Categories for General, Oracle, Oracle Licensing

Oracle Geospatial Features: Spatial vs. Locator

posted March 30, 2018, 2:11 PM by

by Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

Oracle Spatial and Graph is a product that allows for the storage and processing of geospatial objects inside of the database. From the Oracle Technology Global Pricing List, “Oracle Spatial is an integrated set of…

Protecting Oracle Databases without Data Guard

posted March 23, 2018, 3:04 PM by

Jonas Mason, Principal Architect

Oracle Data Guard has long been Oracle’s recommended solution for providing DR protection for Oracle instances. If your production Oracle databases are few, the scale of effort to implement and maintain Data Guard might be manageable,…

Considerations for Disabling Oracle Options and Management Packs

posted March 15, 2018, 5:20 PM by

by Joe Grant (@dba_jedi), Principal Architect

Accidental or unintentional use of the extra-cost options and management packs for Oracle Database poses a significant risk to anyone utilizing Oracle software. All of the options and management packs are simply a part…

Oracle Named User Single/Multi Server Licensing

posted February 2, 2018, 4:43 PM by

Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

Currently, the most common licensing metrics for purchases of core technology products are the following:

Processor – Per-core licensing based on a platform dependent core factor
Named User Plus (NUP) – Based on the number of…

Oracle Database Appliance: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

posted January 20, 2018, 10:49 PM by

Jonas Mason, Principal Architect

This blog covers the experiences House of Brick consultants have had with the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) based on migrating to it, supporting it, and patching it. The title indicates our mixed feelings about this offering.
ODA’s…

Configuring AWS for X-Windows

posted January 8, 2018, 1:11 PM by

Andy Kerber (@dbakerber), Senior Consultant

As an Oracle DBA, I often find it necessary to use X-Windows. For unknown reasons, Oracle has chosen to standardize on X-Windows as the normal installer for their software. Because of this requirement for Oracle,…

Why We Virtualize – A Practical Example

posted January 5, 2018, 3:24 PM by

by Joe Grant (@dba_jedi), Principal Architect

This summer I was involved with a large-scale datacenter move for one of our clients. Rather than maintaining their own datacenters, they utilize a co-location facility. The datacenter where their workloads were hosted was…

Non-Default Oracle Database Parameters: Additional Considerations

posted December 21, 2017, 1:26 PM by

Jonas Mason, Principal Architect

My last blog on Non-Default Oracle parameters asked a question in order to prompt a conversation between technical management and DBAs. The blog prompted additional feedback from colleagues here at House of Brick that is worth mentioning,…

Setup of an Oracle GoldenGate Hub

posted December 5, 2017, 3:21 PM by

Andy Kerber (@dbakerber), Senior Consultant

In this post, we will provide the steps to setup a GoldenGate hub.  In our hypothetical environment, we have a medium sized company, with two offices, one in Delaware and one in Washington.  The HR…

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