Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day One of SEOUC

Craig Shallahamer gave the keynote on "A Day in the Life of an Oralce User Process", it was fun and informative. At lunch Charles Garry of Oracle gave a keynote on "Lowering your IT Costs" a discussion of using Oracle 11g Grid technology to lower the cost of computing. He also gave me a great shout out for my presentation.

The first day went great. I gave both of my presentations and got great reviews (as far as I could tell!) I had 25 attendees in my first presentation and about a dozen in my second and for this size conference those are pretty good numbers, especially considering the change of day and time for the second presentation. Since this is a regional/local conference many people leave before the last presentation of the day to beat rush hour and unfortunately that was the slot my second presentation was moved to. But that is OK. The attendees for both the first and second talk asked a lot of good questions and seemed very interested in the technologies discussed.

Today will be just a booth day with Ric and I there until 1:45 to answer questions and talk with folks. After that it is bundle back up into the car and head back to Alpharetta. Next stop: Road Show San Jose, so see you there!

Mike Ault

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Off to SEOUC 2010

As soon as the laundry finishes it is pack the car and head off to Charlotte, NC for SEOUC 2010. Since I live in Atlanta, Georgia it is easier to just drive there than to deal with the hassles and expenses of flying.

I'll be giving two presentations at SEOUC:

Testing to Destruction: Part Two (discussing TPC-C and TPC-H testing)
Session: 2, Wednesday, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Utilizing ASM Preferred Read Groups to Maximize Oracle Performance
Session: 8, Thursday, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

The second one has been moved to Wednesday afternoon but I am not sure of the time so check out the website for the most up to date information!

Mike Ault

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ready for Day 2 at RMOUG

Well, here it is 5:30 AM local time and I am wide awake. Of course it is 7:30 am back in Atlanta and my body insists I be up. Today I present: "The Ultimate Oracle Architecture: OPERA", a paper about "Oracle Performance Enhancing RamSan Architecture" OPERA for short. I thought I should make that clear since someone asked if Opera the web browser was really the best architecture for Oracle...

In this more generic version of the paper I have reworked the OPERA acronym into "Oracle Performance Enhancing Reliable Architecture" and removed specific references to the RamSan-620 (other than in the pictures) in order to give this great presentation and not come across as an advertisement - which of course is a no-no at almost all Oracle conferences, unless you are doing an allowed and sanctioned product presentation. Of course, the OPERA could also be the "OpenSource database Performance Enhancing RamSan Architecture" if the references to ASM where converted to some other OpenSource disk management tool that allows preferred read mirroring. After all, it is the RamSan-620 that provides the performance enhancement and its use in the preferred read mirror, not the database that is sitting on top of it or the disk management software.

In speaking with some of my contacts here I found out something interesting for you MySQL folks out there. MySQL as it sits right now can only properly utilize about 4 CPUs before not so good things start happening. Well, there should be a new release soon that will properly handle up to 32 CPUs. Looks like Oracle is keeping their word not to interfere with the further advancement of MySQL in the OpenSource environemnt.

Well, I have to pack and then do the normal morning duties so I can meet Lee Miles for breakfast at 6:50 (the showroom floor opens at 07:30) so that is all for now.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 1 of RMOUG

The convention opened with breakfast with the ACE Directors. For thoes not familiar, the ACE program is a group of Oracle experts from the industry that help on the Oracle Technical Network by answering questions and generally being good people to know and ask questions to. Most of the questions revolved around the SUN-Oracle relationship, APEX and other new release items generating interest as well.

My first presentation "Going Solid: Determining What in Oracle to Put on Tier Zero" came off without a hitch with lots of interest and great questions. We've seen lots of activity at the booth with many people very curious about the benefits of SSD technology in their environment.

Well, it is off to lunch, I will try to post more later in the day after I see a few presentations.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Well, I arrived here in Denver last night after nearly a 2 hour delay getting out of Atlanta, some due to weather but most due to someone dropping a trashbag (I don't know if it was full) into a running jet engine, anyway, we had to wait while the engine was inspected.

I will be giving two presentations at RMOUG:
Going Solid: Use of Tier Zero Storage in Oracle Databases
Session 1, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Room: 201
The Ultimate Oracle Architecture - OPERA
Session 9, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Room: 210/212

I hope if you are there you will stop in for one of these since I will be talking on new architectures that will affect everyone in the near future!
When I am not giving presentations I will be hanging out with our good friends at the Dynamic Solutions booth (DSI) so come by and say hi! I might even email you a PDF copy of our new book:
Oracle Performance Tuning with Solid State Disk

If you ask real nice!

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at RMOUG and at these future events:

SEOUC - Charlotte, North Carolina 24-25 Feb
TMS Road Show - San Jose, California 2 March Register Here
TMS Road Show - Chicago, Illinois 8 March Register Here
IOUG Collaborate - Las Vegas, Nevada 18-22 April
ODTUG - Washington, DC 28 June-1 July

I will blog each day at these events, time allowing to let those of you who can't attend what is happening and what you are missing!

See you!

Mike Ault
Oracle Guru
Texas Memory Systems, Inc.