Friday Apr 08, 2016

Creating your Rapid Home Provisioning Server just got easier (1-click!)

Rapid Home Provisioning is a feature of Grid Infrastructure 12.1 which provisions and manages software homes across a data center.  RHP:

Enables and enforces standardization

Simplifies provisioning and patching

Minimizes the impact and risk of maintenance

Increases automation and reduces touch points

Supports large scale deployments

The steps to configure a Rapid Home Provisioning Server (the central repository and brains of an RHP ecosystem) are nicely described in MOS note 2097026.1.

But if you're interested in cutting to the chase, check out this new MOS note 2124960.1 which provides a script that will set up your RHP Server with one command.  Answer a few questions, and you're up and running.

Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

IOUG Webinar: We've Done Private Oracle DBaaS, What's Next - OpenWorld Post-Mortem

One of the OOW events covering private and hybrid Database as a Service was a lively panel discussion. Several of the experts from that gathering will share their learnings and insights in an IOUG webinar:

We've Done Private Oracle DBaaS, What's Next - OpenWorld Post-Mortem

From the registration page:
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Come listen to the Cloud Experts of the Cloud Computing SIG leadership discuss all the new Private and Public Cloud initiatives announced at Oracle OpenWorld (OOW). In this 2nd part panel discussion on Oracle Public Cloud (OPC) and Hybrid Cloud, we will provide strategic and technical details to the various cloud offerings that were announced at OOW. We will also provide relevant use cases on how you can leverage OPC.

Featured Speakers: Kai Yu, Senior Principal Engineer, Oracle ACE Director, Enterprise Solutions Engineering, Dell Inc.; Gustavo Rene Antunez, Team Lead, Pythian; Charles Kim, Oracle ACE Director, VMware vExpert, Founder and President, Viscosity; Steve Lemme, Director, Oracle; and Nitin Vengurlekar, CTO, Viscosity North America

Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

On-Premises and Hybrid Clouds: Database as a Service topics at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld is less than a month away!  If one of your interests is On-Premises/Hybrid Database as a Service, then make sure these speaking sessions at Oracle OpenWorld are on your calendar:

Speaking sessions featuring On-Premises / Hybrid DBaaS

and of course you won't want to miss

Create a Database Service Catalog on Wednesday October 28th at 11:00 am

Finally, don't forget to visit us in the Demogrounds in Moscone South.  The hours are Monday and Tuesday 10:15-6:00, and Wednesday 10:15-4:15.  We'll be talking about "Private Database Cloud: Service Catalog, Hybrid Cloud" and "Planned Maintenance with Rapid Home Provisioning".  And of course can help with any other Oracle Database topics that interest you.

See you there!

Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

Building Bridges to the Hybrid Cloud

As their on-premises database clouds grow and mature, enterprises are exploring how to integrate these solutions with public clouds.  Oracle's public cloud has been adding new offerings which create diverse opportunities for exploiting hybrid cloud use cases.  

Learn more about what's new in this webcast series.

And if you aren't using Oracle's Database Cloud service, there's a great new way to get started: click Try It >  for a 30-day trial!

Saturday Aug 15, 2015

Upcoming Conference in CEE region - Architects' Club discussing Hybrid Cloud

The next session of the Architects' Club will take place 18 August in Bucharest, Romania, CEE Region. 

Hybrid Cloud is the topic of interest which will be under discussions with architects from partners and customers

Agenda and full details here.

The progressive adoption of public cloud offerings alongside on premises installations creates a sophisticated hybrid cloud environment which relies on integration for its effectiveness. During this workshop Hybrid Cloud approaches will be presented and discussed. You will have an opportunity to explore the following domains: Overview of Hybrid Cloud, Integration Cloud Service, Hybrid Cloud - Example Use Cases.

