I love valuable metric data and I wanted to see what’s offered from different cloud providers. Metrics are data and data ensures that when performance is impacted, we have the information we need to answer questions and resolve issues.
Most people know I like to do things the hard way…
There are a lot of people and companies starting to push the same old myth regarding the death of the database administrator role in companies. On the Oracle side, it started with release Oracle 7 and now is proposed with the introduction of cloud. Hopefully my post will help ease the mind of those out there with concerns.
No, this isn’t a title for a future Star Wars movie, but our own future, foreseen by me, (as well as many others) from experience, research and discussions everyday.
To me, ‘cloud computing’ is renting a compute resource to perform a task. In order to use that compute resource, you need to instruct it to do something, which is typically done via the network. If the task the compute resource needs to fulfil is being an application server or being a client or both in the case of an application server that uses an Oracle database, the network latency between the client of the database and the database server is a critical property.
I don’t want to alarm you, but there’s a new Delphix trial on AWS! It uses your own AWS account and with a simple set up, allows you to deploy a trial Delphix environment. Yes, you hear me right- just with a couple steps, you could have your own setup to work with Delphix!
I don’t know how I missed it but Randolf Geist has been doing writing a series of posts on the performance of Oracle’s DBaaS offering, using a series of long-running tests to capture not only raw performance figures but also an indication of consistency. You can find all of these tests with a search URL on his blog, but I’ve also created a little index here to make it easier for me to access them in order.
Yeah, sure it would be cool to crank up some big time powered VM’s in the cloud and let rip, but the reality is – if you’re starting out on a cloud exploration, you probably want to (initially at least) just dip your toes in the water and start with something small. For example, if I wanted to play with 12c Release 2, I can just sign up for an Exadata Express service so I can explore the new features without breaking the bank.
But whatever the need, accessing a database as a service as opposed to a server, there’s often that fear of “handing over the reins”, that is, that I’ll not be able to do the things I want to do, especially when it comes to OS level access. And for a developer or DBA, perhaps a thing that might raise alarm bells is: “How will I access my trace files ?”
We, DBAs, have a tendency to over think everything. I don’t know if the trait to over think is just found in DBAs or if we see it in other technical positions, too.