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Oracle OpenWorld 2014 – Datatype context…?!

Marco Gralike - 2 hours 44 min ago
The native JSON database functionality presentations are done. If you want to experience first hand what you can do with those new operators during Oracle...

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Coding in PL/SQL in C style, UKOUG, OUG Ireland and more

Pete Finnigan - 6 hours 20 min ago

My favourite language is hard to pin point; is it C or is it PL/SQL? My first language was C and I love the elegance and expression of C. Our product PFCLScan has its main functionallity written in C. The....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 23/07/14 At 08:44 PM

Categories: Security Blogs

Integrating PFCLScan and Creating SQL Reports

Pete Finnigan - 6 hours 20 min ago

We were asked by a customer whether PFCLScan can generate SQL reports instead of the normal HTML, PDF, MS Word reports so that they could potentially scan all of the databases in their estate and then insert either high level....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 25/06/14 At 09:41 AM

Categories: Security Blogs

Automatically Add License Protection and Obfuscation to PL/SQL

Pete Finnigan - 6 hours 20 min ago

Yesterday we released the new version 2.0 of our product PFCLObfuscate . This is a tool that allows you to automatically protect the intellectual property in your PL/SQL code (your design secrets) using obfuscation and now in version 2.0 we....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 17/04/14 At 03:56 PM

Categories: Security Blogs

Twitter Oracle Security Open Chat Thursday 6th March

Pete Finnigan - 6 hours 20 min ago

I will be co-chairing/hosting a twitter chat on Thursday 6th March at 7pm UK time with Confio. The details are here . The chat is done over twitter so it is a little like the Oracle security round table sessions....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 05/03/14 At 10:17 AM

Categories: Security Blogs

PFCLScan Reseller Program

Pete Finnigan - 6 hours 20 min ago

We are going to start a reseller program for PFCLScan and we have started the plannng and recruitment process for this program. I have just posted a short blog on the PFCLScan website titled " PFCLScan Reseller Program ". If....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 29/10/13 At 01:05 PM

Categories: Security Blogs

PFCLScan Version 1.3 Released

Pete Finnigan - 6 hours 20 min ago

We released version 1.3 of PFCLScan our enterprise database security scanner for Oracle a week ago. I have just posted a blog entry on the PFCLScan product site blog that describes some of the highlights of the over 220 new....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 18/10/13 At 02:36 PM

Categories: Security Blogs

PFCLScan Updated and Powerful features

Pete Finnigan - 6 hours 20 min ago

We have just updated PFCLScan our companies database security scanner for Oracle databases to version 1.2 and added some new features and some new contents and more. We are working to release another service update also in the next couple....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 04/09/13 At 02:45 PM

Categories: Security Blogs

Oracle Security Training, 12c, PFCLScan, Magazines, UKOUG, Oracle Security Books and Much More

Pete Finnigan - 6 hours 20 min ago

It has been a few weeks since my last blog post but don't worry I am still interested to blog about Oracle 12c database security and indeed have nearly 700 pages of notes in MS Word related to 12c security....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 28/08/13 At 05:04 PM

Categories: Security Blogs

Day 2 at Oracle Open World - Best pratices

Yann Neuhaus - Tue, 2014-09-30 15:03

Today, in this post I will describe some best practices I learned in several sessions. It's always good to see what is adviced by other people that are confronting to other or same challenges.

Managing Oracle WebLogic Server with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

One session was related to the best pratices for managing WebLogic with Cloud Crontrol 12c.

- Use the administration functions:
Now you can, with Cloud Control 12c, do the WebLogic administration using its console. Starting and stopping the managed servers and applications were already possible but now you can do more like configuring the resources, deploying applications and so on.
As you are using the Cloud Control console you can sign in to several targets WLS servers. This means you have to enter each time the required password. By providing the credentials and saving them as the preferred ones (in Preferred Credentials) you avoid to enter the password each time.

- Automate Tasks accross domains with predefined jobs.
Predefined jobs can be used to start automatically WLST scripts and this against one or more domains. Like with the WLS console you can register your actions into a .py script, update it for your new targets, create the job and set the schedule. This can obviously be a script for configuration but also for monitoring or creating statistics.  

- Automatic response to issue via corrective action
By including corrective actions in templates you can apply them to managed servers. If the corrective action fails, by using rules you can send email in a second step to inform that there is an issue which need to be solved.

- use EMCLI to manage the credentials

- use APEX to query the Management Repository for reporting

Troubleshooting Performance Issues

An other session where best practices were explained was the "Oracle WebLogic Server: Best Practices for Troubleshooting Performance Issues". A very helpfull session, all chairs in the room were occupied and some people had to stand, meaning the session was expected.

