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November 2013

Delphix Benefits in Brief

Twitter question: “Can anyone give me a link to a very short itemized list of Delphix benefits?”

First,  short   summary: Delphix is the most powerful product to improve development output and quality in the 20+ years I’ve been working with databases. It improves development by eliminating the enormous infrastructure, bureaucracy and time drag that it takes to provision databases for development environments. Development environments depend on having a copies of production databases and Delphix allows provisioning in a few minutes with almost no storage overhead by sharing duplicate blocks among all the copies. For more info see

OSP #2b: Build a Standard Platform from the Bottom-Up

This is the fourth of twelve articles in a series called Operationally Scalable Practices. The first article gives an introduction and the second article contains a general overview. In short, this series suggests a comprehensive and cogent blueprint to best position organizations and DBAs for growth.

OSP #2b: Build a Standard Platform from the Bottom-Up

This is the fourth of twelve articles in a series called Operationally Scalable Practices. The first article gives an introduction and the second article contains a general overview. In short, this series suggests a comprehensive and cogent blueprint to best position organizations and DBAs for growth.

OakTable World UK 2013

Scale Abilities is proud to be sponsoring the first independent OakTable World UK event along with co-sponsors Pythian and Dbvisit. The event will be held on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd December, hosted across the street from the Tech13 conference at: Premier Inn, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 3DW. Registration is required - […]

OakTable World UK 2013

Scale Abilities is proud to be sponsoring the first independent OakTable World UK event along with co-sponsors Pythian and Dbvisit. The event will be held on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd December, hosted across the street from the Tech13 conference at: Premier Inn, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 3DW. Registration is required - […]

Theory of Constraints: the DBA

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photo Celestine Chua

“Do you think the great Skeeve has nothing to do with his time but guard your borders? Do you want to tie up your high-cost magician doing the job a low-cost soldier could do?” – Aahz, MYTH Conceptions by Robert Asprin

Database Upgrade – What’s the Bottleneck?

I met with a customer today who described for me the challenges they had in their previous 10g to 11g Oracle database upgrade. Their requirements boiled down to this:
• The business can’t afford a lengthy cutover time for the upgrade.
• The business can’t afford any data loss.
• They business had to be able to rollback the upgrade in the event of a fail.
• The 8-10 downstream systems need to be upgraded very quickly soon after.

OSP #2a: Build a Standard Platform from the Bottom-Up

This is the fourth of twelve articles in a series called Operationally Scalable Practices. The first article gives an introduction and the second article contains a general overview. In short, this series suggests a comprehensive and cogent blueprint to best position organizations and DBAs for growth.

OSP #2a: Build a Standard Platform from the Bottom-Up

This is the fourth of twelve articles in a series called Operationally Scalable Practices. The first article gives an introduction and the second article contains a general overview. In short, this series suggests a comprehensive and cogent blueprint to best position organizations and DBAs for growth.

MOUS 2013 Presentations

Just a quick note/announcement, that we had our annual Michigan Oracle Users Summit yesterday at the VisTaTech Center on the campus of Schoolcraft College, in Livonia, MI.  It was a good conference, and I think everyone who made it out, enjoyed their time there and saw some excellent presentations.

I did two presentations, Understanding and Interpreting Deadlocks and All About Indexes.  The presentations will be available at the MOUS website, but I also wanted to make them available here.  (See the links above.)

P.S.  I finally, just today, got my storage for my GoldenGate test boxes, so, I’ll be proceeding with that testing soon.  Stay tuned for my next blog post in that series, in a week or so.