Should a standby database be considered in the cloud?

Should a standby database be considered in the cloud?

To answer this question for your company, the criticalness of your application and database must be clear. In a High Availability Environment, a standby-database can be part of the technical solution to ensure minimum downtime for your database.

But when moving to a public or private cloud (IaaS, PaaS), the providers ensure a certain high availability, so why should a standby database be considered as a viable configuration when high availability is needed?

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No more RAC in SE2 19c

No more RAC in SE2 19c

A short post after a tweet of Johannes Ahrends (@carajandb on twitter). He brought to our attention that he was worried: SE2 doesn’t include RAC anymore in 19c. Is it a documentation bug? Unfortunately not… his worries appeared to be ligitimate.  He made a blogpost about it – in the German language. Tried to summarize some in this blogpost.

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What kind of Oracle Linux support on Oracle hardware is included

What kind of Oracle Linux support on Oracle hardware is included

When you buy an Oracle Database Appliance – any type – or just a X-server (e.g. X7-2), you get free support for OracleVM, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux. But Oracle Linux has different flavours , like basic, premier and premier limited. What kind of support do you get when buying hardware from Oracle? Can Ksplice be used? Found out it’s documented, but not in the way I lwould ike it to see.

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Upgrade OEM 12.1.0.5 OMS to OEM13.2

Upgrade OEM 12.1.0.5 OMS to OEM13.2

Despite the potential of Oracle Management Cloud, I’m a fan of Oracle Enterprise Manager, with its small imperfections. So when noticing a 12c Oracle Enterprise Manager on Linux, and targets on Windows, I took the challenge of modernizing the customer’s environment a bit. And the starting point , 12.1.0.5 for OMS and 12.1.0.2 database as repository wasn’t that bad at all. This post is purely about upgrading the OMS. Upgrading agents is a different story with Windows as target.

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Consequences of stopping Oracle support

Consequences of stopping Oracle support

When buying licenses for Oracle, the first year support is mostly part of the deal. After that, a Customer may decide to stop paying for the yearly technical support of the Oracle licenses. The consequences of that decision is not always clear to customers. Most OLSA’s will contain the sentence   “If you decide not to purchase technical support, you may not update any unsupported program licenses with new versions of the program.”

This is correct, but there is more to think of.  This post will cover the elements that should be considered when deciding on stopping the support.

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