Log Buffer #294 Appears

Log writer process of Oracle is one of the most revered background process, a real work horse, a real charming darling who keeps the whole Oracle database system consistent and humming beautifully and many technologies in Oracle sprout from this good old process. Consistency is the key in database systems, and so in the Log Buffer Editions, and this Log Buffer #294 continues it. And yes, the coolest 2012 PASS Summit is also there.

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Hanging with Jonathan Lewis at Oracle Open World 12 San Francisco


Hanging with Tom Kyte and Malenie Caffrey at AUSOUG Perth


Oracle with 20:20 Foresight Perth Australia was awesome

Perth is far from everywhere, but not far from the Oracle technologies. Passion, knowledge, and urge to share the experience, skills, tips and knowledge brought people from across the planet to gather under one roof and learn, educate and network under the banner of Oracle with 20:20 Foresight.

The event was organized by the Australian Oracle User Group with many other sponsors and exhibitors and was a explosion of innovation. Where there is Oracle on this planet, Pythian is there, rest assured. We presented three papers during this mega conference in West of Australia. Yury Velikanov presented on Direct NFS, (more...)

Speaking in Perth at Oracle with 20:20 Foresight

The remotest city of the world, the capital of Western Australia, Perth is once again having its premier Oracle conference.

AUSOUG and OAUG invite you to join your colleagues from the WA Oracle community at their premier WA Oracle Conference being held at Hilton Parmelia Perth Hotel 29 - 30 October 2012.

The conference theme is "Technology and Applications Conference for the Oracle User Community".

I will be presenting there on Demystification of Oracle DBRM with IORM in Exadata and you can find my session location and time in the conference program

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Followup to OTN Expert+ Conference at FAST

Firstly, thanks to all of you who attended the session and then sent the questions afterwards through the email and Twitter. Also apologies for rushing the session as we were very short on time. I will be presenting this session again very soon and will update the date and venue here. I will also be uploading the slides to the site in the near future.

Thanks to Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and Tariq Farooq of Brain Surface for having me there.

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Speaking at OTN Expert+ Conference @NUCES/FAST Lahore

Following is the detail of the event from the FAST NU website:

Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Expert+ Conference for the Oracle Community @NUCES/FAST Lahore

Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Presents:

Attend4FREE! - 5 Hours of Expert+ Speakers & Sessions!

Oct 16, 2012 5pm - 10pm Pakistan Time

100% LIVE: Attend Physically OR Virtually - @NUCES/FAST Lahore

100% FREE - Attend virtually by clicking on the link shown below:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/452999046

Presented by Oracle Technology Network (OTN), Organized by BrainSurface & hosted at the prestigious National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU), this is a DO-NOT-MISS event where some of (more...)

Speaking at Oracle Open World 2012 in San Fransico

When Oracle opens the world, it stays opened. Like every year, the climax of all things Oracle will be showcased in the elegant and bustling American city of San Fransisco. My session on Exadata patching will be there and its details are as follows:

=== Session Details ===

Smooth as Silk Oracle Exadata Patching CON6588 Conference Session Fahd Mirza Chughtai Thursday October 4, 2012, 11:15 – 12:15 Moscone West – Rm 3024 The more components a system has, the more challenging its maintenance becomes. Oracle Exadata marries storage with computation through a fast reliable network, and patching all of these seem daunting. (more...)

It’s Your Holiday, Not Your iPhone’s

I was thumbing through the photos in my iPhone from my Melbourne trip of August, where I went to present two sessions on Exadata in Insync12.

I spent couple of hours on first and last day in sigh-seeing or should I say my iPhone did the sight-seeing, and I nursed him. As I was going through the photos, I realized I was kind of watching those places first time. There were many things which were present in the photos, but I never saw them with my own eyes while walking or traveling in the trams or cabs.

I have decided (more...)

Get Oracle Database Appliance on Peanuts Rates from Pythian

When I first arrived in Australia, I was so stressed to see mega, urgent, limited supply sales at crash-door prices everywhere at Coles, Woolworths, Harvey Norman and other mega supermarkets. I wanted to go and buy all the stuff as I thought there would be no tomorrow and this is the once in a life time chance.

For instance I wanted to buy hundreds of liters of milk because it was on special rate and they said that it won't last long. Now after almost an year, not only the milk stands at the same special rate as it was (more...)

Oracle Exadata 11g Certified Implementation Specialist in Australia

I have been working with Exadata systems for the last two years and have loved every moment of it. Pythian's challenging and learning environment makes it a great experience. I thought of checking my Exadata know-how by attempting the Exadata certification, and thankfully passed it and became Oracle Exadata 11g Certified Implementation Specialist.

Yes quite a mouthful title, but nonetheless a good one. 

I will be writing another post as how to become an Exadata certified professional without using Exadata soon.