VMware’s Official Support Statement Regarding Oracle Certification and Licensing

Stake in the Ground

VMware has put a stake in the ground with respect to Oracle licensing of VMware VMs running Oracle. The gist of this statement regarding certification, support, and licensing is that DRS host affinity rules, combined with vCenter audit trails showing where VMs have actually run, are sufficient for Oracle licensing purposes. The summary of the document states:

DRS Host Affinity rules can be used to run Oracle on a subset of the hosts within a cluster. In many cases, customers can use vSphere to achieve substantial licensing savings.

vCenter VMotion Logging

Concerning vCenter VMotion logging, the (more...)

NetApp’s ExaData Backup Play Reprise

I have received a fair number of responses to my previous post on this subject (some via comments and some via email). I thought the discussion worthwhile enough to punch it up a bit more here.


As I pointed out in the previous post, EMC can easily match NetApp's play to back up ExaData with the following:


As Geoff Rosser so correctly pointed out, this answer is incomplete. Yes, Data Domain is an awesome Oracle backup solution. Yes, it provides incredible deduplication rates for Oracle database environments. (Thanks, dynamox.) However, it is not the only viable solution from (more...)

NetApp’s ExaData Backup Play

There has been lots of material on the web recently concerning NetApp being able to backup ExaData. The purpose of this blog is to respond to that content, and state why NetApp's offering is rather lame, and actually offers nothing new.

The items on the web produced by NetApp are easy to find. I will not increase their Google hit rate by linking to them here. Suffice it to say, Neil Gerren's blog contains the principle content to which I will respond here. There is also NetApp technical report TR 4022, a 34 page tome, which I have read thoroughly. (more...)

Is ExaData an "Appliance"

My boss, Sam Lucido, raised the following question on the Everything Oracle at EMC website:

Appliances such as microwave ovens, refrigerators, iPods, iPads and TVs are excellent examples of the ease-of-use approach. Bringing the inherently complex world of Oracle databases together with the ease-of-use approach of appliances is challenging. By definition if Oracle Exadata is an appliance then its use should be simple, require relatively little maintenance and like a refrigerator do its job which in this case is run databases at extreme performance levels. If Oracle Exadata isn’t an appliance than what is it?

I found this question (more...)

Book Review: Oracle 11g R1/R2 Real Application Clusters Essentials by Ben Prusinski and Syed Jaffer Hussain (Packt Publishing)

Oracle 11g R1/R2 Real Application Clusters EssentialsOracle Real Application Cluster (RAC)  becomes the technology of choice for highly available and highly scalable deployment of enterprise Oracle database environment. With its innovative technology it comes with no surprise its complexity. The complexity is not only with the underlying database technology itself, but also how well you design and implement it to work with other components including operating system, storage subsystem, etc. In order to setup and maintain a successful RAC environment, it not only requires technical knowledge of database administrator (DBA), but also well collaboration and extended planning between all IT and business partners.

Few years (more...)

Oracle: Rename single/RAC Database

Method 1: Recreate control file with the new DB name, the old tried and tested method.
Method 2: Use new utility called NID
Steps to rename Databases using the new NID utility:
1.) Stop database

[oracle@testing1]~% srvctl status database -d test
Instance test1 is running on node testing1
Instance test2 is running on node testing2

srvctl stop database -d test

2.) startup mount the database:

[oracle@testing1]~% sqlplus / as sysdba

SQL*Plus: Release Production on Thu Jul 21 00:50:44 2011
Copyright (c) 1982, 2010, Oracle. All rights reserved.
Connected to an idle instance.
SQL> (more...)

Finding the Best Match With a Top-N Query

There was an interesting index related performance problem on Stack Overflow recently. The problem was to check an input string against a table that holds about 2000 prefix patterns (e.g., LIKE 'xyz%'). A fast select is needed that returns one row if any pattern matches the input string, or no row otherwise.

I believe my solution is worth a few extra words to explain it in more detail. Even though it’s a perfect fit for Use The Index, Luke it’s a little early to put it as an exercise there. It is, however, a very good complement (more...)

