Monday Apr 20, 2015

Training On Demand - Using Oracle Database Vault with Oracle Database 12c

Written by Maria Billings, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer

Do you want to advance your career, but never know beforehand when you might have time for training?

Try Oracle University’s Training On Demand or TOD curriculum. You can watch recorded classroom and hands-on sessions in smaller or larger increments as it fits into your schedule.

For Database Vault

  • Do you sometimes need to prove that you couldn't possibly have seen confidential information, although you are a highly privileged DBA?
  • Did you know that the Oracle Database 12c has a Database Vault option already installed, ready to be enabled, if your organization decides to use it?
  • What is Database Vault?

Database Vault TOD Training is composed of several components, including realms, rule sets, command rules, secure application roles and factors that can be highly customized or simply used out-of-the box.

A realm, for example, is a zone of protection for tables, roles, and packages. A realm protects the objects in it from users exercising system privileges, such as SELECT ANY TABLE. So, any such privileged user must be defined as a realm participant (or have a realm-participating role that is granted to him or her) to access the protected objects.

If you are not a realm participant or owner, you can show that a query of a realm-protected table will result in the "ORA-01031: insufficient privileges" error. In short, you can prove you couldn't have possibly seen the confidential content.

The course "Using Oracle Database Vault with Oracle Database 12c" TOD training goes into all the necessary details to show you:

  1. How to reduce the attack surface for potential security breaches through limiting privileges.
  2. How to perform security analysis and report security vulnerabilities.
  3. How to configure and maintain Database Vault elements.
  4. How to implement best practices, which begins by identifying YOUR security requirements.

You can then see samples of building and documenting security implementations, and you view or discuss sample use cases, such as the workflow of an application DBA, dual key security, dynamic auditing, and so on.

Thursday Feb 19, 2015

How Oracle Certification Can Help Your Career

What can a certification do for you? And more importantly (as far as the writers here are concerned), what can Oracle Certification in Java or Oracle Database do for you? There are many opinions on this topic and, rightfully so, opinions vary so we’re happy to share some findings from recent studies that show the increasing value of certifications in a marketplace where demand for skilled Java and Oracle Database continues to rise. 

Learn more about Oracle’s certification exams and view the certification paths at certification.oracle.com.

Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

SPOTLIGHT ON: In-Memory Training as part of Oracle Database 12c New Features Course

Written by Dominique Jeunot, Oracle Database Curriculum Developer

Why wait?

Develop the additional skills you need and benefit from all that Oracle Database 12c has to offer.

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"With Oracle Database In-Memory, you decide what data goes into memory - with no limits or restraints from software. The rest of your data is stored in less-expensive Flash or on disk. Oracle Database In-Memory works seamlessly with them all,"Jeff Erickson, Oracle Product Management.

Database-In Memory Training: What Will I Learn?

Dominique Jeunot, Oracle University Curriculum Developer, elaborates on the New Oracle Database In-Memory feature:

"The Oracle Database In-Memory option is a solution for accelerated database-driven business decision-making to real-time speeds. Unlike specialized approaches that are restricted to particular workloads or applications, the unique approach of Oracle Database In-Memory leverages a new in-memory column store format to speed up analytic, data warehousing, and reporting, while also accelerating transaction processing (OLTP) workloads."

Dominique was instrumental in helping develop our recently launched Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators Ed 2 course.

In this course, you'll learn about the new and enhanced features and options of Oracle Database 12c. Expert instructors will teach you how these features and options strengthen security, manageability and overall performance.

Learn To:

  • Manage the Oracle multi-tenant container database and pluggable databases. 
  • Configure Heat Map and use Automatic Data Optimization.
  • Benefit from Online Datafile Move.
  • Understand the new temporal capabilities, as well as in-Database Archiving with Row-archival.
  • Enforce security with the Unified Auditing, the new administrative privileges, Privilege memory Caching and the automatic Big Table caching features.
  • Benefit from optimizer enhancements, including Adaptive Execution Plans and SQL Plan Directives, Real-Time ADDM and Compare Period ADDM.
  • Use enhanced features of Resource Manager in multi-tenant container databases and pluggable databases.

