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

Thursday Sep 22, 2011

Achieving Business Continuity for EMR Environments: UPMC's Case Study

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is revolutionizing the healthcare industry by delivering improved patient care and operational efficiencies. To make sure the initiative lives up to its potential, the move to EMR requires working with a robust IT infrastructure. Particularly, when everything is moved to the digital world, a key requirement for uninterrupted patient care is maintaining high levels of availability for clinical systems that contain patient data.

UPMC is a national leader in adoption of EMRs and empowered its diverse health care network that includes 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites with clinical applications from Cerner. To enable business continuity for its Cerner appliations, UPMC has implemented a system that uses Oracle GoldenGate and Cerner’s 724Access® software to deliver clinicians continuous and secure access to the most up-to-date patient and order data.

In less than 2 weeks, at OpenWorld we will have the opportunity to hear directly from UPMC how they implemented Oracle GoldenGate for their Cerner applications and what results they have seen so far.


UPMC Case Study: Achieving Business Continuity with Oracle GoldenGate

Tuesday October 4th 10:15 am

Intercontinental Hotel- Telegraph Hill Room


For me personally, GoldenGate’s use for business continuity in a healthcare setting is one of the most exciting, and rewarding discussions. It shows how real-time data integration technology can help improve patient care and prevent service interruptions that can cost lives. It makes me proud to be part of a technology solution that, even though indirectly, helps improve quality of care we receive.

I am truly looking forward to hearing Bill Costantini from UPMC present their project for us at OpenWorld. Hope you can join me in this valuable session.

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

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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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 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.

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