Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Dear Readers,

This year's Oracle Open World 2014 was a lot of learning and meeting old and new friends.
What a fun and great conference!

The big highlights for me were:

Oracle 12c In Memory Database- in sight and everywhere this was a key mantra at the event.

Big Data SQL- another new thing that intrigues me is using SQL to manage Big Data applications with Hadoop, NoSQL and other applications.

Engineered systems- Oracle demo grounds featured Exadata, Exalogic, Big Data Appliance (BDA), etc front and center.

Last but not least, Oracle Public Cloud was a centerpiece in the keynotes and sessions. Oracle is now a serious contender to not only IBM, HP, Cisco, and EMC but to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with public cloud offerings.

Last year, Oracle introduced hands on labs (HOL) to allow participants to learn first hand new technologies aside from the standard product marketing and general conference sessions.

This year the hands on labs (HOL) were greatly expanded and I spent the majority of my time attending a dozen or so of these excellent sessions for learning first hand how to work with Oracle Public Cloud, virtualization, big data and NoSQL.

Prior to OOW, I attended the 2 day Oracle ACE Director summit and had a great experience learning first hand from Oracle's Thomas Kurian, EVP of Product Development as well as many product and engineering folks from Oracle.

Last but certainly not least, I presented at the Delphix booth on performing Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrades with Delphix and had a great attendance. Next month I am presenting at the BGOUG conference in Sofia, Bulgaria which will be an exciting event.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OOW 2014 events

Dear readers,

This year promises to be an exciting Oracle OpenWorld.

I will be presenting in the Delphix booth on using Delphix to perform upgrades with Oracle E-Business Suite. Hope to see you all there and we also will have a Clone Attack with demo software available to learn about Delphix. In addition, DBVisit will be presenting REPAttack to show demos how to replicate seamless Oracle environments with the DBVisit software.

I am headed to the Oracle ACE Director briefing so stay tuned and hope to see everyone there.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oracle 12c RAC and Flex ASM Overview

Dear Readers,

In preparation for upcoming Oracle Open World 2014 and BGOUG 2014 (Bulgarian User Oracle Group) conferences, I will write a series of tips and tricks for new Oracle 12c RAC and ASM features. Today I would like to review the new Oracle 12c RAC Flexible ASM feature. For our discussion as a reference point you can source details in the useful My Oracle Support ( note FAQ: Oracle Flex ASM 12c / 12.1 (Doc ID 1573137.1)

Which contains a wealth of detailed information for the setup and configuration of an Oracle 12c Flex ASM environment. So, what is Oracle 12c Flex ASM you might be asking? Well it is a new method for managing clustered storage within Oracle 12c RAC environments. In the past releases of Oracle RAC and ASM prior to 12c, one had to build individual ASM instances on each cluster node for an Oracle RAC configuration. If any single node failed, the surviving RAC nodes would take control in a quorum event managed by Oracle cluster ware. However, there were some performance and availability issues with that architecture. To remediate the weak points of the Oracle RAC and ASM environment, Oracle development re-architected the model for ASM. By allowing shared control of ASM within a cluster via a single ASM instance, flex ASM was born. Oracle provides a good architecture diagram below for the design.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

I am now a pilot!

Dear readers,

Last week, I passed my private pilot oral exam and flight test called a checkride and now have my private pilot license!

The checkride was challenging and intense but I had a great experience and learned a lot about myself and from the awesome examiner in Santa Rosa.

Here is a picture of me after passing my checkride with my awesome instructor:

I was able to fly from Palo Alto to Sacramento and then on to Oroville to visit family and friends for this year's Thanksgiving dinner and to avoid the nasty holiday traffic on the freeway! As I soared to over 5000 feet, I could see the massive traffic on the ground and smiled that I was able to bypass this. Flying into Oroville was fun and a very nice large airport for a very small town of less than 50,000 people.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Big Data Interview with OTN from Oracle Open World 2013

Below is my interview with the Oracle Technology Network on Big Data from this year's Oracle OpenWorld conference:

Big Data Interview at Oracle Open World

Friday, October 11, 2013

OOW 2013 Review

Dear readers,

This year was quite an exciting yet different OOW 2013 conference. Before the conference, I attended the Oracle ACE Director briefing with Oracle product management to learn the inside scoop before the show for new products. We then had a nice dinner thanks to the Oracle ACE program at the Walt Disney Museum.

At the museum, I had the opportunity to view many cool things from Walt Disney's lifetime of achievement as the father of animation.

At the start of the Oracle Openworld 2013 conference, the big announcements were that for the new 12c in memory database as well as the Oracle Public cloud.

To me the in memory database functions of Oracle 12c are the most exciting and even the bus at SF had them too!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Oracle 12c New Feature: How to backup pluggable databases

Oracle 12c introduced the new multi-tenant feature called Pluggable Databases (PDB). We will show how to take a backup of the pluggable database components in this post.

Setup for RMAN with Oracle 12c

In order to use the Oracle 12c Recovery Manager (RMAN) utility for pluggable database backups, you need to first enable archivelog mode.

Once archivelog mode is enabled, we can take a backup of the pluggable database

Now we can verify that the backup image is available from RMAN for our pluggable database

Backup for root component of Oracle 12c Pluggable Databases

In a nutshell, an Oracle 12c PDB consists of two parts: a root component and a seed component that includes the data. Earlier we performed a full database backup of the entire pluggable database but let us say that we just want to backup the root itself. We can do so with the RMAN command BACKUP DATABASE ROOT as shown in the following example:

Now let us verify the root backup for our PDB with Oracle 12c:

Stay tuned when we visit how to restore pluggable databases with RMAN and Oracle 12c!