Additional Oracle Database 12c Training can be found at education.oracle.com/database12c.

Tuesday Nov 04, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Oracle Database Certification to Oracle Database 12c

Oracle Database 12c is on its way to becoming “the new black” of the Database world, but can you demonstrate your expertise with this groundbreaking database release?

Let's take a closer look.

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Oracle Database Certification

5. Enterprises are adopting the latest release of the world’s #1 Database to manage critical and complex workloads. Release 12.1.0.2 includes the anticipated Oracle Database In-Memory feature,which accelerates the performance of Oracle Database applications.

4. Developing Oracle Database skills leads to higher average salaries for DBAs, according to the 2015 Robert Half International Salary Guide for North America.

3. There is now only ONE exam you need to pass to upgrade your OCP certification(s) to the latest release (no matter which release you're certified on). Yes, you heard us right! Only ONE exam.

2. Oracle recently announced new requirements for re-certification. Get ahead of your expiration date by upgrading your certification today.

1. Purchase an Upgrade Certification Discount Package to save 20% on the training, ePractice exams (where available) and exam vouchers to earn your Oracle Database 12c certification.

Upgrade Your Certification Today - Start by Viewing  Exam Details

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Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Instructor Insight: Oracle 12c High Availability New Features - Table Recovery in a GoldenGate Environment

By Randy Richeson, Senior Principal Oracle University Instructor

"Students often ask if a table can be recovered to a point in time and whether GoldenGate can capture this recovery. Oracle 12c enables you to recover one or more tables or table partitions to a specified point in time without affecting the remaining database objects.

This new RMAN functionality reduces the recovery scope and possibly the recovery time and disk space requirements when compared with Database point-in-time-recovery, tablespace point-in-time recovery, and various flashback features which were introduced prior to 12c."

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Friday Sep 19, 2014

Expand Your Mind and Expand Your Cluster with High Availability Training

Written by Peter Fusek, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer, Oracle Curriculum Development Team

Flex Clusters, a new feature of Oracle Clusterware 12c, blows away the previous cluster size limits and lets you:

  • Manage large pools of application resources, with high-availability and fail-over protection. 
  • Efficiently support multiple highly available databases and applications running in a single cluster. 

You will see how when you attend Oracle Database 12c: High Availability New Features Training.

Take control with no surprises....learn about policy-based cluster management and what-if command evaluation. These new features of Oracle Clusterware 12c make cluster management easier, more flexible and more reliable.

Consolidate more databases on each cluster...if you use ASM, Flex ASM is a game changer. If you don't then you should use.... 

Flex ASM, a new feature of Oracle Grid Infrastructure 12c. It removes the requirement to run ASM on every cluster node. Users are transparently protected from ASM failures; organizations can consolidate more databases (or do more work) on each cluster.

You can boost application availability and transact with certainty, without re-engineering your applications. 

Application continuity, a new feature of Oracle Database 12c, makes recoverable outages (node failures, process failures, instance failures, transient network failures, transient storage failures, etc.) from applications and end users.

It replays the transactional and non-transactional work that constitutes a database request, while guaranteeing transactions are executed once and only once. 

Best of all, application continuity can be leveraged by many existing applications, without changing a line of code.

Get started with Oracle Database 12c: High Availability New Feature training today.

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Experience Pays for Oracle Database Administrators

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

In these economic times, it's important to know where you stand in your occupation and where new opportunities might avail themselves to you.

From time to time, it's wise to review industry data to see how your profession is trending when it comes to salary and job requirements. Doing so will help you ensure that you're on the right path to making the most of your career.

According to a recent study featured on Salary.comsalaries for Oracle database administrators depend on a number of factors:

  • Experience
  • Education
  • Location
  • Industry
Overall, the data indicates that becoming an Oracle database administrator can be very lucrative for professionals.

While Oracle Database administrators skills change depending on your job and expertise, many are responsible for administering, maintaining, developing and implementing policies and procedures. They're also responsible for ensuring the security and integrity of the company’s Oracle Database. They implement data models and database designs, data access and table maintenance codes, resolve Oracle Database performance issues, database capacity issues, replication and other distributed data issues.

