Oracle Feigns Support Challenges of RAC in Third-Party Clouds

posted June 29, 2020, 3:23 PM by

Dave Welch (@OraVBCA), Chief Evangelist and Nick Walter, Principal Architect

On June 14, 2020, Oracle published Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) Support on Third-Party Clouds–An Overview and Clarification. It attempts to list reasons why Oracle doesn’t consider any clouds other…

LMS and Sales – Oracle Tells the Truth in Job Posting

posted June 12, 2020, 10:56 AM by

David Woodard, Principal Architect

If you have regularly followed our blogs in the past, you will no doubt have read Nathan Biggs’ blog about the pending class-action lawsuit against Oracle Corporation. In that blog, Nathan notes that one of the…

Considerations for a First-Time Oracle Install

posted June 5, 2020, 2:42 PM by

by Joe Grant (@dba_jedi), Principal Architect


Over the last few months, I have had several clients deploying Oracle Database for the first time, which is unusual for me. They were all deploying commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)…

The Oracle RAC Dilemma – Part II

posted June 1, 2020, 9:26 AM by

Dave Welch (@OraVBCA), Chief Evangelist

Part II: Four Operational Best Practices

In this post, we discuss four RAC operational best practices for shops that have either strategically selected RAC or have been compelled to adopt it.

RAC operational best practices include:


The Oracle Database Standard Edition Licensing Trap

posted May 22, 2020, 10:57 AM by

David Woodard, Principal Architect

Standard Edition 2 Can be a Great Value
Oracle database Standard Edition 2 (SE2), as well as past editions Standard Edition and Standard Edition 1, can be a great value and cost significantly less than Oracle Enterprise…

Real World Perspectives of Database on Cloud – Accelerated by AWS

posted May 12, 2020, 11:22 AM by

Bob Lindquist, Director of Client Services

House of Brick Technologies has been assisting clients with their business-critical applications for over twenty years.  In that time, we have seen many changes regarding how database platforms are deployed, licensed, and managed.

Over the…

The Oracle RAC Dilemma – Part I

posted May 8, 2020, 3:58 PM by

Dave Welch (@OraVBCA), Chief Evangelist

Part I: Four Criteria for Introducing or Keeping RAC

VMware vSphere High Availability can provide significant levels of high availability for many workloads. VMware HA does so without the complexity, fragility, or cost of Oracle Real…

5 Oracle Cost Cutting Hacks – a Licensing & Deployment Refresher

posted April 15, 2020, 12:06 PM by

Bob Lindquist, Director of Client Services

Given the current economic climate, many organizations are identifying cost cutting options. The fees for Oracle licensing and support are usually some of the largest costs in an organization’s IT budget.

However, there are a…

Licensing Oracle on AIX and PowerVM

posted April 8, 2020, 10:33 AM by

Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

The theme of this blog is, “it’s complicated”. PowerVM is not necessarily complicated to the point where it is difficult to understand, but is complicated compared to other hypervisors when it comes to Oracle licensing.  PowerVM…