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(near)Zero Downtime Upgrades for Oracle 11g/12c — Introduction and Options

So, now that I have completed my series on  OpenLDAP for Oracle Net Service Name resolution, my next little adventure will be exploring the possibilities of zero downtime upgrades for Oracle 11gR2 and 12cR1.  This is an area that I don’t have a lot of experience with, so, I’ll be pretty much starting at ground zero.

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Dbvisit Reporting…

I try to stick close to core Oracle technologies and steer clear of product endorsements, but over the years I’ve bumped into the ladies and gents from Dbvisit a number of times and they have been consistently cool and consistently on the money with their products. At Oracle OpenWorld 2012 I bumped into Arjen Visser who told me about their new product called Dbvisit Reporting, so I asked him to keep nagging me until I tried it out. When we met at UKOUG 2012 I still hadn’t tried it, but he had been too polite to bug me about it. This weekend it made it to the top of my list. :)

Dbvisit Replicate…

Last months I wrote a post Dbvisit Standby and said I planned on taking a look at their replication product at some point. I had actually already started writing an article on it, but got a bit side tracked before putting it live. I went back to it today and noticed a new version of the product had been released, so I downloaded it and gave it a run through.