Saturday, January 31, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
After having zero success finding employment after Delphix ended my employment in December, I wanted to reach out to fellow contacts in the business to offer my consultative services as a database and cloud product architect. I applied online to the usual job portals at Oracle, SAP, EMC and many other companies but alas my resume slid down the Taleo ATS blackhole. The one hiring manager at SAP wanted 20 decades of HANA experience and I told him that HANA has been out less than a few years. Hopefully I find work soon.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
This year's Oracle Open World 2014 was a lot of learning and meeting old and new friends.
What a fun and great conference!
The big highlights for me were:
Oracle 12c In Memory Database- in sight and everywhere this was a key mantra at the event.
Big Data SQL- another new thing that intrigues me is using SQL to manage Big Data applications with Hadoop, NoSQL and other applications.
Engineered systems- Oracle demo grounds featured Exadata, Exalogic, Big Data Appliance (BDA), etc front and center.
Last but not least, Oracle Public Cloud was a centerpiece in the keynotes and sessions. Oracle is now a serious contender to not only IBM, HP, Cisco, and EMC but to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with public cloud offerings.
Last year, Oracle introduced hands on labs (HOL) to allow participants to learn first hand new technologies aside from the standard product marketing and general conference sessions.
This year the hands on labs (HOL) were greatly expanded and I spent the majority of my time attending a dozen or so of these excellent sessions for learning first hand how to work with Oracle Public Cloud, virtualization, big data and NoSQL.
Prior to OOW, I attended the 2 day Oracle ACE Director summit and had a great experience learning first hand from Oracle's Thomas Kurian, EVP of Product Development as well as many product and engineering folks from Oracle.
Last but certainly not least, I presented at the Delphix booth on performing Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrades with Delphix and had a great attendance. Next month I am presenting at the BGOUG conference in Sofia, Bulgaria which will be an exciting event.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This year promises to be an exciting Oracle OpenWorld.
I will be presenting in the Delphix booth on using Delphix to perform upgrades with Oracle E-Business Suite. Hope to see you all there and we also will have a Clone Attack with demo software available to learn about Delphix. In addition, DBVisit will be presenting REPAttack to show demos how to replicate seamless Oracle environments with the DBVisit software.
I am headed to the Oracle ACE Director briefing so stay tuned and hope to see everyone there.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
In preparation for upcoming Oracle Open World 2014 and BGOUG 2014 (Bulgarian User Oracle Group) conferences, I will write a series of tips and tricks for new Oracle 12c RAC and ASM features. Today I would like to review the new Oracle 12c RAC Flexible ASM feature. For our discussion as a reference point you can source details in the useful My Oracle Support (http://support.oracle.com) note FAQ: Oracle Flex ASM 12c / 12.1 (Doc ID 1573137.1)
Which contains a wealth of detailed information for the setup and configuration of an Oracle 12c Flex ASM environment. So, what is Oracle 12c Flex ASM you might be asking? Well it is a new method for managing clustered storage within Oracle 12c RAC environments. In the past releases of Oracle RAC and ASM prior to 12c, one had to build individual ASM instances on each cluster node for an Oracle RAC configuration. If any single node failed, the surviving RAC nodes would take control in a quorum event managed by Oracle cluster ware. However, there were some performance and availability issues with that architecture. To remediate the weak points of the Oracle RAC and ASM environment, Oracle development re-architected the model for ASM. By allowing shared control of ASM within a cluster via a single ASM instance, flex ASM was born. Oracle provides a good architecture diagram below for the design.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Last week, I passed my private pilot oral exam and flight test called a checkride and now have my private pilot license!
The checkride was challenging and intense but I had a great experience and learned a lot about myself and from the awesome examiner in Santa Rosa.
Here is a picture of me after passing my checkride with my awesome instructor:
I was able to fly from Palo Alto to Sacramento and then on to Oroville to visit family and friends for this year's Thanksgiving dinner and to avoid the nasty holiday traffic on the freeway! As I soared to over 5000 feet, I could see the massive traffic on the ground and smiled that I was able to bypass this. Flying into Oroville was fun and a very nice large airport for a very small town of less than 50,000 people.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Big Data Interview at Oracle Open World
Below is my interview with the Oracle Technology Network on Big Data from this year's Oracle OpenWorld conference: