Oracle Database Appliance: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

posted January 20, 2018, 10:49 PM by

Jonas Mason, Principal Architect

This blog covers the experiences House of Brick consultants have had with the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) based on migrating to it, supporting it, and patching it. The title indicates our mixed feelings about this offering.
ODA’s…

Meltdown and Spectre: What Customers Need to Know

posted January 9, 2018, 4:16 PM by

Nick Walter, Principal Architect

At House of Brick we’ve been closely following the latest news stories regarding the recently revealed Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which affect modern CPU architectures. Meltdown, as first widely reported by The Register, concerns a flaw…

Configuring AWS for X-Windows

posted January 8, 2018, 1:11 PM by

Andy Kerber (@dbakerber), Senior Consultant

As an Oracle DBA, I often find it necessary to use X-Windows. For unknown reasons, Oracle has chosen to standardize on X-Windows as the normal installer for their software. Because of this requirement for Oracle,…

Why We Virtualize – A Practical Example

posted January 5, 2018, 3:24 PM by

by Joe Grant (@dba_jedi), Principal Architect

This summer I was involved with a large-scale datacenter move for one of our clients. Rather than maintaining their own datacenters, they utilize a co-location facility. The datacenter where their workloads were hosted was…

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