Big Bash 2014

  • 05 Nov 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Ameristar Conference Center - 1 Ameristar Blvd, St Charles, MO 63301


Registration is closed

This year's event will feature Dan Norris.  We will also have  Roy Swonger from Oracle and local DBA Leighton Nelson.


8:30 - 9:00       Registration
9:00 - 9:15       Welcome and Introductions
9:15 - 10:30    
 Oracle Exadata Database Machine Security Best Practices – Dan Norris
10:30 – 10:45  Break
10:45 - 12:00  
Hitchhiker's Guide to Oracle Database Upgrades – 
Roy Swonger

12:00 - 1:00     Lunch
1:00 - 2:15      
MAA Overview & Reference Architectures – Dan Norris
2:15 - 2:30       Break
2:30 - 3:30       
A second look at Oracle RAC 12c  - Leighton Nelson
3:30 - 3:45       Wrap-up and Raffles


Oracle Exadata Database Machine Security Best Practices – Dan Norris

Security configuration and features are available at many levels in Oracle Exadata Database Machine. This session will focus on the storage and OS layers with an overview of the database-layer security options and best practices. We’ll outline necessary requirements for system maintenance so the system will remain stable while offering suggestions on how security can be strengthened at the same time. While some basic Exadata knowledge is expected, no specific security knowledge is assumed.  The session will be organized by the phases of deployment with an emphasis on the operational and ongoing security considerations.

MAA Overview & Reference Architectures – Dan Norris
Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) is an outline of how Oracle products and product features can be used together to ensure that any availability requirements may be met. This session reviews the technical foundations for MAA, the features and products that are used as building blocks for MAA reference architectures, and provides some sample architectures that are similar to many customer requirements we've seen. We will describe each of the references architectures and compare their strengths and differences.

Hitchhiker's Guide to Oracle Database Upgrades – Roy Swonger

What does it cost you to NOT UPGRADE?

How to approach an Upgrade and/or Migration project? No matter if you have 10 or 10000 database, upgrade isn't purely fun. There's a lot of planning and testing work involved. And there's still some chance to have a few things not working the expected way after the upgrade.

This presentation will show a general approach to such projects with several customer examples to learn about their experiences. It will feature also a large customer case with hundreds of databases.

A Second Look at Oracle RAC 12c

Oracle RAC 12c has been touted as the best release so far and with reason. There have been significant enhancements to scalability and high availability with features such as Flex Clusters, Flex ASM, Application Continuity and Transaction Guard to name a few. While these cool features grab the headlines, there are others that are not highlighted but can make significant impact on DBA productivity.
In this session we will take a second look at some of these features, including operational support enhancements to srvctl, crsctl commands, ADR support for Grid Infrastructure and tools such orachk and tfa. We will also explore some of the new functionality introduced in

Dan Norris's bio

Dan is part of the Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) Team in Oracle Software Development. His team primarily works on the Engineered Systems platforms including Exadata, Exalogic, Exalytics, SuperCluster, and BDA. Prior to joining Oracle, Dan worked as a consultant on database and cluster issues starting with Oracle 7. When not working on the Next Big Thing in Engineered Systems, Dan enjoys traveling to warm places with beaches and scuba diving with animals of all sizes, especially the big animals!

Thank you to our sponsors!




Address: P.O. Box 410406, St. Louis, MO  63141


Powered by Wild Apricot. Try our all-in-one platform for easy membership management