What a week and what a show! This week San Francisco hosted two amazing Oracle centric events – the America’s Cup regatta and Oracle Open World. As you probably heard, Oracle Team USA completed an epic comeback after being down 8 – 1 to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand on Wednesday. This thrilling victory added to the buzz in the city that was already going full tilt up at the Moscone Center for Oracle Open World.
If you ask me (okay, I’m a bit biased), the source of a lot of that buzz was the EMC booth where thousands of customers stopped by throughout the week to discuss EMC solutions for Oracle.
One of the hottest topics of the week was data protection – unfortunately it’s clear that DBAs around the world continue to struggle with backup and recovery. With so many DBAs backing up directly to primary storage, there are a lot of efficiencies that can be gained by using Data Domain and DD Boost for RMAN.
We met many wonderful DBAs during the week and had a lot of great conversations about how they can improve Oracle backup while maintaining control.
Of course the booth was just one of the many places EMC data protection was the topic of conversation. On Monday, Jeff St. Cyr and I had a packed house where over 200 folks came to learn how they could “Make Oracle Backups 50% Faster with Deduplication and Oracle RMAN”. In this session, we discussed the various options for backing up your Oracle databases and some of the best practices for each approach.
The fun continued on Tuesday, when we kicked off the day with the EMC keynote starring Joe Tucci and Jeremy Burton. One of the highlights of the keynote was Jeremy’s focus on how EMC is focused on making lives easier for DBAs. This included a demo of DD Boost for Oracle RMAN – showing how DBAs can get faster, more efficient backup and maintain complete control by managing backups within Oracle Enterprise Manager.
A couple hours later, theCUBE featured a Data Protection Spotlight, with guest appearances by Guy Churchward, Stephen Manley, Darryl Smith (from EMC IT) and yours truly. You can check out the videos here – some great conversations on the state of data protection today and how it’s impacting database backup and recovery:
- Data Protection Spotlight, John Furrier and Dave Vellante
- Stephen Manley and Guy Churchward, with Dave Vellante
- Darryl Smith, with John Furrier Dave Vellante
- Caitlin Gordon, with John Furrier and Dave Vellante
In addition, on Monday and Wednesday, Cisco welcomed me to their booth to discuss ‘Backup and Recovery of VCE Vblock Systems for Oracle Applications’. This was a great opportunity to touch on how Vblock enables the fastest path to the cloud and the different options to protect all applications in a converged infrastructure.
The week wrapped up with a bang on Wednesday night with an energizing performance by Maroon 5 and the Black Keys. It was a great way to wrap up a fun and engaging week.
See you all next year!