Monday Sep 09, 2013

Boosting Oracle Applications with Oracle GoldenGate: Hear from Masterminds

In recent blogs we have mentioned new data integration solutions and resources for Oracle Applications. Oracle Data Integration products provide incremental value, the AppAdvantage, to Oracle Application users by maximizing performance and availability, and by enabling real-time insight.

Many Oracle Applications customers such as Herbalife and BT, have seen great results from GoldenGate’s solutions. Herbalife used GoldenGate for offloading Oracle E-Business Suite operational reporting to an ODS. As a result the company increased performance significantly while improving the business reports using real-time data. BT used GoldenGate for upgrading its Siebel CRM system to the latest version without impacting operations, with minimized risk, and improved system performance by 5%.

There are many more customers who achieved major performance, availability, and improved insight. This year at Oracle OpenWorld we decided to showcase GoldenGate’s strong offering for Oracle Applications in a customer panel:

A Panel of Masterminds: Perspectives from Oracle GoldenGate Customers

Tuesday, Sep 24, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM - Moscone West – 2024

In this session industry leaders, Smuckers , Veolia Water, and Land O’Lakes, will talk about their use of GoldenGate for Oracle Applications including E-Business Suite and JD Edwards. The panelists will discuss the best practices and tips for using GoldenGate’s real-time data replication capabilities in offloading reporting to a reporting environment and migrating or upgrading their application environment.

If you attended previous OpenWorld’s customer panels within the Data Integration track, you know there will be great depth in the discussion. For example, last year we had two customer panels for GoldenGate. In one panel St. Jude Medical, Equifax, and Bank of America, presented how they achieved eliminated planned downtime for critical systems using GoldenGate, and in another panel Comcast, Raymond James, and Turk Telekom discussed operational reporting solutions using GoldenGate. 

Both sessions had great audience participation and I expect this year’s panels will be very interactive too.

Another related session on using GoldenGate for Oracle Applications is going to be delivered by the product management team. GoldenGate PM will be joined with PMs from Oracle  BI Applications and Oracle Coherence teams. The team will present latest  updates such as tight integration with Oracle Coherence, and solutions for Oracle BI Applications, E-Business Suite, Siebel CRM, ATG Web Commerce and more.

Powering Solutions for Oracle Applications with Oracle GoldenGate

Wednesday, Sep 25, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West - 2024

 I hope those of you who will be at OpenWorld will join these sessions. If you will not be at OpenWorld, you can visit our new resource center to download free screencasts and white papers on our solutions for Oracle Applications.

Friday Jun 21, 2013

What Comes Next After You Decide on Using Oracle Exadata

As Oracle Exadata continues to expand its footprint for both transaction and analytical processing, moving existing systems to Exadata and feeding it with enterprise data on an ongoing basis have become important discussion topics for Exadata customers. Consolidation and migration is the first step of this powerful journey with Exadata, and I'd like to start there in today's blog post.   

The systems that benefit from Exadata's extreme performance and reliability are typically business-critical systems that carry major risks when it comes to migration. Any downtime or data loss can have significant impact to the business in terms of revenue generation, customer loyalty, and productivity. As Oracle GoldenGate user community knows well, GoldenGate's heteregenous, real-time, and bidirectional replication capabilities enable very strong zero downtime migration and consolidation solutions for major databases and platforms including Oracle, IBM DB2 (zOS, iSeries, and LUW), HP NonStop, SQL Server, Sybase ASE, MySQL, and Teradata.

We discussed GoldenGate's zero downtime migration to Exadata offering and best practices with our customer IQNavigator in a webcast that is now available on demand:

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

If you have not watched it, I highly recommend listening to the discussion, as it clearly explains there should be no concerns around causing business interruption when moving to Oracle Exadata using GoldenGate.  GoldenGate's failback option to the old environment is a great tool for minimizing risk and many organizations adopt that approach for their business-critical systems.  

In addition to migration to Oracle Exadata, customers use GoldenGate, and Oracle Data Integrator, with Exadata in a variety ways leveraging the natural fit between these technologies:

  • Active-active database synchronization across the globe for data distribution, continuous availability, and zero downtime maintenance purposes.
  • Real-time or near real-time data loading to data warehouse, or consolidated database, on Oracle Exadata from heterogeneous sources. Oracle Data Integrator plays the major role in this use case as it integrates with GoldenGate and loads data warehouse in near real-time after performing transformations within the Exadata machine. This use case will be another blog topic soon as it is a strong best practice for performing ETL/ E-LT for Exadata.
  • Moving change data from an OLTP application running on Exadata in real time, for downstream consumption by other systems including supporting service integration.

