Good News for Oracle RDS Users

An Oracle database is not for everyone. The preferred course to database selection would be a requirements analysis and formal responses to a request for proposal (RFP). Chances are when this is done that either Oracle Enterprise Edition will be selected, or some other database product completely. Enterprise Edition is Oracle’s only product that (normally)…

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Oracle Extra Cost Database Options

Oracle frequently changes product names and feature sets. There are currently fourteen extra cost options and eight or nine management packs which are also extra cost. These options and management packs are only available with Enterprise Edition. Database Options Active Data Guard Advanced Compression Advanced Security Advanced Analytics (12c only) Data Mining (11g only) Database…

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X11 and xclock error message

This one will either be simple enough to resolve or become one of those glitches one learns to accept. “xclock” doesn’t hold a big place in my life. I have learned to love a good GUI; at least on my Oracle database. The management console, no matter what name Oracle gives it, for a while….

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X11 Forwarding – an Oracle must have

There was a day when Oracle was small enough that a DBA could install it from the command line. There were only a few pieces and the flow and dependencies could be established. After all, the first PC version, version four, came on six 5 1/4″, 360 KB floppies. Six disks… and the sixth contained…

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Let’s Catch Up, Okay?

I have not posted here in a while; it was my original expectation to post here more often during a learning period as I explore exactly what AWS is offering, how it is used, and how it is kept safe. The distinction between private vs. public is still customarily considered to be physical hardware in…

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Oracle, Amazon has the right model

I want to go on record with my preliminary investigation of Oracle licenses obtained through traditional sources and those provided by Amazon. There are two different philosophies at work here. Oracle and Amazon are at odds. Amazon will win. Either Oracle prices will be allowed to get cheaper, or people will move off to other…

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“When the moon is in the seventh house

And Jupiter aligns with Mars, Then peace will guide the planets, And love will steer the stars. This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the age of Aquarius, Aquarius, Aquarius”. This is the dawning of the age, the Age of Aquarius Amazon. Amazon Web Services is, or has the ability to become, everything at one’s fingertips. Before…

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Oracle Enterprise Manager

A DBA friend of mine recently wrote me asking for help with the Unix “display” variable setting. We emailed back and forth for several days before he figured out that he had the wrong installation packages for his OS. After about two weeks of back and forth, with the right packages, I had identified the…

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Oracle Installation Packages

Oracle Technical Network (OTN) hosts Oracle software installation packages for developer / development use. These are the base level files, compressed and distributed in a ZIP format. Checksums are also provided for you to confirm your download’s accuracy. Updates or patches are not available on OTN. They must be downloaded from Oracle support (MyOracleSupport, MOS)…

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Oracle Discounts

Oracle is a very expensive product. Over 230 thousand dollars to get started with Enterprise Edition (EE). While I cannot confirm it today, the Oracle Store usually offers a discount of 10%. I no longer buy from there, so if someone can confirm, please do. Value Added Resellers (VARs) offer discounts based on their total…

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