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May, 2017:


Weblogic Thread Monitoring: Your Finger on the Pulse of the Middle Tier

Introduction WebLogic thread monitoring is very important for all slow or hanging application server issues. All WebLogic (middleware) requests are processed by thread pool thus it becomes a very important place to check for the problems. In Oracle DBA terms it’s very similar to checking database active sessions. Weblogic server architecture Weblogic server has a

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ZFS Storage: All That Flash, All The Time

Back in February Oracle announced its NEW ZS5 Storage Appliance. The ZS5 Storage Appliance was designed to deliver high performance across the board for all applications. Oracle has been building the ZFS Appliance from the beginning using a powerful SMP design. This design allows all the CPU Cores in its controllers to work effortlessly. The

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Low Risk SPARC Refresh: A Primer on SPARC Solaris Migrations

These days every IT department is familiar with x86 server virtualization, a useful strategy to reduce hardware footprints, provisioning time, downtime and increase flexibility and reliability. But few know that the same paradigm can be also applied to SPARC servers. Taking advantages of the latest SPARC server platforms and consolidating legacy SPARC systems without changing

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Oracle 12c Multitenant Option – A Database Architect’s Perspective

The Future Do you wonder what the future holds for the principal Oracle Database platform in terms of its RDBMS Architecture? The Oracle Multitenant Architecture is the platform for the future. Putting this plainly, the current Non-Multitenant Architecture (aka Legacy Architecture), will ultimately be de-supported so, if you’re serious as an Oracle DBA, you had

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Cintra Data Masking and Subsetting Solution

Most of us know that Oracle has an option that can be added to Enterprise Edition databases called the Data Masking and Subsetting Pack. This is a powerful solution, typically used to mask data when it is exported from a Production database and loaded into a Non-Production environment, so that our Developers do not have

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Modern Data Security: Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets

Information security has always been a hot topic in the IT industry, however in recent months the focus on this area has further increased. Whether due to national events such as the alleged hacking of the US election by foreign parties, international crises such as the WannaCry ransomware virus, or personal information attacks such as

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Oracle 12c Multitenancy: Pluggable Database Concepts

A few years ago, Oracle released a multitenant database architecture that featured a concept called Pluggable Databases. The basic idea behind this architecture is a set of containers. A multitenant database is comprised of: One root container which acts as the main repository for metadata and common users One seed pluggable database that acts as

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Oracle Public Cloud Bursting: Benefits and Considerations

Some months ago, I migrated a customer’s environment to the Oracle Public Cloud. It was a very straight forward migration, nothing complex, a single instance database that hosts many applications with over 300 users accessing the applications at any point in time. The Oracle Cloud service subscription chosen by the customer was a Non-metered hosted

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Oracle Compute Cloud Service (IaaS) New Features

The latest versions of Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) compute Cloud Service have added a slew of features and functionality that keep improving the capabilities and the performance of the service. The most notable additions of the latest releases were: High I/O shapes featuring NVMe SSD disks (February 2017) It is now possible to

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