As additional resources on best practices for migrating to Exadata I'd like to point you to couple of great white papers: Zero-Downtime Migration to Oracle Exadata Using Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle GoldenGate on Exadata Database Machine.

Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Near Zero Downtime Upgrades for Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management

Billing application is one of the key systems for a communications company. It is critical for not only revenue generation but also for customer experience.  Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) solutions offers a flexible and reliable solution that helps service providers maximize customer value and profitability, and enhance business agility. Oracle BRM supports new business models including cloud, machine to machine (M2M), and mobile virtual network operators (MVNO).  Many of the world's leading, and innovative service providers—including France Telecom, Vodafone, Swisscom, Savvis, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and Nintendo, rely on the BRM application for their critical billing operations.

When it comes to upgrading a major system, such as BRM, things may get a bit tricky. Until recently there were only two approaches to upgrading BRM systems: In-place upgrades and the parallel system run. The in-place upgrade approach means the current BRM system would be shut down and brought back up after it is upgraded to the latest release of BRM. In addition to downtime, it puts heavy risk on the business. The parallel system run approach is an attempt in having two BRM systems running live in parallel. Unfortunately, this approach could only keep a portion of the data in-sync between the two systems as not all data feeds could be applied to both databases. Both of these approaches to upgrade resulted in downtime, which is not desirable for a system that drives revenue and impacts customer experience directly. 

Oracle GoldenGate offers a third approach to upgrade BRM systems and fortunately this new solution delivers near zero downtime and minimized risk.  Using GoldenGate's real-time data replication capability IT teams can create a full copy of the new BRM system on the latest software release without impacting the current BRM system. End users can use the old version, while a parallel system can be upgraded to the newest version of the release, kept in synch in real time with the active database, and tested thoroughly without time pressure before end users switch over to the upgraded BRM instance. GoldenGate's failback option also mitigates the risk to the business during the upgrade process. Oracle GoldenGate’s unique software platform does not require any changes to the source BRM system and uses minimal system resources. The solution supports BRM clients running BRM 7.2 or higher.

This is a very powerful solution for BRM users and we decided to explain the solution in depth via a screencast to help BRM users understand the new method better. If you have a mission-critical BRM system I highly recommend watching the screencast below to learn the detailed implementation steps.

You can watch the screencast also on Oracle Media Network, or Oracle's YouTube account. We have a white paper Near Zero Downtime Upgrade for Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) Application that you can download for more information as well.

Friday Feb 22, 2013

Türk Telekom Saves Big and Improves Performance with Real-Time Archiving Solution

Written by:

Serkan KARATAS, Database Division Manager, Türk Telekom

Sandrine Riley, Oracle Data Integration Product Management


Türk Telekom--a leading communication and convergence technology company in Turkey and the country’s most valuable brand for the last four years according to Brand Finance--provides fixed line communications and broadband internet services. The company, which was founded in 1994 by separating from Posta ve Telgraf Teşkilatı, the national post and telegraph directorate of Turkey, owns more than 14.3 million fixed access lines—nearly all fixed access lines in Turkey—and 7 million asymmetric, digital subscriber lines.

Challenges and Goals

Türk Telekom’s challenge came with growth in becoming a leader in their industry. Customer relationship, sales, marketing, and finance departments needed accurate, timely, and well reported data from the organization's core CRM, billing and payment systems. Unfortunately, the overall data latency, movement, and accuracy were not optimal. The reports needed by these departments were critical for business practices around debt tracking and collecting, detecting of revenue leakages, overall churn prevention, as well as revenue assurance controls. In addition, these reports needed to incorporate online real-time data as well as historical data. In response to the challenges it faced, Türk Telekom set out to build a solution where reports would be delivered on time with maximum performance, leveraging all the appropriate data for better data analysis relevant to the critical business processes. Initially, the team tried to serve all the reports from core OLTP systems, quickly realizing they suffered from performance issues. They needed to reduce the amount of data on the OLTP system, and have the ability to report leveraging the historical data, all at the same time. Additionally, unplanned downtime with the systems was becoming an issue, and the need for data archiving became apparent.

