Data Center of the Future – now

January 30th, 2015
  photo by youflavio In a recent blog post Eric D. Brown defined an Agile Data Center as An Agile Data Center is one that allows organizations to efficiently and effectively add, remove and change services at the speed of the business, not the speed of technology - Eric D. Brown In follow up post he said that a Agile Data Center could be implemented by Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) for example using machine virtualization to spin environments up and down. With SDDC, it is possible for companies to replace their data center’s infrastructure with a virtualized environment and then deliver services and software as a ...


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10046.pl by Clive Bostock

January 28th, 2015
Note: This is a reposting of an old blog post that was on dboptimizer.com but is no longer accessible More trace file analyzer tools at  http://ba6.us/node/177 Related blog post: Oracle “Physical I/O” ? not always physical with a 10046 parser specifically for I/O parsetrc.pl and readme Often when I have a 10046 trace file, especially when looking at I/O issues, I want a histogram of I/O response time.  To get I/O response time I’ve hacked out incomple awk scripts from time to time, always meaning to write a more complete one, well now I don’t have to. It’s already been done! Here is a cool perl script from Clive ...


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Put Delphix on your laptop at Oracle Jan 28 !

January 27th, 2015
  #CloneAttack Create an army of clone databases and applications in minutes Tomorrow Jan 28 we will be installing Delphix on people's laptops at the BIWA conference at Oracle conference center at Oracle head quarters in Redwood Shores. Prerequisites Laptop, either Mac: VMware Fusion or VirtualBox Linux: VMware Fusion or VirtualBox Windows: VMware Workstation or VirtualBox at least 8 GB RAM at least 50 GB free disk space, but preferably 100 GB free at least 2 Ghz CPU, preferably dual-core or better We'll provide a USB stick with 3 virtual machine file OVA files. Just start up the VMs and in a few minutes you will be thin cloning Oracle databases, Postgres databases and web applications. Example ...


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Succeeding with Test Data Management

January 27th, 2015
    Test data management is difficult, time consuming and expensive leading to incorrect implementation of test data management and significant losses in revenue from high QA costs to bugs in production. Fortunately there is a solution that alleviates the majority of the huge resource, time and planning of conventional test data management and that new technology is called data virtualization.   Dependable QA testing requires that code be tested on data that represents the data to be encountered on the final production system. The data has to respect the business rules and data has to correlate between one business rule and another. For ...


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5 ways to boost your career with Social Media

January 26th, 2015
Photo by Kevin Dooley If you are in the Bay Area tomorrow, Jan 27, come see myself, Yann Ropars and Yury Velikanov talk about how to leverage social media to boost your career. We will be talking at Oracle head quarters at the NoCOUG/BIWA conference at 2:30 pm  Why use social media as an IT technician? Because vibrant social networks are key to landing jobs, moving forward in your career, and securing personal happiness - Richard Florida  professor Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto  Success no longer comes from possessing knowledge; instead, you have to participate with others in creating a flow of knowledge.  - Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, the ...


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Free Version of Delphix !

January 13th, 2015
Delphix is now available for  30 day trial direct download ! ( if you would like a longer version please contact me at kyle@delphix.com year trials and even indefinite trials  potential possible for partners, bloggers, Oracle Aces etc) Just got to the Delphix home page delphix.com and click the "Free Trial" or go directly to the download page. The Delphix download trial consists of 3 pre-configured virtual machines downloadable as OVA files source machine with Oracle XE and Postgres  (1.3 GB) Delphix engine (1.2 GB) target machine with Oracle XE and Postgres binaries (1.9 GB) Just startup the source, target and Delphix VM and you are ready to go. ...


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Top 3 criteria to choose a data virtualization solution 

January 6th, 2015
Photo: Martin Beardy (CC BY 2.0) Data virtualization solutions also known as Copy Data Management (CDM), Copy Data Virtualization (CDV) and Data Virtualization Appliances (DVA) are rising rapidly as over 100 of the Fortune 500 have adopted data virtualization solutions between 2010 and end of 2014. Adoption is hardly surprising given that data virtualization reduces the time to provision copies of large data sets from days down to minutes and eliminates most of the space required for copies of data. How many copies of large data sets do companies have? Database vendor Oracle claims that on average a customer has 12 copies of production databases in non-production environments such as ...


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Is Continuous Integration compatible with database applications ?

November 10th, 2014
Continuous integration and continuous delivery offers huge efficiency gains for companies  but is continuous integration even possible when the application's backbone is a massive relational database. How can one spin up database copies for developers, QA, integration testing,  and delivery testing ?  Its not like Chef or Puppet can spin up a 10TB database copy in a few minutes the way one can spin up a Linux VM. There is a way and that way is called data virtualization which allows one to spin up that 10TB database in minutes as well as branch a copy of that 10TB from Dev to QA, ...


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#CloneAttack online ! (and in person at #ECO14 & #DOAG14)

November 5th, 2014
I'll be at #ECO14 today in Raleigh,NC. Catch me in person to get a copy of #CloneAttack. I'll also be at #DOAG14 in Nuremberg Nov 18-20 running an official #CloneAttack along side of #RacAttack and #RepAttack. Will also be at #BGOUG in Sofia Bulgaria Nov 14-16. For online #CloneAttack info read on: We are starting a limited publicly accessible download of a trial version of Delphix and lab. If interested connect with me on linkedin at  www.linkedin.com/in/kylehailey/ and I will send you the download info via linkedin messages. Delphix trial version and lab: The lab consists of 3 virtual machines. The virtual machines are available from ...


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Jonathan Lewis explains Delphix

November 4th, 2014
OOW 2014 was the best so far for me and a whirl wind.  After not having a presentation accepted since I left Oracle 10 years ago, I got not only a presentation accepted but 3 presentations accepted. Woohoo! Two of my presentations are available on youtube at Ashmasters Lies, damn lies and I/O benchmarking On top of that with the awesome support of the Oaktable, Delphix, Pythian and Enkitec , I was able to secure a great venue for the 3rd annual Oaktable World at OOW where we had the leading Oracle performance and internals experts speak for 2 solid days. You can see videos ...


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