Oracle on VMware in the AWS Cloud

posted November 23, 2016, 4:52 PM by

Nathan Biggs (@nathanbiggs), CEO
VMware and AWS Announcement May Crack Open the Window of Opportunity
Over the past two years, we at House of Brick have seen a sea change in the attitudes of companies worldwide toward virtualizing Oracle technology. Whereas…

Approachable Disaster Recovery – How to Do it Right

posted November 15, 2016, 11:39 AM by

by Chris Vacanti, Senior Consultant

Recently I had the privilege of co-presenting a webinar titled Virtualization: The Key to Approachable Disaster Recovery, a part of the BrightTalk Storage and Virtualization Summit. In this webinar we discussed how Disaster Recovery (DR)…

Database Cloning Using Pure Storage

posted November 4, 2016, 10:54 AM by

by Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

Cloning an Oracle database that is running on Pure Storage can be done through Pure’s snapshot and copy technologies. Snapshots are taken of the source database volumes and then copied to the target volumes. There…

Configuring Linux Network Settings from the Command Line

posted October 18, 2016, 12:23 PM by

Jim Hannan (@jim_m_hannan), Principal Architect

In this blog I will discuss how to manually configure Linux network settings from the command line. While it may sound counter-intuitive to some, it is in my opinion (as well as that of many…

Diagnostic and Tuning Pack Features: Access Advisor

posted October 5, 2016, 3:41 PM by

Jonas Mason, Senior Consultant

In the last of my blogs on Diagnostics and Tuning Pack features, I will be covering the Access Advisor, which can be executed against a SQL Tuning Set. Recommendations by this tool present the DBA with…

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…