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For the most part every post on this site will be about technology, but this category is for the topics which are clearly frontrunners in the technology world, or not related to other technology categories on this site.
Provisioning Virtual ASM (vASM)
In this post, we’re going to use Delphix to create a virtual ASM diskgroup, and provision a clone of the virtual ASM diskgroup to a target system. I call it vASM, which is pronounced “vawesome.” Let’s make it happen. Most viewers assume Gollum was talking about Shelob the giant spider here,
Real Push Button Refresh with Raspberry Pi
In this post, we’re going to perform a push button refresh of an Oracle Database, Application Express (APEX) installation, and Tomcat webserver. “But Oracle Alchemist,” you’re probably thinking, “we know about that. You’ve told us about how Delphix can provision and refresh data.” And yes, you’d be right. But I
Managing your Database in a Zombie Apocalypse
Only two things are really certain: network latency over long distances, and the fact that humanity will soon rapidly degenerate into undead brain-eaters. When that day comes, when the dead are crowding at your door and the windows are busted out and ripped up rotted arms are clawing at the
Another Great OpenWorld
Last week I attended Oracle OpenWorld 2014, and it was an outstanding event filled with great people, awesome sessions, and a few outstanding notable experiences. Personally I thought the messaging behind the conference itself wasn’t as amazing and upbeat as OpenWorld 2013, but that’s almost to be expected. Last year
Are you going to Oracle OpenWorld 2014? I am, and I hope to see you there! As you probably know, OpenWorld is a humongous event with tens of thousands of people in attendance and some amazing presentations. Why, I even hear Oracle’s new CTO might be there. I wonder if
Teach Your Children Well
Today’s the first day of school in my city, and the plethora of “OMG 1st day of school!” posts of Facebook and my own kids heading back in to slog through another year of fundamentals got me thinking about education. My own kids (12/daughter and 10/son) came home and went
The Customer Experience
I’m going to kick this post off by taking sides in a long-standing feud. Apple is amazing. There. Edgy, right? Okay, so maybe you don’t agree with me, but you have to admit that a whole lot of people do. Why is that? Sure, there’s the snarky few that believe
IT Stockholm Syndrome
Random thoughts on a Friday afternoon… We’ve all got problems. More to the point, every IT department or team has problems of some kind. It’s why we hire consultants, buy products, start long and arduous journeys into the great unknown depths of root cause analysis, and so on. What fascinates
The Delphix Alchemist?
Alchemists are best known for their (completely fictional and entirely ridiculous, but that’s besides the point) amazing ability to turn lead into gold. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of lead in the Oracle world. Bugs, angry developers, metrics that can seem to elude human understanding…but I digress. The question