If you're in this field and looking to make the most of it, explore the robust training and certification offerings Oracle now has developed for Oracle Database 12c.

Oracle University wants to help you make the most of your career by providing you with up-to-date information from our leading experts.

It’s up to you to seize training opportunities that will help you gain the skills you need to accelerate your career – so take advantage of our new offerings!

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Experience Oracle Database 12c

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Developing your skills with Oracle Database 12c may not be as hard as you think. Oracle’s expert curriculum developers designed curriculum offerings that can help you determine where you are and where you want to go.

By looking at our Oracle Database 12c Solution page, you can quickly identify what you’ve taken in the past and what you still might require.

Getting up to speed on this new technology is key to being able to access a platform that totally embraces the cloud. These new enhancements will make your job easier as you begin to understand how the new features work together.

Get started with Oracle Database 12c by taking the newly released  Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators Self-Study Course

After you download the software, see which training and certifications are available. Add well-respected credentials of expertise to your portfolio of learning through Oracle University.

Friday Mar 07, 2014

Equip Yourself with Oracle Database 12c Security Training


By Diana Gray, Snr. Product Marketing Manager

With more than 500 new features, Oracle Database 12c is designed to give Oracle customers exactly what they’ve told us they need for cloud computing, big data, security and availability.

Why Oracle Database Security?

With Oracle, customers can deploy reliable data security solutions that require no changes to existing applications, saving time and money.  

From the outset, Oracle has delivered the industry's most advanced technology to safeguard data at the source - the database. Oracle provides a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions to ensure data privacy, protect against insider threats and enable regulatory compliance for both Oracle and non-Oracle databases.

Oracle's powerful preventative and detective security controls include database activity monitoring and blocking, privileged user and multi-factor access control, data classification and discovery, transparent data encryption, consolidated auditing and reporting, secure configuration management and data masking.

Enroll in Oracle Database 12c: Security Training

In this NEW Oracle Database 12c: Security training course, discover how you can use Oracle Database features to meet the security, privacy and compliance requirements of your organization as you learn to:

  • Configure strong authentication for database users using PKI and Kerberos.
  • Control data access using virtual private database and Oracle Label Security.
  • Analyze application privileges and reduce the attack surface using Oracle Database Vault Privilege Analysis.
  • Reduce risk of data exposure using Oracle Advanced Security Data Redaction, Transparent Data Encryption and Oracle Data Masking,
  • Audit activity inside the database using policy and condition based unified auditing.
  • Configure network encryption to protect information in transit.
  • Audit activity inside the database using policy and condition based unified auditing.
  • Protect against application bypass using Oracle Database Vault Realms.

Questions or comments about Oracle Database 12c Security Training? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below. 

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

November 2013 Oracle University Round-Up: New Courses & Certifications

What's new this month at Oracle University? Here are some highlights.

New Training and Certification for Oracle Applications

PeopleSoft 9.2 Training

JD Edwards 9.1 Training

RightNow Training

We now offer this course in our Training On Demand format.

Primavera Unifier Training

Taleo Training

Training has been updated for the latest release of Taleo Enterprise Edition (TEE). 

New Training and Certification for Oracle Industry Solutions

Oracle Utilities Training

Oracle Retail Training

New - Oracle Big Data Appliance Courses

The Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administration exam (1Z1-100) is now in beta testing, giving you the opportunity to take the exam at a discounted rate of only $50 USD. Take the exam at one of Pearson VUE's many testing centers worldwide.

Oracle Database 12c Courses – Learn What’s New

Validate your expertise and add value by earning an Oracle Database 12c Certification

New Oracle 12c Courses:  ODI, WebLogic Server, and Coherence

Check out the Oracle University website to learn more. See you in class!

-Oracle University Marketing Team

Tuesday Oct 29, 2013

Instructor Insight: Using the Container Database in Oracle Database 12c


The first time I examined the Oracle Database 12c architecture, I wasn’t quite sure what I thought about the Container Database (CDB). In the current release of the Oracle RDBMS, the administrator now has a choice of whether or not to employ a CDB.

