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( For latest information on Oracle 12c database update please refer to the following article: Oracle 12c Database and How It Relates to SAP Hana ) RDBMSs are stable and mature products. While there is nothing radically new on horizon that would challenge Codd's relational theory and related advances in data processing there are some developments that force established vendors like Oracle to come up with new features and products. Column Stores and Oracle Column store concept has been around for quite a while. Vendors like HP Vertica grabbed some market share in data warehousing segment with their column store,  MPP databases. Oracle Exadata is offering Hybrid Columnar Compression -  solution that modifies Oracle standard row based storage (NSM, or row-major) into proprietary format that is probably closer to PAX (as opposed to DSM) classification. Rows of data are reo... (more)

Oracle Database Backups to the Amazon Cloud

The traditional way of performing backups includes using Oracle RMAN in combination with media management layer software ( typically Netbackup, Tivoli or similar ), which writes backup data to remote robotic tape unit. Tapes are then stored offsite to a secure location. It is well known fact that tape media poses certain challenges in reliability and physical manipulation areas. Cloud-based backups' main attraction is that they are inherently disk based, always accessible, offsite and there are no capex expenditures. All tape related costs are thus eliminated. On the other hand ... (more)

Oracle RMAN, BMC Patrol Catalogs Hosted in Amazon Cloud

Oracle RMAN  (Recovery Manager) catalog database contains backup metadata for all enterprise wide Oracle databases. Each database backed up through RMAN needs connection to a central backup repository database. RMAN catalog  is purged and maintained by removing obsolete backup records, crosschecking with existing media etc. If central repository grows too big then backup performance will suffer since it will take too long for RMAN to locate metadata. Amazon Web Services gives us the ability to quickly and easily create either brand new RMAN catalog database or move an existing c... (more)

How to Move Your Oracle Databases to Amazon EC2 Cloud

Amazon Web Services EC2 Cloud is full scale public data center offering services that are in many aspects far ahead of ancient practices present in regular IT environments. Fast provisioning and virtually unlimited scale make old fashioned server procurement and installations look like what they are - past century's practices. This article will not deal with usual objections to cloud computing revolving around change management difficulties ( how to incorporate new environment into the existing IT infrastructure ), security, reliability, performance etc. since we think that all t... (more)

Oracle Database and Big Data: A Powerful Combination

Ever wondered how it is possible that Google searches through so much data with such speed and precision ? Part of the answer is MapReduce, Google technology for processing and generating large data sets. Apache Hadoop is open source software that can process petabytes of data in parallel on hundreds and thousands of commodity hardware nodes. It was inspired by Google MapReduce. Oracle corporation is acknowledging the power of Oracle/Hadoop combination by announcing Big Data Appliance - essentially Hadoop/Oracle database software/Oracle hardware bundle, to be available next yea... (more)