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Franck Pachot

Oracle Standard Edition on AWS ☁ socket arithmetic

By | AWS, Cloud, Oracle | No Comments

By Franck Pachot . Note that I’ve written previously about Oracle Standard Edition 2 licensing before but a few rules change. This is written in May 2020. TL;DR: 4 vCPU count for 1 socket and 2 sockets count for 1 server wherever hyper-threading is enabled or not. The SE2 rules I think the Standard Edition rules are quite clear now: maximum server capacity, cluster limit, minimum NUP, and processor metric. Oracle has them in the…

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Franck Pachot

The myth of NoSQL (vs. RDBMS) agility: adding attributes

By | AWS, Database Administration & Monitoring, NoSQL, Oracle, Postgres, SQL Server | 2 Comments

By Franck Pachot . There are good reasons for NoSQL and semi-structured databases. And there are also many mistakes and myths. If people move from RDBMS to NoSQL because of wrong reasons, they will have a bad experience and this finally deserves NoSQL reputation. Those myths were settled by some database newbies who didn’t learn SQL and relational databases. And, rather than learning the basics of data modeling, and capabilities of SQL for data sets…

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Franck Pachot

AWS Aurora vs. RDS PostgreSQL on frequent commits

By | AWS, Postgres | No Comments

This post is the second part of https://blog.dbi-services.com/aws-aurora-xactsync-batch-commit/ where I’ve run row-by-row inserts on AWS Aurora with different size of intermediate commit. Without surprise the commit-each-row anti-pattern has a negative effect on performance. And I mentioned that this is even worse in Aurora where the session process sends directly the WAL to the network storage and waits, at commit, that it is acknowledged by at least 4 out of the 6 replicas. An Aurora specific…

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Franck Pachot

AWS Aurora IO:XactSync is not a PostgreSQL wait event

By | AWS, Postgres | No Comments

By Franck Pachot . In AWS RDS you can run two flavors of the PostgreSQL managed service: the real PostgreSQL engine, compiled from the community sources, and running on EBS storage mounted by the database EC2 instance, and the Aurora which is proprietary and AWS Cloud only, where the upper layer has been taken from the community PostgreSQL. The storage layer in Aurora is completely different. In PostgreSQL, as in most RDBMS except for exclusive…

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Franck Pachot

AWS Certified Database Specialty (DBS-C01)

By | AWS, Cloud | One Comment

Here is my feedback after preparing and passing the AWS Database Specialty certification. There are tips about the exam but also some thoughts that came to my mind during the preparation when I had to mind-shift from a multi-purpose database system to purpose-built database services. Exam Availability This exam was in beta between last December/January and then was planned for production starting April 6, 2020. I initially planned to take the exam this first day…

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Daniel Westermann

AWS RDS for PostgreSQL – 4 – Changing parameters

By | AWS, Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

If you followed that last posts about DB Parameter Groups, Subnet Groups and Setting up the RDS instance you should have a running RDS instance. You should also be aware that changing parameters can not be done like you usually do it but you need to do that by changing the DB parameter groups. In this post we’ll look at how you can do that and, especially, what you should avoid.

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Daniel Westermann

AWS RDS for PostgreSQL – 3 – Creating the RDS PostgreSQL instance

By | AWS, Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

In the last tow posts we had a look at DB Parameter Groups and Subnet Groups as these need to be ready when you want to deploy a RDS PostgreSQL instance on AWS. In this post we’ll use these two building blocks to bring up a high available PostgreSQL instance using a master instance in one, and a replica in another availability zone. This is usually what you want when you want a production deployment…

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Daniel Westermann

AWS RDS for PostgreSQL – 2 – Subnet groups

By | AWS, Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

In the last post we had a look at DB Parameter Groups when it comes to AWS RDS for PostgreSQL. This is one of the first things you should think about. But even before you think about PostgreSQL parameters you need to configure the networks your database instances shall be running in. In real life this is done by one of your network administrators and you will not have much to configure in this area….

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Daniel Westermann

AWS RDS for PostgreSQL – 1 – DB Parameter Groups

By | AWS, Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

When your go for AWS RDS you can very quickly bring up a database instance and start using it. I’ve written about my thoughts using this approach here and really encourage you to learn about a specific service in more detail before you start using it. If you want to have a managed service for PostgreSQL in AWS, you can go for AWS RDS for PostgreSQL and this service will be the topic for this…

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Daniel Westermann

Some thoughts about working with/on AWS

By | AWS, Database Administration & Monitoring | One Comment

In the last year working with/on AWS has become an almost daily task in my life as a consultant and trainer. From a trainer perspective there is not much to say about it because we use a very limited amount of services (EC2, mostly) and we have a limited amount of trainers that use the platform to deliver our trainings. When the amount of services you use is small and the amount of people managing…

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