGate Veridata supports databases that are in use without interrupting business operations. Combining a light footprint and groundbreaking technology, the application imposes minimal impact on technology infrastructure.

If your organization has strict requirements to keep redundant systems consistent, I highly recommend reading more about Oracle GoldenGate Veridata product via our new white paper: Ensuring Data Consistency with Oracle GoldenGate Veridata.

You can also find out best practices on installation and configuration in the Oracle GoldenGate Veridata Handbook on My Oracle Support (Knowledge ID 1583563.1.)

Tuesday Feb 05, 2013

Deeper Look into Integrated Capture for Oracle Database

With Oracle GoldenGate 11gR2 we announced a new "Integrated Capture" process for the Oracle Database. In our launch webcast back in September'12 our product team presented this feature along with other key features such as intelligent conflict management, advanced encryption, global deployment support and more.  You can watch that webcast on demand here.

We now have a recorded presentation with more details on this new feature. You can watch the GoldenGate Integrated Capture screencast to get a deeper look into this feature.

Integrated Capture for Oracle Database is very unique in the industry. This feature enables a deeper integration into the database engine and serves as the foundation for new features GoldenGate for Oracle Database will be adding  in the future.

As we mentioned in our recent Maximum Availability with Oracle GoldenGate webcast, GoldenGate's Classic Capture is still available for both Oracle Database, as well as other non-Oracle databases GoldenGate supports. Below is an overview of supported Oracle Database versions and features for both Classic and Integrated Capture.

Also please make sure to check out our new resources on GoldenGate's continuous availability solutions to learn more about Integrated Capture feature and other key new features.

Thursday Jan 10, 2013

Maximum Availability with Oracle GoldenGate Webcast: On Demand Link & FAQ

Last month we had a live webcast on a hot topic: Maximum Availability with Oracle GoldenGate. The webcast presentation focused on how Oracle GoldenGate can help achieve maximum availability for Oracle Database and other major databases. This webcast was very useful in answering a frequently asked question around GoldenGate's role for Oracle Database Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) and when to use Oracle GoldenGate vs Active Data Guard. Product experts, Joe Meeks from Oracle Database High Availability product management team and Nick Wagner from Oracle GoldenGate product management team, addressed this question for us. Joe and Nick presented GoldenGate’s key solutions within MAA, and when to use which product along with Integrated Capture and Automated Conflict Management features of GoldenGate 11gR2. If you missed this event I highly recommend watching it on demand via the following link.

Watch On Demand:Maximum Availability with Oracle GoldenGate.

We also recorded a short podcast on this topic. Oracle GoldenGate 11gR2 for Maximum Availability

In the live webcast we had a very interactive audience who submitted over 100 questions during the event. Joe and Nick answered the most commonly asked questions about GoldenGate’s use cases and technology. Here are a few of the questions that we did not have time to answer during the event, along with the answers from the PM team.

  • Can I use the target database as warehouse for select only. If I were to allow users to this target, are there steps to ensure both source and target databases remain in sync?

 Yes you can use the target for read only or select only operations. Yes, we can do bi-directional active-active replication if you want to allow users to make changes to the target system. We can replicate those back to the source.

  • Can Integrated Capture be run on Oracle Database Standard Edition?

Yes, but all of the features that are only supported by Integrated Capture are only available with Oracle Database Enterprise Edition.

  •  Is it possible to capture database transactions from a source database using GoldenGate and publish them as messages into   a JMS queue?

Yes, GoldenGate can capture from and deliver to JMS queue. Please see our page for Java Adapter for more info. 

  • Can GoldenGate be used in environments where a number of tables do not have primary keys?

Yes. In tables without primary keys, we will use all non-LOB columns in the where clause for updates and deletes and then use ROWNUM = 1.

  • Is there a webinar that shows how to set up Oracle GoldenGate?

 Oracle GoldenGate Youtube channels has many useful videos and labs including “Oracle GoldenGate Fundamentals and How Oracle GoldenGate Works” and “Oracle GoldenGate Deep Dive Hands-on Labs” in 3 part series. You can browse and watch them here. Please check out GoldenGate training sessions with Oracle University as well.

I highly recommend subscribing to GoldenGate’s Youtube channel along with joining the GoldenGate Facebook and Twitter communities to get regular updates on the product.

Monday Aug 27, 2012

It was worth the wait… Welcome Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release 2

It certainly was worth the wait to meet Oracle GoldenGate 11gR2, because it is full of new features on multiple fronts. In fact, this release has the longest and strongest list of new features in Oracle GoldenGate’s history. The new release brings GoldenGate closer to the Oracle Database while expanding the support for global implementations and heterogeneous systems. It is more secure, more flexible, and faster.

