Understanding Flash: The Fall and Rise of Flash Memory

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This month sees the four year anniversary of some interesting events. Commonwealth countries around the world celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Whitney Houston was tragically found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel. The Caribbean was hit hard by sargassum seaweed invasion. And I made the decision to leave the comfort of Oracle databases and join the exciting new All-Flash Array industry.

Ok, I might have been stretching the use of the word “interesting” there. But for those with (more...)

Understanding Flash: What is 3D NAND?

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About 18 months ago I wrote a post describing the different types of NAND flash known as SLC, MLC and TLC. However, 18 months is a lifetime in the world of technology so now I need to clarify it based on the widespread adoption of a new type of NAND flash. Let me explain…

Recap: 2D Planar NAND

Until recently, most of the flash memory used for data storage was of a form known as 2D Planar NAND (more...)

All Flash Arrays: Hybrid Means Compromise

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Sometimes the transition between two technologies is long and complicated. It may be that the original technology is so well established that it’s entrenched in people’s minds as simply “the way things are” – inertia, you might say. It could be that there is more than one form of the new technology to choose from, with smart customers holding back to wait and see which emerges as a stronger contender for their investment. Or it could just be (more...)

Postcards from Storageland: Pure Storage Cancels Christmas

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Ho ho ho folks. It’s nearly Christmas Day, 2016 and it most definitely is the season to be jolly. It’s also an exciting time in the All Flash Array industry with NetApp announcing its intended acquisition of Solidfire for a reported $870 million. Merry Christmas to everyone at Solidfire!

Unfortunately those sentiments weren’t shared by Pure Storage’s VP of Product, Matt Kixmoeller, who published a blog on the subject of the acquisition which seemed a little on (more...)

Why Kaminario?

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This summer I made the decision to leave my previous employer and join another vendor in the All Flash Array space – a company called Kaminario. A lot of people have been in touch to ask me about this, so I thought I’d answer the question here… Why Kaminario?

To answer the question, we first need to look at where the All Flash industry finds itself today…

The Path To Flash Adoption

We all know that disk-based storage has (more...)

All Flash Arrays: SSD-based versus Ground-Up Design

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In recent articles in this series I’ve been looking at the architectural choices for building All Flash Arrays (AFAs). I surmised that there are three main approaches:

  • Hybrid Flash Arrays
  • SSD-based All Flash Arrays
  • Ground-Up All Flash Arrays (which from here on I’ll refer to as Custom Flash Module arrays or CFM arrays)

I’ve already blown metaphorical raspberries at the hybrid approach, so now it’s time to cover the other two.

SSD or CFM: The (more...)

All Flash Arrays: Where’s My Capacity? Effective, Usable and Raw Explained

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What’s the most important attribute to consider when you want to buy a new storage system? More critical than performance, more interesting than power and cooling requirements, maybe even more important than price? Whether it’s an enterprise-class All Flash Array, a new drive for your laptop or just a USB flash key, the first question on anybody’s mind is usually: how big is it?

Yet surprisingly, at least when it comes to All Flash Arrays, (more...)

Goodbye Violin… Available For Hire!

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There’s a joke among some of the longer-serving employees of Violin Memory that “Violin years” are like dog years: every normal year feels like a decade. It’s not meant in a negative way, it’s just that things change so quickly and dramatically in the flash industry that whenever we take a moment to look back it seems impossible to believe that it was only a few years ago when flash was considered a new technology and we were (more...)

OUG_SCOT: I was on fire and then the fire alarm went off

it’s been a couple of months since my session at the oug_scot and I feel it’s enough time to write about it…

First of all – it was awesome!

I have never been to a user conference other than the ilOUG in Israel. I went to the Oracle Open World couple of years ago (and I’m not going this year :-( ) but it was nothing alike…

The user group was at a lovely place near (more...)

All Flash Arrays: Can’t I Just Stick Some SSDs In My Disk Array?

