Oracle buys Sun! Dtrace probes for Oracle?

As a Sun engineer who specializes on Oracle performance, I am pretty excited for the future. Sun and Oracle have been working together closely for years, but this will allow for even closer integration and innovation.

Could you imagine... "Dtrace probes for Oracle?" How cool would that be?

Time will tell innovations will come out of this acquisition, but I for one am pretty excited... Certainly, much more so than last week :) Heck, I now get to work with my old buddy Kevin Closson, the Exadata performance guru. Should be a fun ride ahead.

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[Trackback] ... i�m fine with the the merger. Larry talked about a deep integration. When Oracle software gets Dtrace-Probes all over the code, i tend to think like Glenn: I�m fine with this acquistion. Would make the life easier for many system admins and DBAs.

Posted by c0t0d0s0.org on April 20, 2009 at 04:42 AM PDT #

So, I guess that I'm oddly not entranced by this idea, largely because I don't see what it will give over and above the existing timed event instrumentation in Oracle. Of course if Oracle decide that actually Dtrace should/could become an open source cross o/s instrumentation platform and make it available for, at least, linux and windows where similar facilities are sadly lacking, then that would be cool. But SUN could have done that and didn't.

Posted by Niall Litchfield on April 20, 2009 at 05:41 AM PDT #

I am a big fan of the timed event instrumentation with Oracle as well. It allows you to get right to the point of most performance problems, but it only traces Oracle. Dtrace goes all the way into the kernel, driver, etc... and does it seamlessly. No more "unaccounted-for" time when doing wait event profiling with Oracle.

Posted by Glenn Fawcett on April 20, 2009 at 06:00 AM PDT #

Imagine being able to tell the difference between poor query performance due to poor index slsection, optomizer failures, disk hot spotting, etc all using the same tool. Can't wait!

Posted by david neal on April 20, 2009 at 07:14 AM PDT #

Imagine merging ZFS, Solaris, and Hardware into ExaData. Imagine Oracle ASM merged with Exadata. Imagine Oracle OCFS merged with ZFS. Imagine that the possibilities are endless!

Posted by tom on April 20, 2009 at 10:47 AM PDT #

[Trackback] Full Disclosure: First of all, I was a Sun employee just 8 months ago.  While I am not currently a Sun employee, myself and/or my company does consulting work for Sun from time to time.  I also work with other storage vendors as well, including signi...

Posted by Taylor's Take on Storage on April 24, 2009 at 01:53 AM PDT #

"On the Oracle side, Glenn Fawcett takes a pragmatic point of view[...]"

Log Buffer #143 -- www.pythian.com/news/2182/log-buffer-143-a-carnival-of-the-vanities-for-dbas

Posted by Log Buffer on April 24, 2009 at 04:34 AM PDT #

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