Virtualization on Exadata?

A while back, I noticed this session in the Open World 2013 content catalog.  I didn’t think much of it at the time, other than that it had a catchy title.  The other day, I downloaded the latest Exadata deployment utility via the OneCommand tool.  I noticed something a little strange when I was going… Read More »

Reminder – “Getting Ready for Exadata” Seminar in London

Just a quick reminder – I’ll be presenting my “Getting Ready for Exadata” seminar in London on July 1. We’ll cover various topics on what you need to know before you purchase an Exadata and how to manage one of these systems on a daily basis. We’ll have lots of time for Q&A, and most… Read More » on Exadata Compute Nodes

Rene Kundersma at Oracle just published a nifty new utility named that will assist with the sometimes-cumbersome process of updating the compute nodes in an Exadata environment.  Starting last year with, Oracle introduced yum updates for the Exadata compute nodes.  Previously, each Exadata storage server patch came with a “minimal” or “convenience” pack… Read More »

Adding Windows DNS Records Via Command-Line

This is something that is almost completely off-topic, but something I’ve found myself doing quite a bit at Enkitec.  You see, we keep adding new hardware (Big Data Appliance in August, new Exadata X3-2 earlier this year), and that means that we need to add a bunch of DNS entries at once.  Even an eighth… Read More »

Exadata NFS Issues – Ksplice Support for Exadata?

When the release of the Exadata Storage Server software was released, I was a little excited.  There were numerous oneoff patches for the previous release,, which was the first version to support the Exadata X3, writeback flashcache, run UEK on the X#-2 systems, etc.  With that many large changes introduced in one version,… Read More »

2013 Presentation Schedule

Well, it’s been a really busy past few months, and I hate to admit it, but I’ve been neglecting this space more than anything. Despite having many different posts in the works, nothing is quite finished yet. I do have a little time to mention a few of my upcoming speaking events, though. First, I’ll… Read More »

Oracle Announces Exadata X3-2 and X3-8

Well, it’s finally public, so we’re able to openly talk about the new Exadata X3 systems.  Looking back on my pre-openworld predictions, I was pretty close on a few things.  I was correct on the database servers, which will have Xeon E5-2690 CPUs (8 core, 2.9GHz) with 128GB RAM upgradeable to 256GB.  It looks like… Read More »

Exadata X3-2 1/8th Rack

There have been a couple of posts we’ve seen lately about expectations of an Exadata X3-2 and X3-8 release at Oracle Open World 2012.  I mentioned in my previous post about the possible release of an X3-2 1/8th rack configuration.  I had guessed that this would be similar to the old V2 basic system that… Read More »

Pre OpenWorld Predictions (Exadata X3-2?)

With only a month away from Larry Ellison’s keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, I thought that I would make a couple of wild guesses about new products that may or may not get announced this year.  I’ll lump them into a few educated guesses and wild conjecture.  Insert standard blogging disclaimer (please read this part, Oracle… Read More »

Where in the World is Andy Colvin?

I’ve got a handful of presentations coming up in the latter part of the year, so I thought I’d add a quick post with where all I’m going to be.  Seems like I’m all over the map and I couldn’t stop thinking of a game that I played way back when I was in elementary… Read More »