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

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…

Oracle Database Migration

posted June 10, 2016, 12:13 PM by

by Joe Grant (@dba_jedi), Principal Architect

When migrating an Oracle database from one platform to another, there are several factors to take into consideration. The first of these is called endianness format. Endianness format refers to the byte order of…

Convert Your CLOBs to VARCHAR2 in Oracle 12c

posted June 3, 2016, 10:53 AM by

Michael Stone (@HoBMStone), Lead Architect and CIO
Size of [N]VARCHAR2, RAW Increased 8x!
One easily overlooked new feature of 12c is an increase in the size of the VARCHAR2, NVARCHAR2, and RAW data types. These data types previously allowed up to…

Immature IT and the IT Horror Story

posted May 27, 2016, 4:54 PM by

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect

I have been in the IT industry for about 20 years. As many of you can relate, when you talk with non-IT family members and friends, they first ask you what you do. You answer…

Manual Creation of a SQL Profile

posted May 12, 2016, 3:17 PM by

Andy Kerber (@dbakerber), Senior Consultant

Occasionally as a DBA you will come across a query that works very well, but for some reason insists on using an index, even when you know that the index is not appropriate for that…

RHEL 7.0 Tuned Configuration

posted May 6, 2016, 4:25 PM by

by Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

In October of 2014, I wrote a blog describing how to use the Tuned daemon to make system settings persistent across reboots.  Specifically, disabling transparent HugePages (THP).  That blog was written with RHEL 6.x in…