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



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Tuesday Sep 13, 2011

Transforming Legacy Databases with Oracle's Complete Data Integration Solution

Unless it is a brand new company or has built a completely new data center, I’d say every company has an outdated legacy database or an aging platform in place. These systems not only create inefficiencies and higher cost in IT operations, but also slow down the business due to reduced agility. They are simply not designed for today’s business and IT environment.

While this is a common challenge for IT organizations, and many want to bring these legacy systems up to date sooner than later, the migration itself deters some organizations, as it does not look like a trivial task. Especially the downtime is a concern when mission-critical business systems are involved.

We have a great success example on overcoming this legacy database transformation challenge and removing the hurdle around downtime. Sabre Holdings will present at OpenWorld about their use of Oracle Data Integration products, particularly Oracle GoldenGate, in migrating to a completely redesigned systems without any downtime.


It is not surprising that Sabre Holdings had to eliminate downtime in such a major project, given that its Global Distribution System for the travel industry is a highly critical system that travelers across the world depend on 24/7/365. What I find very innovative about their implementation is that they ran both the legacy NonStop system with the new Oracle Database 11g with RAC on Linux in parallel to completely eliminate downtime and have a failback option in the migration process.

I strongly recommend attending Sabre Holding’s session at OpenWorld if you have any plans for legacy database migration or database upgrades:


Transforming Legacy Databases with Oracle's Complete Data Integration Solution

Tuesday October 4th 10:15-11:15am

Intercontinental Hotel - Union Square Room

As a reminder, please listen to our recent podcast about which other sessions you can expect at OpenWorld in the Data Integration track.

Friday Jul 22, 2011

There's No Stopping Zero Downtime

With the recent acquisition of Ksplice – an innovative company that offers zero downtime update technology for Linux – Oracle once again quenches its thirst for zero downtime solutions.

Zero downtime has come a long way since its early roots. Today high availability is incorporated as a feature in almost every type of hardware, networking, software solution to the point that it is almost expected that we call any of our solutions: highly available, just like we expect any car we buy to have fuel injection, or air conditioning. [In fact even our cars actually have a bit of HA built into them!]

But Zero Downtime is clearly something much more sophisticated, as it enables a Maximum Availability Architecture, which helps save enormous amount of costs associated with both planned and unplanned downtime. This downtime has an enormous cost. There have been countless studies on this as to the way to compute the CIO Mag has pegged it on average at 1 million per hour but some other ones I have seen cite that for the financial industry it’s about 6X that cost. Whatever the cost comes to, it’s not worth the risk, and one of the reasons for why Oracle has invested heavily into this area, not just acquisitions alone but also with R&D investment as well.

So where to get more of this Zero Downtime stuff from Oracle? Below are some great resources where you can find out more, especially highlighting many of the Data Integration elements here from GoldenGate:

There’s really no stopping Zero Downtime as both an important trend to the IT industry, and frankly there’s no stopping Oracle on this either.

Tuesday Jun 07, 2011

Zero Downtime Migration to Oracle Exadata with Oracle GoldenGate

System upgrades, migrations, consolidation and maintenance activities are fact of life in today’s IT environment, as companies strive to achieve higher performance, scalability and flexibility. Those activities typically require a “planned outage" and for systems that support global operations or require 24/7 availability even a planned outage can be disruptive to business.

Currently we see a great demand from customers for consolidating their databases to Oracle Exadata. As they embark on these projects, they also seek a solution to avoid interrupting availability of their business-critical systems, as it can significantly impact revenue, productivity, and customer satisfaction. Oracle GoldenGate’s real-time, heterogeneous data replication capabilities come very handy in these migration and consolidation projects. It synchronizes old environment, for example DB2, SQL Server or an earlier version of Oracle Database, with the new Oracle Exadata system in real time. While the new environment is prepared and tested, Oracle GoldenGate captures every new transaction from the production system and delivers to Oracle Exadata as soon as it is ready. Once the systems are in sync applications and users can be pointed to the Exadata system immediately without any downtime.

One recent customer that chose Oracle GoldenGate for migration to Exadata is e-Dialog. They are part of GSI Commerce Inc., and provide integrated digital marketing solutions to businesses worldwide. When their message volumes for multichannel marketing and campaign analytics services started to increase rapidly they decided to move to Exadata to achieve higher performance. At the same time they had to ensure business continuity during the migration as any outage would impact their customers’ access to their services. They used Oracle GoldenGate to complete the migration in phases over six months. Oracle GoldenGate’s bidirectional replication capabilities allowed e-Dialog to run the legacy system along with Exadata concurrently. I invite you to read more about e-Dialog success story to learn how Oracle GoldenGate enables successful migration to Oracle Exadata.

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