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Franck Pachot

Which Bitnami service to choose in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?

By | Oracle, Postgres | No Comments

In the Oracle Cloud PaaS you have a marketplace where you can choose your service. Some are packaged from Bitnami and available on multiple OS. My first idea is that in PaaS you do not care about the OS. But Oracle Cloud has this very nice feature where you still have full access to the OS, as root, even in PaaS. Then, you choose the Linux distribution of your preference. Except if performance is different….

 
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Postgres, the fsync() issue, and ‘pgio’ (the SLOB method for PostgreSQL)

By | Postgres | 2 Comments

That’s a long blog post title, which is actually just a good pretext to play with Kevin Closson SLOB method for PostgreSQL: pgio I use the beta version of pgio here. If you want to read more about it, you can start on https://kevinclosson.net/2018/05/22/sneak-preview-of-pgio-the-slob-method-for-postgressql-part-i-the-beta-pgio-readme-file/. If you are used to the SLOB for Oracle (https://kevinclosson.net/slob/) you will quickly understand the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of pgio.  

 
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Spectre/Meltdown on Oracle Public Cloud UEK – PIO

By | Oracle | 2 Comments

The Spectre and Meltdown is now in the latest Oracle UEK kernel, after updating it with ‘yum update': [opc@PTI ~]$ rpm -q –changelog kernel-uek | awk ‘/CVE-2017-5715|CVE-2017-5753|CVE-2017-5754/{print $NF}’ | sort | uniq -c 43 {CVE-2017-5715} 16 {CVE-2017-5753} 71 {CVE-2017-5754} As I did on the previous post on AWS, I’ve run quick tests on the Oracle Public Cloud.  

 
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Franck Pachot

Google Cloud Platform instances and Oracle Database

By | Cloud, Database Administration & Monitoring | One Comment

When it comes to choose a cloud instance to run Oracle Database, you want to be able to run your workload on the minimum CPU cores. This is why in a previous post I measured how many logical reads per seconds can be achieved with a SLOB workload, on AWS which is often the first considered, and will probably do it on Azure in the future. I did the same on the Oracle Cloud which…

 
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Running SLOB on Exadata Express Cloud Service

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | One Comment

The Exadata Express Cloud Service is a managed PDBaaS: Oracle is the system admin and the CDB database administrator, you are the PDB administrator. You connect with a local user, PDB_ADMIN, which is no SYSDBA privilege but has a PDB_DBA which has nearly all DBA rights, but with some features disabled by lockdown profile. I have no worry about the performance on this service: it is an Exadata X5 half rack bare metal (my guess),…

 
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Franck Pachot

Exadata X-5 Bare Metal vs. OVM performance

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

The Exadata X5 can be installed Bare Metal or Virtualized. The latter one, Oracle VM allows to create multiple clusters on one machine, is more complex for installation and for storage capacity planning. But it allows a small flexibility on options licencing. Those are the real challenges behind the choice. However, when we talk about virtualization, most of questions are about the overhead. Last week, we did some tests on same machine with different configuration,…

 
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Franck Pachot

Extended clusters and asm_preferred_read_failure_groups

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | One Comment

When you have 2 sites that are not too far you can build an extended cluster. You have one node on each site. And you can also use ASM normal redundancy to store data on each site (each diskgroup has a failure group for each site). Writes are multiplexed, so the latency between the two sites increases the write time. By default, reads can be done from one or the other site. But we can,…

 
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Testing Oracle on exoscale.ch

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | One Comment

My last post came from a discussion at SITB with exoscale. They are doing Cloud hosting with datacenters in Switzerland. In Switzerland a lot of companies cannot host their data outside of the country, which is a no-go for the big Cloud providers. After the discussion they gave me a coupon for a trial IaaS instance. And if you follow my blog you should know that when I have a trial access, there are good…

 
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