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Tales from Oracle OpenWorld 2015: Day 1 (Sunday) – The Oracle Cloud Matures

Larry Ellison kicked off Oracle Openworld on Sunday with a typically engaging presentation, which focused largely, as we all expected, on Oracle’s cloud offerings. The key messages from Ellison were that the IT industry is in the middle of a paradigm shift where more and more companies will be putting more and more services in

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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) Agile Analytics

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS) is the cloud based version of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. The Cloud BI service brings a low-cost, enterprise-class analytics environment, with built-in mobile capabilities, to users across an organization, regardless of technical level. “Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service, with built-in mobile capabilities, will speed and improve decision-making across

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The Truth About Oracle License Requirements in VMware Clusters

Published by in LICENSING on March 23rd, 2015

This article is a follow up to a post from 2014 focused on Oracle’s license policies for clustered VMware environments running Oracle database and middleware products. Since our original post – repeated below- we’ve received feedback from several parties, including Oracle Corp. and individuals with Oracle and VMware licensing experience. From the VMware side, the

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Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Hot Topics

Oracle OpenWorld, the company’s week-long convention in San Francisco, was bigger this year than ever before. More people, more lines, more products, and more technical sessions than in any previous year. So, what nuggets of information did the Cintra team pick up at OOW? This year, the overriding theme was 12c. Whether it was 12c

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Cintra Database Security Services – Helping You Navigate the Security Minefield

In many organizations, there was a time when database security simply involved ensuring environments were patched and passwords were not set to default values and database security audits involved a port scan and a handful of basic checks. However, the current focus on data security has never been higher and under such intense scrutiny with

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Data Security Part 1: Transparent Data Encryption

Data security has become an extremely hot topic, as several large organizations have suffered data loss or data theft recently, and major viruses threaten the security of our networks and database environments like never before. With more systems storing more data, we are also seeing greater requirements for regulatory compliance, such as PCI, CIS and

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ZFS Storage Appliance – ZS3 Series Update

The ZFS Storage Appliance range has long been an unsung hero in Oracle’s Engineered Systems family. The previous generation, namely the ZFS 7320 and 7420 appliances, married the popular ZFS filesystem technology long used in Solaris with an intelligent hybrid storage pool based on controller DRAM, read and write flash devices, and physical spindles, in

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Traditional RAC vs RAC On Engineered Systems Deployment

Oracle has designed engineered systems to reduce the cost and complexity of IT infrastructures while increasing productivity and performance. A faster deployment to production is achieved by implementing pre-engineered and pre-assembled hardware and software bundles that have been designed, engineered, and tested to work together. Oracle Engineered Systems are specifically designed and optimized for database

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Zero Downtime, Zero Risk Oracle Migrations

As the world of data is constantly, exponentially expanding and uptime requirements are following suit, this presents problems for not only storing that data, but how to migrate it between Oracle versions. Oracle Database 12c presents some compelling benefits, but if we cannot move our multi-terabyte database to it without significant downtime, we may not

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Duplicate Indexes: Less is More (more or less)

When investigating database performance problems, a common issue seen is duplication of indexes, literally the same column included in multiple indexes. This is often due to a misconception that all predicate columns in a query should be indexed. This can lead to multiple indexes being inadvertently created on the same lead columns. Indexes are used

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