Oracle to Postgres – Part 1

posted February 4, 2016, 4:10 PM by

Andy Kerber (@dbakerber), Senior Consultant

Recently Oracle has dramatically increased the price of its Oracle Standard Edition database. Because of this price increase, many observers in the database world feel that some companies may be migrating from Oracle to other…

GoldenGate Application Readiness

posted January 29, 2016, 5:28 PM by

Joe Grant (@dba_jedi), Principal Architect

The dream of active/active datacenters is becoming more of a reality. One issue for this type of architecture is how to replicate the databases between different datacenters. For the replication itself, Oracle GoldenGate is one…

Mars vs. Oracle

posted January 17, 2016, 2:06 PM by

Dave Welch (@OraVBCA), CTO and Chief Evangelist

House of Brick has become the industry’s lightning rod on the topic of licensing Oracle technology running on VMware. As a compliment to our contract instruction over the years, we have pointed out…

A Look Back at 2015

posted December 23, 2015, 5:04 PM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

In this blog we would like to take a look back at 2015. A lot happened this year. I will point out some of the highlights of our work at House of Brick during 2015,…

Increase Swap by Resizing the Partition

posted December 16, 2015, 11:45 AM by

Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect
There are two common ways to increase the amount of swap space in Linux, by either adding a storage device or adding a swap file on a filesystem. In certain situations however, it would be cleaner…

What’s All the Buzz Around Oracle Multitenant?

posted December 11, 2015, 4:03 PM by

Mike Stone (@HoBMStone), CIO

It seems like every time I turn around this fall, I hear questions about “12c Multitenancy” or pluggable databases. This probably means that Oracle Sales has initiated a campaign around this new (separately licensed) feature. So,…

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…