Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

Upcoming Conferences

IOUG COLLABORATE 15

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 Nov 19, 2014

RHP Use Cases Series: Provision a New Oracle Home plus DB Creation

I. Preparation

Action: Find out how to use add workingcopy command:

Action Description

Check add workingcopy command’s parameters (use -h option)

Executed on (Server / Client)

Either

Purpose

Find out how to use add workingcopy command


II. Execution

Action: Create a working copy, provision Oracle Home, create and start DB instance

Action Description

Run the add workingcopy command

Executed on (Server / Client)

Either

Purpose

Creates a working copy (Oracle Home)

- named my_wk1

- from the gold image 12c

- on the client rwsad0910

- for the user racusr

plus:

- database name

- ASM Diskgroup

- list of nodes on which database will be created

Then,

- Clone of my_wk working copy

- Setup Oracle Base

- Provision Oracle Home

plus:

- Create a two-node cluster

o Creating and starting Oracle instance

o Creating cluster database views

Continue…


Continue…

So far, similar to Use Case 1. But in addition, for this use case RHP also performs Database creation:

III. Results Validation

Action: Check characteristics of newly created my_wk to validate that all required parameters (e.g. client, gold image, user, owner, Oracle Home path, configured databases) are as expected

Action Description

Validation done through Query workingcopy command

Executed on (Server / Client)

Either.

Command results are the same no matter where it is launched

Purpose

Check characteristics of newly created my_wk1 to validate that all required parameters (e.g. client, gold image, user, owner, Oracle Home path, configured databases) are as expected

Steps Comparison Table

Pre-RHP

RHP Provisioning

Prepare installation media for each cluster

One command: add workingcopy per cluster

Log into every cluster to invoke OUI

Log into every node to run root.sh

Log into very node to invoke dbca (SW only)

Create an 2 nodes cluster Oracle Database:

- Creating and starting Oracle instance 1

- Creating and starting Oracle instance 2

- Install RAC

 That's all for the second use case.

Stay tuned for further use cases and connect with us through blog comments if you are interested in specific use cases !

Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

RHP Use Cases Series: Provision a New Oracle Home

New in Oracle Database 12.1.0.2., Rapid Home Provisioning (RHP) provides a standard solution for provisioning, patching and upgrading at the organizational level, in a unified manner, across all architectural layers of software infrastructure. RHP increases performance and improves efficiency in provisioning and managing templates of Oracle software, such as Oracle databases, on all nodes in a private cloud.

Rapid Home Provisioning allows the administrative tasks related to database software distribution to be performed in an automated and standardized manner, thus allowing key people in the organization to focus on innovative activities that bring the most value.

DBAs can use Rapid Home Provisioning in different use cases.  In the next several blog entries we'll explore some of these use cases.  Note that the list is not limited to those we will present.

For each of the Use Cases, the approach is structured as follows:

  • Preparation
  • Execution
  • Results Validation

Also, for each of the use cases we provide a comparison between the pre-RHP approach and the new approach using Rapid Home Provisioning.

For the commands in each of the above phases, the following structure is used:

Action Description

Describes the action performed

Executed on (Server / Client)

Describes where the command can be executed: Server, Client or Both

Purpose

Describes the purpose of the action/command

Assumption:

The use cases are all based on Oracle DB Software (Oracle DB Homes). In this case all working copies are synonymous with Oracle DB Homes.


I. Preparation

Action: Find out how to use add workingcopy command:

Action Description

Check add workingcopy command’s parameters (use -h option)

Executed on (Server / Client)

Either

Purpose

Find out how to use add workingcopy command



II. Execution

Action: Create a working copy and provision new Oracle Home

Action Description

Run the add workingcopy command

Executed on (Server / Client)

Either. This example is executed on the server, which connects to the client for some of the operations.

Purpose

Creates a working copy (Oracle Home)

- named my_wk1

- from the gold image 12c

- provisioned in Oracle Base path

- on the client rwsad0910

- for the user racusr

Sets up Oracle Base

Provisions Oracle Home


Continue…


III. Results Validation

Action: Check characteristics of newly created my_wk1 to validate that all required parameters (e.g. client, gold image, user, owner, Oracle Home path) are as expected

Action Description

Validation done through Query workingcopy command

Executed on (Server / Client)

Either.

Purpose

Check characteristics of newly created my_wk1 to validate that all required parameters (e.g. client, gold image, user, owner, Oracle Home path) are as expected


Steps Comparison Table

Pre-RHP

RHP Provisioning

Prepare installation media for each cluster

One command: add workingcopy per cluster

Log into every cluster to invoke OUI

Log into every node to run root.sh

Log into very node to invoke dbca (SW only)

Stay tuned for further use cases and connect with us through blog comments if you are interested in specific use cases !


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

 and

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.


Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

The University of Minnesota Delivers Database as a Service

It seems we usually read about large enterprises and governments leading the way in delivering database as service, but it should be no surprise that top educational institutions have a few things to teach us.  In a recent OracleVoice post on forbes.com,  Database as a Service: A Pioneer Explains How It's Done, the University of Minnesota discusses how they are providing database as a service to consumers across the university, and the benefits that both IT and consumers are seeing.

One interesting aspect of educational institutions versus enterprises is that the former often provide troves of useful information on their public websites.  A visit to http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.html will enable some fruitful searches for more details.


Monday Dec 30, 2013

New Year's Resolution: learn more about Oracle Database 12c

 Interested in learning more about Oracle Database 12c's Multitenant option?  Here's a great opportunity to help kick off the new year:

Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) Oracle EM Techcast: DBA Best Practices for Performance Tuning in a Pluggable World

Thursday, 9 January 2014, 10 am PT

In Oracle Database 12c, a container database (CDB) can host up to 252 pluggable databases (PDBs).  This presentation look at the performance aspects of this deployment option:

• Best practices for DBAs
• Tuning and configuration tips
• New features

Featured Speaker: Julian Dontcheff(*), Head of Database Management & Exadata Lead for EALA (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America), Accenture
*Oracle Certified Master and an Oracle ACE Director

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Online DBaaS Forum available on-demand

Problem: you missed the October 21 on-line forum on how to design, deploy and deliver Oracle Database in a private cloud.

Solution: watch any of the segments on-demand simply by clicking here.

If only all of life's difficulties could be handled so easily ...


Tuesday May 28, 2013

Oracle Private Database Cloud at Cloud Expo

Cloud Expo will meet June 10-13 in New York City, and Oracle experts will be hosting several demos in the exhibition hall and also offering several speaker sessions, including these sessions with an emphasis on private cloud:

Fast-track Your Transformation to Enterprise Private Cloud with my esteemed colleague Anand Akela

and

Best Practices for Providing Oracle DBaaS with a Private Cloud with my esteemed teammate Raj Kammend

It's a great chance to learn more about Oracle's offerings from the true experts.  If you miss out, make sure you catch us at Oracle OpenWorld in September...



Thursday May 16, 2013

Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG) - Spring 2013 Conference

The NoCOUG holds its spring 2013 conference next Wednesday, 22 May 2013, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at The California Center Pleasanton (formerly CarrAmerica Conference Center).

More details and registration are available on their website.

Fellow dbclouders, please take note of Mark Scardina's session from 2:30 to 3:30 in the auditorium: Why and how you should be using Policy-Managed Databases. From the abstract:

Did you know that policy-managed databases are the default database type for Oracle Database 12c RAC implementations? If you are running Administration-managed databases and would like to learn more about Policy-managed database deployments, introduced in Oracle Database 11gR2, you should attend this session. This presentation will detail how Oracle RAC policy-managed database deployments solve longstanding customer requirements such as database service start order and last service standing, database zero-configuration scaling, HA event shutdown of less critical services and managing to performance objectives while maximizing utilization. Oracle RAC database deployment, upgrade and conversion to policy management along with the use of server pools will be explained and relevant use cases presented.

There are several other topics and speakers of interest - we hope you can make it for the entire conference!

Tuesday Mar 26, 2013

Oracle Private Database Cloud at Cloud Connect next week

Oracle is a sponsor of the Cloud Connect conference being held in Santa Clara, California next week (April 2-5).  The conference includes workshops, keynotes, conferences, and an exhibition hall which is open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to six p.m. each day.

 If you're interested in Private Database Clouds, or any type of cloud for that matter, stop by the Oracle demo area and visit our Private Database Cloud booth.  We can talk about the benefits of private clouds, the different types of models to choose from, how they differ from public clouds, and a customer-proven approach to making successful transitions to cloud computing.  We hope to see you there!


Tuesday Oct 09, 2012

Database Consolidation Slides

In case you missed us in the Demogrounds at Oracle OpenWorld-- or if you were there and would like to take another look -- here are the slides we were presenting last week:  Database Consolidation for Private Database Clouds.

I'm thinking to add a voice-over ... once my voice recovers from four days of non-stop discussions, meetings, speaking sessions etc.  A few of the questions we answered frequently included:

Q: Is it possible to deploy an Oracle Database Cloud today with Oracle's current technologies and products?

A: Absolutely!  Oracle has been developing technologies for several years that support the key features of a cloud environment.  Oracle Database 11g is an ideal platform for database clouds.

Q: Are Oracle Engineered Systems required for Oracle Database Clouds?

A: Oracle Database Clouds run best on our Engineered Systems, but can also be deployed on any platform that supports the database, as many customers are doing today.

If you have questions, feel free to post them here and we'll start a dialog.


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