Changing a SA Account

posted August 28, 2015, 3:25 PM by

Shawn Meyers (@1dizzygoose), Principal Architect

I was at SQL Saturday #397 in Omaha earlier this month and sat in on an excellent session on “SQL Server Performance and Resiliency” by Chris Shaw. In his session, Chris talked about the SA…

Oracle GI 11.2 Installation on RHEL 7

posted August 20, 2015, 9:29 AM by

Joe Grant (@dba_jedi), Principal Architect

When Oracle Grid Infrastructure was released it did not yet support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, however Oracle recently certified on RHEL 7. As a result, there are a few things that the…

Exadata vs. vBlock: A Case Study

posted August 7, 2015, 2:49 PM by

Nathan Biggs (@nathanbiggs), CEO

I have had the privilege this year of working with our partner EMC in providing Oracle-focused technical sessions around the world. The best part of this is not hearing the same presentations over and over (including…

Oracle Licensing and the Advanced Compression Option

posted July 31, 2015, 11:32 AM by

Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

Unfortunately, many of our clients are surprised to find they are in fact using database features like Advance Compression. Features like this are easy to enable and the Oracle software does little to warn you that…

Storage Presentation Options

posted July 24, 2015, 4:23 PM by

Joe Grant (@dba_jedi), Principal Architect

One of the most asked questions concerning running Oracle Databases in a virtualized environment is:

“How do we present the fastest storage possible?”

It is not always necessary to present the fastest storage available, but rather to…

Fast XTTS with Cross Platform Incremental Backup – Part 2

posted July 17, 2015, 11:27 AM by

Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect
In part one of this post, we described the high level concept of using Oracle’s new cross platform incremental backup along with transportable tablespaces. These tools allow a DBA to perform cross platform transportable tablespace operations…

Load Testing with HammerDB

posted June 23, 2015, 10:13 AM by

Mike Stone (@HoBMStone), CIO & Principal Architect

When we are asked to introduce new database technology or a new architecture at an existing customer site, some of the first questions we’re always asked are around performance. Of course there’s plenty…

Storage Snapshots for Database Refreshes

posted June 17, 2015, 1:47 PM by

Joe Grant (@dba_jedi), Principal Architect

One of the not so fun jobs for a DBA is the never-ending task of refreshing non-production databases from their production counterparts or from some other “gold” image. There are a myriad of tools that…

Oracle Database Licensing Insights and Tips

posted June 11, 2015, 5:21 PM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

Is this blog post we will take a look at general Oracle database licensing and how the Oracle database tracks feature usage. This can be helpful in preparing for a LMS audit or for taking…