Solution and Results

Türk Telekom was familiar with GoldenGate, as they had used it for their real-time data warehouse, as well as for some zero downtime migrations. Pleased with their prior results, they embarked on a new project in using Oracle GoldenGate for online archiving. This may very well be the first implementation of its kind in the market. Oracle GoldenGate is used to replicate the data to the archive database with near real-time latency, with the ability to purge historical data from the core OLTP database without replicating the purge activity to the archive database. Unlike other archiving solutions, the archive database contains not only historical data but also hot data, and, the archiving processes run while the systems are online and in real-time – not with offline scheduled batches.

Development and testing took about six months, and once this solution was implemented, it showed big results, very quickly. Within 1 month’s time of the solution’s go-live, full return on investment was achieved. Türk Telekom has saved approximately 55 million US dollars in revenue during just the first year ! The company has decreased overall churn rate due to debt by 60%, and has drastically increased OLTP performance by 10X. The business now has immediate access to sales, marketing and financial reports – providing the appropriate departments data to better handle debt tracking, and revenue leakages for example. As initially promised, the reports generated combine historical and real-time data as desired for the business.

Türk Telekom also saw many technical improvements based on this solution as well. 65% percent of disk space was saved once the historical data was archived. Storage and back-up costs shrunk by 40%, and maintenance costs of the production database decreased by 50%. Overall, the systems are more flexible and perform better with the use of Oracle GoldenGate.

But that isn’t all. Türk Telekom is not finished using Oracle GoldenGate. Future projects include: archiving large log tables and transaction tables on the OLTP database for Siebel and Oracle SOA Suite applications in use, directing all application reports to the archive database and totally removing the workload on the OLTP database, as well as wanting to use the archive database as the source for GoldenGate replication to configure cascading replication from the archive database. While lots of work is ahead for the team at Türk Telekom – their success and desire for more of it is very motivating!

For more details, please see Turk Telecom’s Oracle OpenWorld 2012 presentation:

http://www.myexpospace.com/oracle2012/SessionFiles/CON8876_PDF_8876_0001.pdf

its customer snapshot:

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/customers/customersearch/turk-telekom-5-gg-ss-1872904.html

and podcast:

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OracleOfmRadio/~3/RIpUbVF1HhI/12755074_Turk_Telekom_101212.mp3

Tuesday Oct 16, 2012

Sabre Manages Fast Data Growth with Oracle Data Integration Products

Last year at OpenWorld we announced Sabre Holding as a winner of the Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards. The Sabre team did an excellent job at leveraging cutting edge technologies for managing rapid data growth and exponential scalability demands they have experienced in the travel industry.

Today we announced the details and specific benefits of Sabre’s new real-time data integration solution in a press release. Please take a look if you haven’t seen it yet. Sabre Holdings Deploys Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate to Support Rapid Customer Growth

There are 3 different areas of benefits Sabre achieved by using Oracle Data Integration products:

  • Manages 7X increase in data sources for the enterprise data warehouse
  • Reduced infrastructure complexity
  • Decreased time to market for new products and services by 30 percent.

This simply shows that using latest technologies helps the companies to innovate robust solutions against today’s key data management challenges. And the benefit of using a next generation data integration technology is not only seen in the IT operations, but also in the business side. A better data integration solution for the enterprise data warehouse delivered the platform they need to accelerate how they service their customers, improving their competitive advantage.

Tomorrow I will give another great example of innovation with next generation data integration from Oracle. We will be discussing the Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards 2012 winners and their results with using Oracle’s data integration products.

Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Update: Oracle GoldenGate for High Availability

One of our primary themes this year for the Oracle OpenWorld Sessions featuring Oracle GoldenGate is High Availability. This is a pretty wide theme, but the focus will be on ways of maximizing uptime for critical systems during planned and unplanned events.

We have a number of very informative sessions dedicated to exploring this theme in detail; from deep product implementation strategies up to lessons learned by our customers when using Oracle GoldenGate to meet strict SLAs.

