cloud

Shooting the DBA isn’t a Silver Bullet to the Cloud

We’ve all been watching numerous companies view value in bypassing the Database Administrator and other critical IT roles in an effort to get IT faster to the cloud.  It may look incredibly attractive to sales, but the truth of it is, it can be like setting up land mines in your own yard.

East Coast Oracle Conference, (ECO 17)

So this week I’m back on the other coast, Raleigh, NC at ECO17 after last week in Seattle. I’ve switched from SQL Server to Oracle and we won’t discuss how many times I had to correct myself as I said, “transaction log” instead of “archive log” and pointed west instead of east for the ocean…My expression at times was similar to Obi Wan’s-

For the next month, I’ll be sticking to the Oracle side, as this is going to be a crazy month for travel.  My two sessions at ECO this week were well attended and I really enjoyed talking to folks and learning some new schtuff.

VirtualBox 5.2 exports the VM to the Oracle Cloud

The new release of Oracle VM VirtualBox (aka VirtualBox) is there with a new functionality to export a VM to the Oracle Cloud Compute (aka Oracle Cloud Infrastructure). That can be interesting to prepare a VM on my laptop and move it to the Cloud to get it accessible from everywhere. Here’s my first try. In my opinion, it’s idea but probably need further evolution.

VirtualBox

Here is what is new: in addition to .ova you can export to an Oracle Public Cloud image:
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What I Learned At Oracle Open World 2017

My Oracle Open World started with a beautiful Sunday-morning run across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge annual event organized by Oracle’s SQL Developer team (thanks Jeff)! Monday morning another group met for our annual San Francisco Bay Swim at the Dolphin Swim club; thanks to the Oracle Developer Community for providing coffee, pastries, and cool towels (thanks Jennifer)!

Oracle’s Open World was a little cozier this year; most sessions were at Moscone and hotels in close proximity making it easier to get from event to event. More time in sessions and less time in transit; good swap.

Am I a DBA 3.0 or just an SQL*DBA?

There are currently a lot of new buzz words and re-namings which suggest that our DBA role is changing, most of them escorted with a #cloud hashtag. Oracle Technology Network is now called Oracle Developer Community. Larry Ellison announced the database that does not need to be operated by humans. And people talking about the death of DBA, about the future of DBA, about DBA 3.0,…

Data Gravity and the Network

The network has often been viewed as “no man’s land” for the DBA-  Our tools may identify network latency, but rarely does it go into any details, designating the network outside our jurisdiction.

As we work through data gravity, i.e. the weight of data, the pull of applications, services, etc. to data sources, we have to inspect what connects it to the data and slows it down.  Yes, the network.

Archaic Data Transfer- A DBA Rant

There was a great post by Noel Yuhanna on how he deems the number of DBAs required in a database environment by size and number of databases.  This challenge has created a situation where data platforms are searching for ways to remove this roadblock and eliminate the skills needed to manage the database tier.

Oracle Cloud: script to stop all PaaS services

With metered cloud services, keeping all your instances running may become expensive. The goal is to start them only when you need them. Here is a script that stops all instances you have on the Oracle Cloud Service PaaS. You can schedule it for example to stop them at the end of the business day, or when they are not active for a long time. The scripts use the REST API called with curl, JSON output parsed with jq, HTTP status explained with links.

In the first part of the script, I set the variables. Set them to your user:password, identity domain, cloud service url, ssh key:

u="MyEmail@Domain.net:MyPassword"
i=a521642
r=https://dbcs.emea.oraclecloud.com

Virtualizing Big Data in the Cloud

I’m in sunny Phoenix this week at the Data Platforms 2017 Conference and looking forward to a break in the heat when I return to Colorado this evening.

As this event is for big data, I expected to present on how big data could benefit from virtualization, but was surprised to find that I didn’t have a lot of luck finding customers utilizing us for this reason, (yet).  As I’ve discussed in previous presentations, I was aware of what a “swiss army knife” virtualization is, resolving numerous issues, across a myriad of environments, yet often unidentified.

Delivering Migration Projects on Time

I did a couple great sessions yesterday for the awesome Dallas Oracle User Group, (DOUG.)  It was the first time I did my thought leadership piece on Making Sense of the Cloud and it was a great talk, with some incredible questions from the DOUG attendees!