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Troubleshooting performance on Autonomous Database

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By Franck Pachot . On my Oracle Cloud Free Tier Autonomous Transaction Processing service, a database that can be used for free with no time limit, I have seen this strange activity. As I’m running nothing scheduled, I was surprised by this pattern and looked at it by curiosity. And I got the idea to take some screenshot to show you how I look at those things. The easiest performance tool available in the Autonomous…

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The myth of NoSQL (vs. RDBMS) “a simpler API to bound resources”

By | NoSQL, Oracle | No Comments

By Franck Pachot . NoSQL provides an API that is much simpler than SQL. And one advantage of it is that users cannot exceed a defined amount of resources in one call. You can read this in Alex DeBrie article https://www.alexdebrie.com/posts/dynamodb-no-bad-queries/#relational-queries-are-unbounded which I take as a base for some of my “Myth of NoSQL vs RDBMS” posts because he explains very well how SQL and NoSQL are perceived by the users. But this idea of…

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A Serverless Standby Database called Oracle Autonomous Data Guard

By | Cloud, Database Administration & Monitoring, Oracle | No Comments

By Franck Pachot . Announced by Larry Ellison last week, here it is: the Autonomous Data Guard. You can try it, unfortunately not on the Free Tier. First you create an Autonomous Database (ATP or ADW) and then you enable Autonomous Data Guard. You know that “Autonomous” is the marketing brand for the services that automate a lot of things, sometimes based on features that are in Oracle Database for a long time. So let’s…

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Oracle Autonomous Linux: cron’d ksplice and yum updates

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By Franck Pachot . Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) is a Linux distribution which is binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). However, unlike RHEL, OEL is open source, free to download, free to use, free to distribute, free to update and gets free bug fixes. And there are more frequent updates in OEL than in CentOS, the free base of RHEL. You can pay a subscription for additional support and features (like Ksplice or…

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ATP vs ADW – the Autonomous Database lockdown profiles

By | Cloud, Oracle | No Comments

By Franck Pachot . The Oracle database has always distinguished two types of workloads: transactional (OLTP) and datawarehouse (VLDB, DWH, DSS, BI, analytics). There is the same idea in the managed Oracle Cloud with two autonomous database services. To show how this is old, here is how they were defined in the Oracle7 Tuning Book: The definition has not changed a lot. But the technology behind DSS/DWH has improved. Now, with In-Memory Column Store, Smart…

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ADWC – System and session settings (DWCS lockdown profile)

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By Franck Pachot . The Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud service is a PaaS managed service where we have a PDB and an ADMIN user which has most of the system privileges. For example, we have the privilege to change initialization parameters: SQL> select * from dba_sys_privs where grantee=user and privilege like ‘ALTER S%’;   GRANTEE PRIVILEGE ADMIN_OPTION COMMON INHERITED ——- ——— ———— —— ——— ADMIN ALTER SESSION YES NO NO ADMIN ALTER SYSTEM YES NO…

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ADWC – the hidden gem: Zepplin Notebook

By | Oracle | 3 Comments

By Franck Pachot . In the previous blog posts I explained how to create, and stop/start the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud service. And I didn’t show yet how to connect to it. It is easy, from sqlplus or SQL Developer, or SQLcl. But there’s something more exciting to run some SQL queries: the Oracle Machine Learning Notebooks based on Apache Zepplin. At first, I didn’t realize why the administration menu entry to create users in…

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ADWC – a Docker container to start/stop Oracle Cloud services

By | Cloud, Oracle | One Comment

By Franck Pachot . In the previous post, I’ve explained how to start and stop the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud service from PSM (PaaS Service Manager). There’s a setup phase, and a run phase starting with service-start and ending with service-stop. And the setup is specific to an Oracle Cloud account, storing information in the local user home. You may want to run different setups, and even provide an easy way to start/stop an Oracle…

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ADWC: start/stop with PSM Command Line Interface

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By Franck Pachot . In the previous post, I explained how to create an Autonomous Data Warehouse with PSM (PaaS Service Manager Command Line Interface). The most common operation you want to do with it is starting and stopping the service. This is the best way to save credits for hourly billed services. And PSM is the easiest: run from everywhere (it is Python 3) and no need to provide credentials each time. In the…

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