Oracle Big Data Appliance First Boot Reply

This is a quick video of our Big Data Appliance first boot yesterday in our server room (with Kerry and Andy), now she’s beside our two Exadata quarter racks all we have to do now is connect both of them through the infiniband spine switch located at the bottom of each of the rack. At the latter part of the video you’ll hear me counting as I power on the top half of the rack, I’ve seen enough blinking green lights yesterday and that’s what I call “server porn”.. thinking about how can I push the limits of those servers and all the fancy monitoring and workload characterization I can do with it.. but of course this is everybody’s R&D machine at Enkitec ;) Andy and I had a quick look on the server, it comes bundled with a particular image version and running on UEK kernel (OEL 5.6).. the machines are not yet configured, and it has a similar Exadata onecommand utility to configure the entire stack which the doc names it as the “Mammoth Utility” which will install and configure the Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop plus the other Big Data stuff (connectors, NoSQL database, etc.)


VirtaThon – Mining the AWR 5

Earlier I did a presentation at VirtaThon which is the same topic that I presented at Hotsos 2011.. Mining the AWR and Capacity Planning are very dear to my heart and up until now I’m using every research I did on that presentation to work on an “Exadata Provisioning Tool” which I’m planning to present at the next Hotsos 2012… well, the only thing that’s different this time is.. my attendees are virtual geeks all over the world ;)


Migrating your VMs from VMware to VirtualBox (on a Netbook) 16

I recently bought a Toshiba nb305-n600 10.1″ netbook with Windows 7 Starter (32bit) on Atom n550, 250GB 5400 rpm disk, & 2GB of physical memory. 

Well this netbook has thrice the battery life (or more) and half the weight of my old laptop ;) so I must say it’s really good for everyday use!

But as a DBA, I would be happier if I can run my VMware VMs on this lightweight lappie!