Oracle APEX Listener

As of June 28, 2010 the Oracle APEX listener is available for download on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) here. The APEX listener in combination with a J2EE Web Server is a drop in replacement for Apache / ModPLSQL. Since Oracle Application Express (APEX) is deployed within an Oracle database (more...)

Clustering Factor: Row Migration’s Victim

This article describes the effects of a high row migration rate on the clustering factor and the optimizer’s ability to select the best execution plan.

In my previous article—Row Migration and Row Movement—I have demonstrated that the “insert empty, update everything” anti-pattern can lead to 100% row migration. This article continues the research on row migration and unveils surprising effects on the clustering factor. To be precise, the clustering factor can become completely bogus in presence of a very high row migration rate. Once the clustering factor is “wrong”, it’s just a finger exercise to construct an optimizer (more...)

Ten Years Gone

I've been pretty quiet lately, because I'm in a transitional period. After 10 years on documentation for Oracle Database and other enterprise server products, I'm switching to the InnoDB group that already works with MySQL. New development environments, new customers, it's an exciting time!A decade seems to be the right timeframe for me. It was 10 years at IBM before that. Check back in 2019, I'm

Country ISO Code with Calling Code Data

Recently was required to populate Country Name, Country ISO Code and Country Calling Code data in a table in the database.
Compiled data from various sources and finally came to the below data. Please use it for reference, this data is correct to best of my knowledge.
Incase you find that there is any problem please let me know.
Incase you need insert statement for database, please ask for them I will send them to you.

I hope this is useful!!

Collaborate 09: Don’t miss these sessions

Collaborate 09 starts on Sunday, May 3 (a few days from now!) in Orlando. I’ve been offline for several weeks (more on that later), but will be returning to the world of computers and technology in full force in Orlando. I’ve had a few inquiries about whether or not I’ll be at Collaborate, so I thought I’d resurrect my blog with a post about where I’ll be and some of the highlights I see at Collaborate 09.

First, where I’ll be presenting:

  • Monday, 10:45-11:45am, #301, “Avoiding Common RAC Problems”
  • Tuesday, 9:45am-12pm, #332, “Installing RAC From The Ground Up”
  • (more...)

ADV: RAC Attack Hands-on Event at Collaborate09

The RAC SIG, Oracle and IOUG are thrilled to present the hands-on event dubbed “RAC Attack!” at Collaborate09 in Orlando, FL. It is a half-day University Session in the IOUG Forum scheduled for the morning of Thursday, May 7th.

Each participant will have their own private RAC cluster to use. You’ll be able to install a new cluster, test session failover, perform backup and recovery and just about anything else you’d like to try (time permitting). The session will have lab outlines with very specific instructions that cater to beginners. Advanced users are welcome to test anything (more...)

Future of Relational Database

I read an interesting article on RWW about future of relational database; thought it might be of interest to you too!

This article talks about the emerging database (key/value database) and compares it to RDBMS. One of the interesting things being that you may not be able to perform JOIN operation. It is being described as the suitable model for cloud service provides (and pay-as-you-go service providers) and big players like Amazon (SimpleDB), Google (AppEngine Datastore), Microsoft (SQL Data services) have already started the offering. There are non-cloud providers too like - CouchDB (more...)

You’ve Got to Fight for Your Invoker’s Rights

This post is about a PL/SQL feature that doesn't get enough respect, "invoker's rights".First off, what's its real name? Depending on the source, you'll see the feature name spelled "invoker's rights", "invokers' rights", or "invoker rights". That makes a difference -- you'll get different results in Google depending on what combination of singular, plural, and possessive you use. And to be

The Humble COUNT( ) Function

Here's another ode to a small but fundamental aspect of Oracle, following the same theme as The Humble IF Statement. This time, let's look at the COUNT( ) function. I think when you look at it the right way, it opens up the whole story about database performance.What's the first thing you do when poking around an unfamiliar system? I'll bet it involves SELECT COUNT(*) queries in one way or