Only two things are really certain: network latency over long distances, and the fact that humanity will soon rapidly degenerate into undead brain-eaters.
When that day comes, when the dead are crowding at your door and the windows are busted out and ripped up rotted arms are clawing at the inside of your home, I know what you’ll be thinking: is my database protected?
Don’t worry, my friends. The Oracle Alchemist has you covered. We (more...)
Last week I attended Oracle OpenWorld 2014, and it was an outstanding event filled with great people, awesome sessions, and a few outstanding notable experiences.
Personally I thought the messaging behind the conference itself wasn’t as amazing and upbeat as OpenWorld 2013, but that’s almost to be expected. Last year there was a ton of buzz around the introduction of Oracle 12c, Big Data was a buzzword that people were totally excited (more...)
Are you going to Oracle OpenWorld 2014? I am, and I hope to see you there! As you probably know, OpenWorld is a humongous event with tens of thousands of people in attendance and some amazing presentations. Why, I even hear Oracle’s new CTO might be there. I wonder if he has anything to talk about?
This year we’ll have a ton of activity at the Delphix booth. You can check out the speaking schedule, (more...)
Today’s the first day of school in my city, and the plethora of “OMG 1st day of school!” posts of Facebook and my own kids heading back in to slog through another year of fundamentals got me thinking about education. My own kids (12/daughter and 10/son) came home and went swimming since it was about 104 degrees today…the hottest day of the summer, as it were.
Anyways, after that activity my son decided to (more...)
[This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Grow Your Career
I’m going to kick this post off by taking sides in a long-standing feud.
Apple is amazing.
There. Edgy, right? Okay, so maybe you don’t agree with me, but you have to admit that a whole lot of people do. Why is that?
Image from AppleFanSite.com
Sure, there’s the snarky few that believe Apple products are successful due to an (more...)
Back in March of last year I wrote an article on the five frequently misused metrics in Oracle: These Aren’t the Metrics You’re Looking For.
To sum up, my five picks for the most misused metrics were:
- db file scattered read – Scattered reads aren’t always full table scans, and they’re certainly not always bad.
- Parse to Execute Ratio – This is not a metric that shows how often you’re hard parsing, no matter how (more...)
Random thoughts on a Friday afternoon…
We’ve all got problems. More to the point, every IT department or team has problems of some kind. It’s why we hire consultants, buy products, start long and arduous journeys into the great unknown depths of root cause analysis, and so on.
What fascinates me is the level at which we come to identify with our problems. When I’ve gone into an environment to deliver recommendations, the conversation usually (more...)
Alchemists are best known for their (completely fictional and entirely ridiculous, but that’s besides the point) amazing ability to turn lead into gold. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of lead in the Oracle world. Bugs, angry developers, metrics that can seem to elude human understanding…but I (more...)
With all the posts on Hadoop lately I bet you forgot I am an Oracle geek too, huh?
Well, if the name OracleAlchemist wasn’t enough to remind you, I have some news that might. Two big things have happened this week that I’d like to share.
You’ve purchased servers, storage space, switches, cables, and countless other pieces of hardware. The Oracle licenses are bought and paid for, Enterprise Edition with a few add-ons. All told, you’ve spent a small fortune on this infrastructure. It’s finally time to start up your database and begin using it for (more...)