Friday May 01, 2015

New data sheet for Rapid Home Provisioning

If you're a busy DBA you might not have the time to read a detailed whitepaper about a feature that may or may not be important to you.  If that's why you haven't read the whitepaper covering the Oracle Database 12c feature Rapid Home Provisioning, then you'll be pleased to know we've posted a data sheet that will quickly take you through the key benefits and capabilities, and also provides architectural and operational highlights.

 From there, the white paper and online docs await.  Oh and we've also got several blog entries on common use cases.  Is it all worth your attention?  Check out the data sheet to see.

Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

Upcoming Conferences


This annual conference will take place April 12-16 in Las Vegas.  Full details here.

If you cannot attend in-person, join in virtually through Plug-in to Vegas

Either way, finish filing your taxes early so you don't miss the speaking session on one of my favorite topics - Service Catalogs for delivering Oracle Database as a Service.  The session is part of the Cloud Computing Track.  It is scheduled the morning of Wednesday April 15 from 10:45-11:45.

Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Speaking of conferences, it's hard to believe but it's already time to start thinking about OpenWorld.  Join us in The City by the Bay from October 25-28.  Watch for details on this year's On-Premises Database Cloud topics.  In the meantime, if you have any ideas on speaking topics, don't hesitate to submit your proposals before April 29th.

Wednesday Feb 11, 2015

Cross-Site Load Balancing - Prerequisites and Steps to Be Performed

Summary of the Prerequisites and Steps to Be Performed

Let’s consider the following configuration:

Site A: Primary is replicated by Active Data Guard to Site B: Secondary

Site B: Primary is replicated by Active Data Guard to Site A: Secondary

Let's assume that we have a pdb (MY_PDB) which runs on Site A: Primary. If, for example the workload is too high on Site A: Primary and a specific SLA can not be fulfilled, we can perform the following steps in order to move MY_PDB to Site B: Primary where the SLA can be met:

1. Stop MY_PDB on Site A: Primary and Site B: Secondary(Log files will continue to apply in MOUNT DB Mode)

2. Unplug MY_PDB from Site A: Primary

3. Copy XML manifest to the other site – Site B: Primary

4. Setup aliases on Site B: Primary and Site A: Secondary

5. Ensure media recovery (MRP) is running on the Site A: Secondary

6. Plugin MY_PDB on Site B: Primary

7. Check MY_PDB was replicated on Site A: Secondary

8. Open MY_PDB on Site B: Primary

9. Open MY_PDB (Read Only) on Site A: Secondary (if Active DG is running)

10. Drop MY_PDB on Site A: Primary (keep Datafiles)

These steps show that load balancing across sites is possible using a combination of Oracle Multitenant and Oracle Data Guard. When coupled with the flexibility offered by Oracle Real Application Clusters for local site management, it is an excellent example of the level agility and flexibility that enable a full-featured Database as a Service deployment.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

Compare and Contrast (and mix-n-match) Oracle's SPARC V12N choices

new white paper from Oracle's Elite Engineering Exchange team provides an excellent guide to the different virtualization technologies available on SPARC platforms, including guidance on when to employ each - either alone, or in combination with another technology.  PDoms, LDoms, and different flavors of Solaris Zones are evaluated in terms of

  • Security Isolation
  • Resource Isolation
  • Efficiency
  • Availability
  • Serviceability
  • Flexibility
  • Agility

Although the paper is not specific to database deployments, the key points apply to all workload tiers.  And while the discussion is on SPARC technologies, many points apply to all virtualization technologies.  For example, from our DBaaS perspective, the following quote from the paper couldn't say it better:

"When a traditional  monolithic virtualization approach is taken where machines are mapped one-to-one to virtual machines, there is no overall reduction in the operational complexity of the system, because there are still the same number of entities to be managed ... the aim should be to consolidate workloads, not simply to consolidate machines, because it is workload consolidation that will drive the operational efficiencies of the data center."

