OUGN 2013 - Conference Experience
21 Apr 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events) | Comments (0)
|I've not been to Norway since I was a child so it was a new experience for me to visit Oslo for the Oracle User Group Norway (OUGN) Spring Seminar earlier in the week.|
I was invited to OUGN a couple of years ago by Norwegian fellow Oracle middleware specialist, Jon Petter Hjulstad from e-vita. Timing didn't work out for me last year but I made a point of blocking out the week this year. If I'm honest I didn't know that much about it but fancied a change of scenery and had never been on a cruise before (it's known fondly as "the booze cruise" because onboard alcohol is duty-free not, as I'd thought, because it was populated by battle-hardened DBAs!).[Read More]
Oracle Database Appliance X3-2: Official Launch
03 Apr 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Hardware) | Comments (0)
Today was the official launch of the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) X3-2 in a webcast delivered by Oracle President Mark Hurd and Database Senior VP Andy Mendelsohn, and they were joined with a panel of 3 customers. You can replay the webcast here.
This announcement has brought together a set of recent improvements to ODA:
I have covered all of the above, except the new OTD licence entitlement, in previous posts. Instead let's think about where ODA, and specifically the WLS+Database combination on ODA, might be most useful to customers, by looking at its key benefits.[Read More]
Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 - Initial Impressions
05 Mar 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Hardware) | Comments (6)
Today Oracle has released an updated version of the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA), consistently named X3-2 like the other Exa systems. Regular readers will know that I have relatively recently developed an interest in the ODA since Oracle started discussing running components of the Fusion Middleware stack on it.
Here are my initial impressions of the new hardware, based on the publically
available technical specifications (e.g. data sheet) and in comparison to the previous version.
Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community (SOA and WebLogic) Forum in Faro
27 Feb 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events)
Last week I attended Oracle's Fusion Middleware Partner Community event in Vilamoura (near Faro, Portugal). This is maybe my fifth or sixth forum in succession now so I thought I'd outline the latest one to show why I find them so useful.
Oracle Middleware Partner Community Awards 2012
25 Feb 2013 by Simon Haslam (in General)
|Last week I attended the Oracle Partner Community Forum (SOA and
WebLogic) in Portugal. Whilst I picked up lots of new nuggets of
information from my peers and Oracle
product management, one thing that caught me completely by surprise was
being given an Oracle WebLogic Partner Community Award for "Outstanding
WebLogic 12c Contribution 2012."|
I was quite touched by this - compared to the heady days when I used to work at a big SI (Logica) as small niche player recognition and thanks are relatively hard to come by! There are also a lot of very dedicated professionals out there and I'm only a tiny part of the whole Fusion Middleware community. I am honoured though and (in topical Oscars style..!) am very grateful to everyone who's helped me out on UKOUG SIGs and conference over the last year, in particular the Middleware Sunday 'crew': Jacco Landlust of course, Frank Munz, René van Wijk, plus those who I often call upon to bounce ideas around with, like Ronald van Luttikhuizen, Andreas Chatziantoniou, Markus Eisele, Chris Muir, Steve Millidge and others whom I've almost certainly missed. Finally, Middleware Sunday wouldn't have been possible without Oracle's support, so a big thanks back to Jürgen Kress for that!
I was also very pleased to see...