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VMFS vs. RDM vs. VVols – Part 2

posted February 9, 2018, 11:35 AM by

Jim Hannan (@jim_m_hannan), Principal Architect

Back in 2014, I wrote a blog VMFS vs. RDM Part 1, and with the introduction of vSphere 6 and VVols (Virtual Volumes), I thought the time was right for Part 2. In part 2,…

Oracle Named User Single/Multi Server Licensing

posted February 2, 2018, 4:43 PM by

Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

Currently, the most common licensing metrics for purchases of core technology products are the following:

Processor – Per-core licensing based on a platform dependent core factor
Named User Plus (NUP) – Based on the number of…

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…

Non-Default Oracle Database Parameters: Additional Considerations

posted December 21, 2017, 1:26 PM by

Jonas Mason, Principal Architect

My last blog on Non-Default Oracle parameters asked a question in order to prompt a conversation between technical management and DBAs. The blog prompted additional feedback from colleagues here at House of Brick that is worth mentioning,…

Setup of an Oracle GoldenGate Hub

posted December 5, 2017, 3:21 PM by

Andy Kerber (@dbakerber), Senior Consultant

In this post, we will provide the steps to setup a GoldenGate hub.  In our hypothetical environment, we have a medium sized company, with two offices, one in Delaware and one in Washington.  The HR…

Troubleshooting VMware Workstation at 100% CPU

posted November 30, 2017, 2:51 PM by

by Phil Ekins (@SQLPhilUK), Principal Architect

Here at House of Brick, virtualization is near and dear to our hearts, we heavily utilize VMware Workstation to create secure client access, create labs to test new features, etc.

This is a great product,…

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