We announced the availability of Oracle GoldenGate 11gR2 via a press release. If you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out. As covered in this announcement, there are a variety of improvements in the product:

  • Integrated Capture for Oracle Database: brings Oracle GoldenGate’s Capture process closer to the Oracle Database engine and enables support for Advanced Compression among other benefits.
  • Enhanced Conflict Detection & Resolution, speeds and simplifies the conflict detection and resolution process for Active-Active deployments.
  • Globalization, meaning Oracle GoldenGate can be deployed for databases that use multi-byte/Unicode character sets.
  • Security and Performance Improvements, includes support Federal Information Protection Standard (FIPS).
  • Increased Extensibility by kicking off actions based on an event record in the transaction log or in the Trail file.
  • Integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c , in addition to the Oracle GoldenGate Monitor product.
  • Expanded Heterogeneity, including capture from IBM DB2 for i on iSeries (AS/400) and delivery to Postgres

We will explain these new features in more detail at our upcoming launch webcast:

(Sept 12 8am/10am PT)

In addition to learning more about these new features, the webcast will allow you to ask your questions to product management via live Q&A section. So, I hope you will not miss this opportunity to explore the new release of Oracle GoldenGate 11g and see how it can deliver enterprise-class real-time data integration solutions..

I look forward to a great webcast to unveil GoldenGate’s new capabilities.

Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

A Customer Case Study: Zero Downtime Migration to Oracle Exadata Using Oracle GoldenGate

IT service continuity is a strategic goal for IT organizations, especially when it comes to mission-critical systems. A common interruption to IT services is planned outages such as system migrations, upgrades, consolidation etc. Because they can be planned, IT teams typically schedule them to "off business" hours to minimize impact on end users. 

What happens when you don't have long enough "off business hours" and need to upgrade your system to support the business? This issue comes up quite often with customers that have have critical systems with close to 24/7 up-time requirement and they decide to move to a new system such as Oracle Exadata. Exadata is a great fit for mission-critical systems with its extreme performance and reliability. When moving to this new, modern platform majority of companies have to plan carefully for the migration process with a focus on avoiding business interruption and minimizing the risks involved with the migration effort.

IQNavigator, the leading services procurement solution provider, is one of these many customers that needed a robust solution to eliminate downtime and minimize risks when moving to Exadata. The company chose Oracle GoldenGate to migrate to Oracle Exadata without downtime and with minimal risk. I am very happy to announce that next week we will be able to hear their story directly from IQNavigator's CEO of Emerging Markets and CTO, John F. Martin

  On December 15th 10am PT we will host a live webcast Zero Downtime Migration to Oracle Exadata Using Oracle GoldenGate: A Customer Case Study to share IQNavigator's implementation of GoldenGate for migrating to Exadata. Oracle's VP of Product Management/Development for Data Integration, Alok Pareek, will present about Oracle's real-time data integration offering for Oracle Exadata, as well.

    If you have plans to move to Oracle Exadata or have any other upgrade/migration project for your critical systems, I strongly recommend joining this webcast to learn how you can use GoldenGate for:

  • Real-time data replication between heterogeneous systems to eliminate downtime
  • Active-Active database synchronization for phased migration to minimize risk
  • Real-time data feeds into Oracle Exadata for reporting with timely information
  • Reliable real-time data synchronization for the standby system

To join this free & live webcast on December 15th you can register here.


Monday Sep 26, 2011

Leaders Discuss at OpenWorld: Achieving Zero Downtime Upgrades and Migrations

OpenWorld brings us another exciting session about a hot topic: system upgrades and migrations. This time it is a panel discussion between industry leaders that undertook pretty large projects with strict requirements for minimizing downtime. Fedex, SiriusXM Radio, and Dell will talk about the best practices they followed in their highly-critical migration projects and how they removed the risk of interrupting business operations leveraging Oracle GoldenGate.

On this blog site and in many of our webcasts we have talked about Oracle GoldenGate’s unique solution for upgrades and migrations. GoldenGate’s real-time, bi-directional, and heterogeneous data replication capabilities enable to switch over to the new system without downtime. It also offers a failback option by keeping the old system in synch after the switchover,  in case the new system experiences a problem. In this session, we will hear from these select customers how they configured GoldenGate for their unique project requirements.

Fedex will talk about how they are moving their data centers, and SiriusXM Radio will talk about how they consolidated data models for subscription management system after the merger. Dell’s discussion will include how they migrated their Active-Active replication environment that used Oracle Streams in the past to Oracle GoldenGate.

If you will be at Open World, and have any plans for systems upgrades or migrations, don’t miss the opportunity to hear the real-life implementation stories, lessons learned and, best practice tips.

