Required Perl Modules for Opatch Auto Patching

posted November 20, 2015, 4:50 PM by

Joe Grant, Principal Architect

One of the nice things that Oracle has done for patching RAC systems is to introduce the “Opatch auto” command. This one little command does make patching of RAC systems much easier. However, now that Red…

vSphere Settings for All Flash Arrays

posted October 29, 2015, 3:28 PM by

Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect
The use of all-flash arrays is increasing all the time. House of Brick has definitely seen an uptick in the number of clients utilizing all-flash arrays. Their popularity is not surprising since prices are getting more…

Highlights of vNUMA & SQL Server Session at VMworld 2015

posted October 22, 2015, 10:00 AM by

Shawn Meyers, Principal Architect

Last week I was at VMworld Europe giving a presentation on vNUMA and its impact on SQL server. This post will cover some of the highlights from my presentation and items you should be aware of…

Installing Oracle Software – Prerequisites

posted September 23, 2015, 4:35 PM by

Andy Kerber, Senior Consultant

The intent of this series of posts is to cover basic Oracle skills for the beginning DBA. These are follow-on posts to my previous article titled ‘Eleven Critical Skills for the Beginning DBA’.

I debated with myself…

Oracle Announces Standard Edition 2

posted September 18, 2015, 11:19 AM by

Nick Walter, Principal Architect & David Woodard, Principal Architect

It’s been discussed and speculated about for a while, and on September 1st Oracle announced Standard Edition 2 (SE2) in a blog post by Mike Dietrich. SE2 is the only Standard…

Go-Live: Optimizing Your Environment & Operations

posted September 11, 2015, 12:15 PM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

At House of Brick, we specialize in virtualization and cloud computing for business critical applications. This gets us involved in many types of projects. For this blog in particular, I would like to discuss our…

Oracle Calibrate I/O – Part 2

posted September 4, 2015, 11:23 AM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

In Part 1 of this blog, published in June of last year, we discussed the value of having I/O baselines and some of the tools available to administrators and DBAs for testing I/O. Additionally, we…