Tuesday Dec 01, 2015

New recording available: Rapid Home Provisioning as seen at Oracle OpenWorld

In case you were not able to attend Troy Anthony's speaking session at Oracle OpenWorld 2015, then you will be pleased to know that he has produced a recorded version of the slide show and posted it here.

This presentation reviews the challenges that database administrators face when provisioning and maintaining database estates, and describes how the Oracle Grid Infrastructure 12.1 feature Rapid Home Provisioning (RHP) addresses those issues.

Dell co-presented with Troy, and their slides are included. These cover Dell's motivation for evaluating RHP, and the results and lessons learned from their proof of concept. You will also hear about Dell's planned next steps with RHP.

Happy viewing !

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

New IOUG IT survey highlights the importance of data center standardization

A new IOUG research report "Efficiency Isn't Enough: Data Centers Lead the Drive to Innovation" presents the results of a survey of 285 data managers and professionals. The survey aimed to learn where IT is spending its data center resources, and identify key strategies for improvement.

High on the list of current activities: maintenance, such as patching; maintaining availability; creating and managing copies of data; performance tuning ... routine chores to keep the lights on.  And due to rising complexities, the costs are growing.  If these efforts could be reduced, IT would have more time for innovative initiatives.  So how can that be achieved?

Not surprisingly, survey respondents cited standardization as the top strategy to reduce efforts devoted to routine administration.  Standardizing reduces complexity - fewer elements to learn and understand, fewer permutations to orchestrate, fewer vendors to work with.  And higher standardization enables better automation - which happens to be the second-most important strategy.

One point the survey does not address is how to approach standardization.  One of the keys is to develop a service catalog which describes the services offered, and how they are delivered.  See this recent blog entry for more on service catalogs - and watch for more to come soon.

You can find a summary of the survey on the IOUG website.  Become an IOUG member and read the full report.

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