Customer Panel: Achieving Zero-Downtime Upgrades and Migrations

Monday October 3rd 2-3pm PST

Intercontinental Hotel, Ballroom B

Monday Sep 19, 2011

How Sprint Overcame Data Replication Challenges with Oracle GoldenGate

In today’s 24/7, fast-paced world, real-time data replication is a critical technology to support mission-critical systems. The real challenge is to perform this real-time data movement with a solution that is flexible and reliable in terms of speed and data delivery. At OpenWorld 2011 we will hear from an industry leader, Sprint , how they leveraged Oracle GoldenGate in achieving real-time data replication with high-speed, reliability and flexibility to support heterogeneous data sources.


Sprint implemented GoldenGate in multiple strategic projects. One of these key projects that this session will highlight is their data warehousing solution. Sprint uses GoldenGate to feed customer billing information from their hosted billing systems to their on-premise Data Warehouse, giving them a complete picture of their business. The session will include the techniques Sprint used to meet target environment’s SLAs and how they handled end-of-day processing challenges in its data warehouse, using Oracle GoldenGate's high-performance and low-impact data integration technology.


Another important project that Sprint will cover is their database upgrades with Oracle GoldenGate, which they were able to complete without interrupting their business operations.


I strongly recommend attending this session, to hear from Sprint's GoldenGate expert directly how they selected the technology and how they used it in solving multiple challenges across their organization.



"Overcoming Data Replication Challenges with Oracle GoldenGate


Thursday October 6th 12-1 pm PST

Intercontinental Hotel- Telegraph Hill Room



You can find out about other updates and reminders for the Data Integration sessions  via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Thursday Sep 15, 2011

Moving from Oracle Streams to Oracle GoldenGate at Thomson Reuters

By Volker Kuhr

Acquisition of GoldenGate Software took place 2 years ago around this time and brought many changes to Oracle’s data replication offering. It also raised questions among Oracle Streams users and Oracle replication experts, like myself, considering both products are built on the same idea: reading transaction logs to mine changed data. Oracle’s acquisition of GoldenGate was due to Oracle's focus on bringing best-of-breed technology to its customers. Hence Oracle GoldenGate became the strategic data replication product based on its heterogeneity, flexibility, performance, and ease of use. For many of the existing Streams customers this development brought up the question whether they should move their critical projects using Streams to GoldenGate. Thomson Reuters is one of these customers that evaluated and completed migrating its Active-Active database replication solution from Streams to GoldenGate.


Thomson Reuters will present its evaluation and migration process at OpenWorld:

Active/Active: Moving from Oracle Streams to Oracle GoldenGate at Thomson Reuters

Monday October 3, 2011 3:30 PM PT – 4:30 PM 

               Intercontinental Hotel- Sutter Room

In this session you will see that there is a possibility of a silent migration without any impact to the production environment. This is very important for business operations nowadays since the impact of a system outage becomes more and more expensive, and causes accountability issues in management.


A key aspect of the environment at Thomson Reuters is the Active/Active database replication, which will be discussed as well. Conflict detection and resolution is a characteristic that you definitely must be aware of in this type of solution. While this issue is addressed by application design and data ownership, there are certain areas where the technology must cope with this topic. So it will be part of this session as well.

Come join us at this session to hear it straight from the customer why and how Thomson Reuters moved its Active/Active database replication solution to GoldenGate.

To find out what else is happening in the Data Integration track please take a look here.

Tuesday Jun 28, 2011

Join our webcast: Discover What’s New in Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate

Data integration team has organized a series of webcasts for this summer. We are kicking it off this Thursday June 30th at 10am PT with a product update webcast: Discover What’s New in Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate. In this webcast you will hear from product management about the new patch updates to both GoldenGate 11g R1 and ODI 11gR1.

Jeff Pollock, Sr. Director of Product Management for ODI will talk about the new features in Oracle Data Integrator 11.1.1.5, including the data lineage integration with OBI EE, enhanced web services to support flexible architectures as well as capabilities for efficient object execution such as Load Plans. Jeff will discuss support for complex files and performance enhancements.

Chris McAllister, Sr. Director of Product Management for Oracle GoldenGate will cover the new features of Oracle GoldenGate 11.1.1.1 such as increased data security by supporting Oracle Database Advanced Security option, deeper integration with Oracle Database, and the expanded list of heterogeneous databases GoldenGate supports . Chris will also talk about the new Oracle GoldenGate 11gR1 release for HP NonStop platform and will provide information on our strategic direction for product development.

Join us this Thursday at 10am PT/ 1pm ET to hear directly from Data Integration Product Management . You can register here for the June 30th webcast as well as for the upcoming ones in our summer webcast series.

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