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In the previous post of this series I outlined three basic categories of All Flash Array (AFA): the hybrid AFA, the SSD-based AFA and the ground-up AFA. This post addresses the first one and is therefore aimed at answering one of the questions I hear most often: why can’t I just stick a bunch of SSDs in my existing disk array?

Data Centre Dinosaurs

Disk arrays – and in this case we are mainly talking about (more...)

Oracle’s ASM Filter Driver Revisited

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Almost exactly a year ago I published a post covering my first impressions of the ASM Filter Driver (ASMFD) released in Oracle 12.1.0.2, followed swiftly by a second post showing that it didn’t work with 4k native devices.

When I wrote that first post I was about to start my summer holidays, so I’m afraid to admit that I was a little sloppy and made some false assumptions toward the end – assumptions (more...)

Oded’s Session on Security in the Cloud is now (oug_scot)

Oded Raz, my colleague and friend is on right now, talking about security in the cloud in the Scotland OUG conference.
Since the room is full, I had to leave to make some more space to the participants…

Oded at Scotland OUG

In the mean time, I was taking a walk around this nice complex and found the visitor demo room for hardware and engineered systems. I took some pictures:

ZFS storage and Solaris Servers

Exadata racks on display

My first session will start in a couple of (more...)

Live Blogging: Oracle User Group Conventions Israel and Scotland

Just a quick note – I was quite busy in the last few days – first there was the Israeli ilOUG convention (it’s still on) but I had to leave early since today I’m speaking at Scotland!

So today I’m speaking at 15:25 – my session is about “Adding Real Time Reporting to Your Database: Oracle In Memory Option”. This is a great session I gave last year in ilOUG SIG group and I added (more...)

Blog : Solutions Cloud Oracle

Retrouvez mon nouveau blog consacré aux solutions Cloud Oracle (Private, Public & Hybrid) :
http://oraclecloudsolutions.blogspot.com

OAUG BI Publisher SIG

First off, if you are not familiar with the term SIG, it stands for Special Interest Group.  OAUG facilitates a number of SIGs to bring users together that share common or industries concerning certain Oracle products.

Unfortunately, the BI Publisher SIG has been offline for a number of years and has not been given the attention it needs to be a useful resource for members of OAUG.  Well… I’m getting the band back together and (more...)

Annual Report from WordPress

Recently, I received my annual report from WordPress/Jetpack.  I have always enjoyed these reports, so I thought I would make it public.

For the complete report, view it here: PSST0101 – 2014 Year in Blogging

Here’s a couple of excerpts:

Crunchy numbers

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 (more...)

Blog : Cloud Community France

Intéressé par les solutions Cloud (IaaS & PaaS / Public & Privé) d'Oracle ?
Suivez le blog : https://blogs.oracle.com/Cloud-Community-France/

My lucky find for ORA-01720: Grant Option Does Not Exist.

Strangest thing happened the other day during a customer upgrade.  Our automated scripts were in the process of creating a view and I received the error:

ORA-01720: Grant Option Does Not Exist.

OK…..  I get it…  BUT…. I didn’t even execute a GRANT statement!?  I was just executing a CREATE OR REPLACE VIEW…. what gives?

Doing some searching online, I didn’t find too much that fit my issue.  Everyone was getting (more...)

Printing Attachments in Oracle 12.2: How does it Stack Up?

With the release of EBS 12.2, Oracle is making the claim that they have improved the attachment printing process. After reviewing the integration, I completely disagree; they have not given users a better solution.  No matter how you slice it, Oracle EBS customers are no further ahead with (more...)

Forms Personalization: Calculating an Item Value

I received the following comment recently on an older Forms Personalization post:

how can i get result from the following equation through personalization
K_LINES.LINE_VALUE = K_HEADER.K_VALUE/K_HEADER.PRIME_K_NUMBER

i want to know what is the syntax and what is the required steps to get the result automatically

thanx

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