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Diagnostic and Tuning Pack Features: SQL Tuning Advisor

posted September 22, 2016, 7:01 AM by

Jonas Mason, Senior Consultant

In my last blog, Diagnostic and Tuning Pack Features: SQL Tuning Sets, I covered why an organization might be a candidate for Diagnostic and Tuning Pack features and what kind of value was gained from using…

Diagnostic and Tuning Pack Features: SQL Tuning Sets

posted September 15, 2016, 7:12 AM by

Jonas Mason, Senior Consultant

In prior blog posts I have covered 1) performing a general performance assessment of an Oracle instance, 2) troubleshooting Oracle performance, and 3) how a company’s culture that can contribute to poor Oracle performance.

In this series…

Using Chef to Automate Important but Overlooked Tasks

posted September 9, 2016, 4:55 PM by

John McDougald, Senior Consultant
The Database is Not Working
You’ve undoubtedly heard the buzz about DevOps, the new software design lifecycle (SDLC) paradigm that combines agile development with agile infrastructure – placing infrastructure specifications, configuration, and settings into code and building…

Sad, Disappointed & Frustrated with Oracle

posted September 2, 2016, 4:21 PM by

It looks like we aren’t the only ones who are disappointed and frustrated with Oracle’s practices these days. We encourage you to check out a recent blog by Chad Sakac where he describes why he’s mad and not going…

Disaster Recovery 2.0

posted August 15, 2016, 10:03 AM by

by Chris Vacanti, Senior Consultant

The worst disaster recovery solution is the one you think works.

For most of us in the IT industry, disaster recovery becomes a second part-time job we have to do some time during our full-time job….

The Importance of a Good DR Strategy

posted August 8, 2016, 12:10 PM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

We are very fond of this picture at House of Brick, as it speaks to the common misconception that Disaster Recovery (DR) is just the button you hit, and then magically your business is up…

Oracle Universal Power Unit Licensing

posted July 19, 2016, 11:23 AM by

by Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

House of Brick Technologies routinely deals with our customers’ opportunities regarding Oracle licensing. Occasionally, a little known licensing metric called Universal Power Units (UPU) rears its ugly head. The reason there is little known about…

How to Backup Oracle in the Virtual World

posted June 30, 2016, 4:30 PM by

Michael Stone (@HoBMStone), Lead Architect and CIO
VM Strategies
Being virtualized brings some intriguing new possibilities to the table in terms of database backup, recovery, and cloning. Below we will explore the surface of those capabilities and implications.

Snapshot / Stun Issues
Most…

Troubleshooting Application Performance Issues – Part 2

posted June 23, 2016, 5:00 PM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

In part 1 of this blog we covered real time, baseline, and health check tools for troubleshooting middleware performance issues. In this part, we will take a look specifically at troubleshooting Java on middleware. Effectively…

Troubleshooting Application Performance Issues – Part 1

posted June 17, 2016, 10:46 AM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

I first started working with Oracle as Unix/Network administrator. Our DBA left for another job and I inherited the database stack. It was supporting an Oracle E-Business stack. Luckily, I worked with Oracle developers that…

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