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Unless it is a brand new company or has built a completely new data center, I’d say every company has an outdated legacy database or an aging platform in place.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.

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