Bundling Databases Inside One Container

In today’s IT industry, consolidation is a common challenge. With potentially hundreds of databases to manage and maintain, an administrator will require a great deal of time and resources to upgrade and patch software. Why not consider deploying a container database to streamline this activity? By “bundling” several databases together inside one container, in the form of a pluggable database, we can save on overhead process resources and CPU time. Furthermore, we can reduce the human effort required for periodically patching and maintaining the software.

Minimizing Storage

Most IT professionals understand the concept of storage, as in solid state or non-rotating. Let’s take one-to-many databases and “plug” them into ONE designated container database. We can minimize many redundant pieces that would otherwise require separate storage and architecture, as was the case in previous releases of the Oracle RDBMS. The data dictionary can be housed and shared in one CDB, with individual metadata content for each pluggable database. We also won’t need as many background processes either, thus reducing the overhead cost of the CPU resource.

Improve Security Levels within Each Pluggable Database 

We can now segregate the CDB-administrator role from that of the pluggable-database administrator as well, achieving improved security levels within each pluggable database and within the CDB. And if the administrator chooses to use the non-CDB architecture, everything is backwards compatible, too.

 The bottom line: it's a good idea to at least consider using a CDB.

-Christopher Andrews, Senior Principal Instructor, Oracle University

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

Cloud Application Foundation – The #1 Application Foundation Across Conventional and Cloud Environments

Is your company looking to:

  • Introduce new products faster?
  • Reduce costs?
  • Increase productivity?

Cloud Computing Can Help You Meet these Goals

Oracle’s Cloud Application Foundation provides a unified platform across conventional and Cloud environments, which helps companies deliver next generation applications, simplify operations, accelerate time-to-market, lower total cost of ownership and derive more value from their application infrastructure.

On July 11, 2013 Oracle released Cloud Application Foundation 12c.

We made significant enhancements to key products, including Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, the #1 application server across conventional and cloud environments, and Oracle Coherence 12c, the industry’s leading in-memory grid solution.

Oracle University is your source for training on Oracle’s industry-leading application server product line and next generation application grid products. Oracle University Application Server and Infrastructure training helps you develop the skills that will allow you to:

  • Increase the performance and scalability of your organization’s applications and services.
  • Simplify deployment and accelerate time-to-market.
  • Reduce the time required to develop internet applications.

View video to learn about Oracle's Application Server & Infrastructure Training.

Enroll in Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Coherence 12c Training Today

  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Administration II - This course teaches you how to perform important Oracle WebLogic Server 12c administrative tasks. It is the continuation of the Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Administration I course.

  • Oracle Coherence 12c: New Features - This course covers the new product features and enhancements added with the release of Coherence 3.1 and Coherence 12c. It is intended for the developer familiar with Coherence 3.6

Visit education.oracle.com/appserver to view all Application Server and Infrastructure courses and certification details.

-Jerilyn Stiles, Oracle University Principal Curriculum Product Manager

Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

Instructor Insight: Automatic Data Optimization in Oracle Database 12c

With today's constant challenges of evolving data over time, administrators need to track how and whether this data has been accessed.

With Oracle 12c Automatic Data Optimization (ADO), administrators can track metrics at the segment or block level and react with a preferred automatic optimization. The administrator can choose to optionally compress if there hasn't been any access for some time and also potentially move the data to an archive area of storage.

Information Lifecycle Management Policy (ILM)

With your organization's Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) policy, the data can be separated in various ILM categories and reside in different tablespaces and datafiles. Some are highly active and provide the greatest performance access, while the older/archived data - residing in storage where it isn’t accessed as frequently - can be stored at lower cost.

Achieve SLAs and Performance Goals

With the different ADO policies, you as the administrator can achieve your SLAs and performance goals. Explore ADO policies and more by enrolling in Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators. This course is available in our Training On Demand, Live Virtual Class or Classroom Training format.

-Christopher Andrews, Senior Principal Instructor, Oracle University

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