We kick this track off with our Customer Panel on Zero Downtime Operations on Monday, which I overviewed in my last posting. This is followed by Comcast, who will be hosting a sessions at 1:45PM in Moscone West 3014. Their session will discuss using Oracle GoldenGate to reduce downtime during a database upgrade. Here’s an overview:

CON8571 - Oracle Database Upgrade with Oracle GoldenGate: Best Practices from Comcast

Does your business demand high availability? In this session, Comcast, among the largest telecom firms in the world, shares tips on how to achieve zero downtime while upgrading to Oracle Database 11g Release 2, using a combination of Oracle technologies: Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC), Oracle Database’s Grid Infrastructure and Oracle Recovery Manager (Oracle RMAN) features, Oracle GoldenGate, and Oracle Active Data Guard. This successful upgrade took place on a mission-critical system that handles more than 60 million business requests and service calls a day. You’ll also hear how Comcast leverages Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services, including an Oracle Solution Support Center, to maximize performance and availability of its Oracle technologies.

On Tuesday, Joydip Kundu (Director of Software Development) will be presenting “Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Data Guard: Working Together Seamlessly” at 10:15AM in Moscone South 3005. This session focuses on how both modes of Oracle GoldenGate extract (Classic and Integrated Capture) can be used with Oracle Data Guard for disaster recovery purposes or to offload extract processing.

That afternoon at 1:15PM Comcast takes the stage again to discuss firsthand lessons learned implementing Oracle GoldenGate in a heterogeneous, highly available environment. Here’s a rundown of their session:

CON8750 - High-Volume OLTP with Oracle GoldenGate: Best Practices from Comcast

Does your business demand high availability in a mission-critical environment? In this session, Comcast, one of the largest telecom firms, shares best practices for leveraging Oracle GoldenGate to replicate high-volume online transaction processing data from Tandem NSK SQL/MX to Teradata. Hear critical success factors from Comcast for overall platform and component architectures as well as configuration and tuning techniques. Learn how it met the challenges of replication in a complex heterogeneous environment. You’ll also hear how Comcast leverages Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services, including an Oracle Solution Support Center, to provide mission-critical support for maximized performance and availability of its Oracle environment.

The final session on the high availability track will be hosted by Patricia Mcelroy (Distinguished Product Manager) and Stephan Haisly (Principle Member of Technical Staff). Their session (CON8401 - Tuning and Troubleshooting Oracle GoldenGate on Oracle Database) covers techniques for performance tuning and troubleshooting of Oracle GoldenGate on Oracle Database. Using various types of workloads (OLTP, batch, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise), the presentation steps through the process of monitoring and troubleshooting the configuration to maximize performance and replication throughput within and between Oracle clouds.

Join us at our sessions or stop by our demo pods in Moscone south and meet the product management and development teams.  For additional information, please refer to the document Focus on Data Integration, which lists all things Data Integration at Oracle OpenWorld. 

Tuesday Sep 04, 2012

Reaching to the Holy Grail of Data Management

Pervasive, continuous access to trusted data. That’s the ultimate goal of data management. It enables to leverage data as an asset to create value for customers and the organization. It creates the strong foundation needed to move the business forward. How you get there is also critical. As with all IT initiatives using high performance solutions with low cost of ownership is another key requirement in today’s IT world. Oracle's  data integration product strategy focuses on helping customers achieve this ultimate goal with high performance and low TCO.

 At OpenWorld, we will be showing how Oracle Data Integration products help you reach your data management goals, considering new trends in information management, such as big data and cloud computing. We will also provide an update on the latest product releases, such as Oracle GoldenGate 11gR2.

If you will be at OpenWorld, please join us on Monday Oct 1st 10:45am at Moscone West – 3005 to hear our VP of Product Development, Brad Adelberg, present "Future Strategy, Direction, and Roadmap of Oracle’s Data Integration Platform".

The Data Integration track at OpenWorld covers variety of topics and speakers. In addition to product management of Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Data Integrator, and Enteprise Data Quality presenting product updates and roadmap, we have several customer panels and stand-alone sessions featuring select customers such as St. Jude Medical, Raymond James, Aderas, Turkcell, Paychex, Comcast,  Ticketmaster, Bank of America and more. You can see an overview of Data Integration sessions here.

If you are not able to attend OpenWorld, please check out our latest resources for Data Integration and Oracle GoldenGate. In the coming weeks you will see more blogs about our products’ new capabilities and what to expect at OpenWorld.

I hope to see you at OpenWorld and stay in touch via our future blogs.


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.

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.

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