DevOps and Databases?

October 16th, 2014
I'm super looking forward to next weeks DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco. You might ask "Why?!" since I'm a database guy and not a DevOps guy.  I can understand that reaction. I don't know about you, but when I hear the term DevOps I have to roll my eyes and think "oh, the latest greatest tech industry buzzword." So why would I as a DBA care about DevOps? With DevOps, as with most tech industry buzzwords, there is actually a worthy idea at the kernel. The kernel of DevOps has two parts. communication automation The first part is changing company culture seeking to improve ...


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Delphix and Oracle 12c partnership

October 10th, 2014
More and more people have been asking me how Delphix compares with Oracle EM 12c Cloud Control with Snap Clone. Delphix compliments Oracle. Oracle and Delphix are partners.  Delphix is an Oracle Gold ISV partner and we collaborated at Oracle Open World on hosting hands on Delphix labs. Delphix adds value to Oracle by enabling Oracle customers to more efficiently and easily make copies of there databases. Databases are typically copied from a production system to development, QA, backups, reporting, sandboxes, UAT, forensics etc. Across these copies 90-99% of the data blocks are duplicate. Instead of making duplicate copies, Delphix enables the duplicate ...


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Where the real technical talks are at OOW

September 26th, 2014
What are the real technical talks at OOW amid all the marketing fluff? I don't know all of them but I can vouch for the following   time id speaker room title Sunday 9:00 UGF2563 Jeremiah Wilton, Marc Fielding M South 309 24/7 Availability with Oracle Database Application Continuity 9:00 UGF4378 Gwen Shapira M South 308 Analyzing Twitter Data with Hadoop - Live Demo 10:00 UGF3587 Tim Gorman M South 301 Scaling To Infinity: Partitioning DW on Oracle Database 11:00 UGF3147 Chris Antognini M South 304 Adaptive Query Optimization 2:30 UGF8949 12 speakers... M South 304 12 Looks at Oracle Database 12c: EOUC Short Talks UGF8949 pt. 1 Jonathan Lewis M South 304 Ugrading to 12c - What will go wrong? 2:30 UGF2244 Connor McDonald M South 303 12c features for Developers 2:30 UGF3475 Martin Bach, Frits Hoogland M ...


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Oaktable World & Delphix Labs on Mon & Tues

September 25th, 2014
Next week during Oracle Open World, be sure and come on Monday and Tuesday to the free Oaktable World and  on Tuesday to Delphix hands on lab and free 90 day trial version at #CloneAttack at the same venue as Oaktable World.   The labs will also be joined by DBvisit for #RepAttack and Solarwinds (Confio) for #MonitorAttack.   Beer, Meat, Explode        


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Oracle Open World schedule

September 24th, 2014
Here is my schedule of presentations at Open World this coming week. I most excited about my talk on Sunday. The Phoenix Project is a awesome book everyone should read, DevOps is the rising star of IT and this talk will empower DBAs to take their careers to the next level with data virtualization - virtualize, govern and deliver data efficiently boosting your companies efficiencies and bottom line much greater than any other change one could make as a DBA. Sunday 3:30 - DevOps, Databases, and the Phoenix Project (UGF4042) Moscone South - 301 Monday - 8am - 5pm  - Oaktable World 10am - to see Jonathan Lewis at ...


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Delphix trial version available for first time : #CloneAttack

September 23rd, 2014
  Update: Delphix is now hosting a community board for the hands on lab called Landshark ------ At Oracle Open World we will be leading hands on labs to install a fully operation Delphix environment on your laptop. The labs will be hosted at the Creativity Museum, the same location as Oaktable World on Tuesday Sept 30 from 10am to 5pm. Solarwinds Confio and DBvisit will also beholding #MonitorAttack and #RepAttack in the same location. The labs for Delphix will be led by Kyle Hailey Steve Karam Adam Bowen Ben Prusinski Tim Gorman We will provide automated install scripts along with 3 OVA files for the following VMs: Linux Source (CentOS 6.5) 1.8 GB OVA file,  ...


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Jonathan Lewis explains Delphix internals

September 22nd, 2014
Last week we had a great webinar with Jonathan Lewis as he explained his hands on experience of Delphix, how Delphix works internally and some use cases that Delphix solves for Jonathan. Jonathan will be joining us a the Delphix booth at Oracle Open World and giving shorter version of the presentation at 10am on Monday and Tuesday and 11am on Wednesday. Also Jonathan will be speaking at Oaktable World on Monday 1pm and both Monday and Tuesday for Ted Talks at Oaktable World between noon and 1pm. If you are interested in trying Delphix out, we will be hosting a hands on ...


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Oracle Open World: Oaktable speakers at Delphix booth

September 19th, 2014
Planning to attend Oracle OpenWorld this year?  If so, stop by to visit Delphix at booth 821 and hear from Oracle industry luminaries such as Jonathan Lewis, Tim Gorman, Kyle Hailey, Ben Prusinski and the Oracle Alchemist, Steve Karam. Taking Back Your Time: The Power of Virtual Databases, Jonathan Lewis Virtual Data Platform: Revolutionizing Database Cloning, Kyle Hailey Virtual Data for the High Performance Warehouse, Steve Karam Transforming IT Infrastructure, Tim Gorman Oracle E-Business Suite Updates with Delphix, Ben Prusinski Join your peers at #CloneAttack #RepAttack and receive a free 30-day trial version of Delphix and Dbvisit Replicate. DATE:  Monday, September 29 TIME:  3:30-5:00 PM LOCATION:  OTN Lounge If you are unable to make it to ...


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Jonathan Lewis explains Delphix live Sept 18th

September 15th, 2014
Join myself and Tim Gorman as we host a live webinar  and Q&A September 18th at 10am PST  with Jonathan Lewis. Jonathan will explain from his on experiences how Delphix works and what industry problems it solves. Click here to register for our webinar. See Jonathan's blog post on this up coming webinar http://jonathanlewis.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/delphix-3/ Jonathan explains issues and obstacles to creating "thin clones" on typical industry hardware: how point in time snapshots work And from point in time snapshots, he explains how clones can rapidly be made. Related blog posts by Jonathan’s blog http://jonathanlewis.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/delphix-overview/ – write up on experiences with Delphix good technical details


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Good Blogs to follow

September 12th, 2014
Good blogs keep popping up and other blogs fade into the back ground, so it's hard to keep track of the good stuff out there. The following is a list of blogs I have either in the past gotten a lot out of or currently do. It would be great to get comments on what the best current blogs are and then iterate on this list and keep it updated. There use to be a cool blog aggregator site called "collected.info" where I had aggregated a bunch of blogs but that site no longer seems to work and I've lost the ...


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