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IOUG Collaborate 2013 Wrap-Up

By now, the Denver Convention Center is probably cleaned up from IOUG Collaborate. The signs directing thousands of attendees to top-notch technical presentations have been removed, the twenty rental laptops which composed the classroom for Pythian’s RAC Attack class have been returned, and the vendor exhibition floor has been completely cleared out. Flight delays notwithstanding (thanks to some midwest weather), attendees are generally home by now – even those coming from places as far away as Germany and Australia.

Now that the buzz is dying down, I’ve finally found a few minutes to post my personal highlights.

Friends Old and New

First off, my favorite part of Collaborate is the opportunity to meet so many old friends and make new acquaintances who are all using Oracle technology. It’s both fun and informative to hear about the ways others are using Oracle software.

Set Up Exadata for Cloud Control 12.1.0.2

I recently helped set up an Exadata X2-8 Database Machine with the latest version of OEM Cloud Countrol (12.1.0.2). A few documents do exist for this process – the most useful of which are the Exadata Discovery Cookbook and the Setup Automation Kit. However, I found a few inconsistencies and problems; I think the existing documents I found were written on older versions of OEM and older versions of the tools. Also, there are some additional steps for older Exadatas which didn’t apply to my case.

Adaptive Log File Sync: Oracle, Please Don’t Do That Again

Disclaimer: Much of what follows is pure speculation on my part. It could be completely wrong, and I’m putting it out there in the hopes that it’ll eventually be proven one way or the other.

IOUG Collaborate 2013 — Call for Speakers Informational Webinar

As I’ve become Director of Communities for IOUG recently, I’m intimately involved in many aspects of leading the IOUG community. One of the areas the user group is pursuing all the time is finding new speakers, and it takes a lot of convincing before community members actually start presenting. There are many of you who have exciting projects and implementations to share but can’t quite convince themselves to actually present.

So, whether you are a total newbie presenter or a presenter with experience that didn’t present at IOUG Collaborate conference yet, you might find this webinar useful: IOUG: Call for Speakers Informational Webinar. I hope to see you select one of your projects or a technical area you are excited and knowledgeable about and send your abstract. Feel free to post any question if have them — I’ll make sure they get answered.

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 – Bloggers Meetup

Oracle OpenWorld Bloggers Meetup Oracle OpenWorld 2012 is just over a month away, and yes, we are organizing the Annual Oracle Bloggers Meetup — one of your top favorite events of OpenWorld.

What: Oracle Bloggers Meetup 2012

When: Wed, 3-Oct-2012, 5:30pm

IOUG Oracle RAC SIG Board Officers Nominations are Open!

If you are looking to kick start your community contributions or looking to volunteer more than what you already do, I have an awesome suggestion for you — nominate yourself to serve as IOUG Oracle RAC SIG Board Officers volunteer. You don’t need to be an Oracle RAC expert to be successful in that role but you do need to be disciplined, creative, passionate about Oracle technology and community and have a bit of time to contribute regularly. I’d advise to plan to contribute at least an hour per week.

Announcement: Release 1.1.2 of MySQL Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g/11g

This release is just a quick bug fix release of an older 1.1.1 version of the plug-in. It’s long overdue but I’ve managed to fix “” problem only couple weeks ago. I’ve distributed the new version to the folks who have reached out to me by email of via blog reporting the issue in the [...]

UKOUG 2011 Conference OakTable Sunday by Alex Gorbachev

This blog post covers day 0 of UKOUG 2011 — Sunday, 4th of December, 2011. Since there were so many of us from Pythian at the conference, I’m adding my name in the blog post title. I think I will be doing it for all conference posts as I think I’ve been doing for some [...]

“Mastering Oracle Trace Data” by Cary Millsap right after the UKOUG Conference in Birmingham

My good friend (and personal hero) Cary Millsap is doing a series of one day classes around the world — Mastering Oracle Trace Data. One of them is conveniently scheduled in Birmingham Thursday next week right after the UKOUG Conference. It’s not far from the Birmingham ICC where the UKOUG Technology and Business Suite Conference [...]

Oracle Database Appliance: Storage Performance — Part 1

Today I want to show what kind of IO performance we can get from Oracle Database Appliance (ODA). In this part, I will focus on hard disks. That’s right — those good old brown spinning disks. I often use Oracle ORION tool to stress-test an IO subsystem and find it’s limits. It’s a very simple [...]