 This summary from the paper shows the full scope of the discussion - the paper looks at each of these rows in detail, and finishes with an evaluation of the combinations that make sense (and when they are indicated).  Great reading for anyone looking to consolidate workloads onto SPARC platforms.

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Oracle Database Learning Steam Video - DBaaS Service Catalog

I recently had the good fortune to record a video on Service Catalogs for Oracle University's Oracle Database Learning Streams series. The video is roughly 30 minutes long and covers the basics of catalog and service definitions, and introduces our standardized service offerings for Oracle DBaaS in a private database cloud.

The video is one of many which you can view in its entirety simply by registering with Oracle University.

All the Database Streams videos are located here.

Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

A new guide to Database as a Service

A new two-part "workbook" is now available to guide your journey to delivering a private database cloud.  Insights from IDC, e-DBA, KPN and the State of Texas provide real-life counsel from seasoned experts at the forefront of the industry's shift to cloud.

Transforming Your IT Environment with a Database Cloud Delivering Database as a Service to Your Organization

Enjoy the read and if you have follow-up questions or comments, you know where to find me ...

Friday Sep 05, 2014

New whitepaper: Database as a Service Reaches New Heights of Efficiency

An IDC research vice president, senior Oracle product managers and a solution provider's technology director explain how Database as a Service Reaches New Heights of Efficiency by leveraging the latest technologies in Oracle Database 12c. 

Thursday Aug 28, 2014

Focus On Documents for DBaaS topics at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

The speaking sessions and hands-on-labs for this year's Oracle OpenWorld are now scheduled, and a good way to find the items you're interested in is to check the FODs that cover your areas of interest.  Two are especially relevant for Database as a Service in private clouds -

 Database as a Service


EM 12c Private Cloud and Lifecycle Management

There is some overlap between the two lists since the topics converge at several private database cloud requirements.  But make sure to check both so you don't miss anything that can help you in your journey to cloud.

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Rapid Home Provisioning Simplifies Oracle Database Estate Management

Provisioning, patching and upgrading databases across an enterprise is often performed individually on each database in the estate.  As the estate grows, this becomes a time-consuming and error-prone activity. 

Rapid Home Provisioning, one of the many new features and improvements in the just-released version of Oracle Database, addresses this problem by simplifying and streamlining database maintenance.  With RHP, you create a single standard Oracle home by applying a new patch level once. This reference home can then be used to rapidly deploy new databases and to easily update hundreds to thousands of existing databases with a single command, without the need to apply the patches to each.  Optimizations for networking and storage use make this a very fast and efficient solution.

Learn more in the Clusterware Administration and Deployment Guide and in the OOW 2014 speaking session.

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

A Thought Experiment Showing the Value of Separating the Business and Technical Catalogs

One common error when creating a business catalog is to expose the underlying technologies that should be mentioned only in the technical catalog.  For IT professionals whose day-to-day lingo is based on products and features, this is an understandable mistake.  And from their perspective, perhaps not at all noteworthy.

Imagine a large enterprise's business catalog which covers all the different types of workloads and storage models the enterprise deploys - OLTP, Data Warehouse, batch and real-time analytics, structured and semi-structured data -- so far so good.  Now suppose that the business catalog exposes the database and analytic engines delivering each type of data source.  This might look OK if the expected vendors and products appear in the appropriate slots.   But what happens when a vendor takes a big leap forward and is now the new best choice to deliver a given service?  Once IT is ready to make that shift in their delivery model, they will need to update the business catalog accordingly.   This is typically not the kind of the change consumers are eager to see.  Instead, they should only see the lower costs and higher SLAs that IT can now provide - without being led to worry about the changes behind the scenes.

This is exactly the scenario that a product-centric business catalog might be facing soon, thanks to some upcoming releases at Oracle, namely, Oracle Database In-Memory and the Big Data Breakthrough.  And the innovation won't end there.  So make sure your business catalog takes the future in to account with the right structure (and of course the right products to support the business services!)


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