Some general tips:  

  •  -verbose:gc to find out if the performance issues are related to the garbage collection behaviour  
  •  -Dweblogic.log.RedirectStdoutToServerLogEnabled=true  
  •  use the Java Flight Recorder (JFR)  
  •  use Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA)  
  •  use WLDF to create an image of your system  
  •  Thread/heap dumps to see how your application is working

One of the first action you have to do is to read the log files as they can show you which kind of errors are logged; stuck threads, too many open files aso.

The same application can behave differently whether it is deployed on WebLogic running on Linux or on Windows. For instance a socket can remain in TIME_WAIT 4 minutes in Linux but only 1 minute under Windows.

In case you encounter OutOfMemory errors, log the garbage collector information

-verbose:gc -XX+PrintGCDetails -XX:PrintGCDateStamps -XX:-PrintGCTimeStamps

More information can be found in the document referred by ID 877172.1

Thread Dump
To analyze your application you can create a thread dump

  •  under Unix/Linux: kill -3
  •  jstack
  •  WLST threadDump()
  •  jcmd print_thread (for Java HotSpot)
  •  jcmd Thread.print (for Java 7)

More information can be found in the document referred by ID 1098691.1

Once the thread dump has been created you have to analyze it.
For that, several tools are available

  •  Samurai
  •  Thread Dump Analyzer (TDA)
  •  ThreadLogic

Some best practices I already know; one tool I want to test now is ThreadLogic to be trained in case I have to use it in a real case.

Let's see what will happen in the next days.

Microsoft Hadoop: Taming the Big Challenge of Big Data – Part One

Pythian Group - Tue, 2014-09-30 11:12

Today’s blog post is the first in a three-part series with excerpts from our latest white paper, Microsoft Hadoop: Taming the Big Challenge of Big Data.

As companies increasingly rely on big data to steer decisions, they also find themselves looking for ways to simplify its storage, management, and analysis. The need to quickly access large amounts of data and use them competitively poses a technological challenge to organizations of all sizes.

Every minute, about two terabytes of data are being generated globally. That’s twice the amount from three years ago and half the amount predicted for three years from now.

Volume aside, the sources of data and the shape they take vary broadly. From government records, business transactions and social media, to scientific research and weather tracking, today’s data come in text, graphics, audio, video, and maps.

Download our full white paper which explores the impact of big data on today’s organizations and its challenges.

Categories: DBA Blogs

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Surachart Opun - Tue, 2014-09-30 10:36
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Categories: DBA Blogs

OCP 12C – Managing CDBs and PDBs

DBA Scripts and Articles - Tue, 2014-09-30 10:13

Connecting to a CDB or PDB Connecting to a CDB or PDB is not different of connecting to a standard database. When you create a PDB, it is automatically assigned a service which can be used to reach this specific PDB. You can either use the EZ connect syntax, the Oracle Net Service syntax or the [...]

The post OCP 12C – Managing CDBs and PDBs appeared first on Oracle DBA Scripts and Articles (Montreal).

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Exadata: What’s Coming

Jason Arneil - Tue, 2014-09-30 10:09

This is based on the presentation Juan Loaiza gave regarding What’s new with Exadata. While a large part of the presentation focussed on what was already available, there are quite a few interesting new features that are coming down the road.

First of was a brief mention of the hardware. I’m less excited about this. The X4 has plenty of the hardware that you could want: CPU, memory and flash. You’d expect some or all of them to be bumped in the next generation.

New Hardware

This was skated over fairly quickly, but I expect an Exadata X5 in a few months. The X4 was released back in December 2013, first X4 I saw was January 2014. I wouldn’t be surprised if Oracle release the X5 on or around the anniversary of that release.

Very little was said about the new hardware that would be in the X5 except that the development cycle has followed what intel has released, and that cpu cores have gone up and flash capacity has gone up. No word was said on what CPU is going to be used on the X5.

The compute nodes on an X4-2 have Intel E5-2697 v2 chips this is a 12 core chip running at 2.7GHz. I’d expect an increase in core count. The X3 to X4 transition increased core count by 50%. If that happens again, we get to 18 cores. There is an Intel E5-2699 v3 with 18 cores but that’s clocked at 2.3GHz.

However, I think I’d be less surprised if they went with E5-2697 v3 which is 14 core chip clocked at 2.6GHz. That would be a far more modest increase in the number of cores. The memory speed available with this chip does go up though – it’s DDR4. Might help with In Memory option. I also wonder if they’ll bump the amount of memory supported – this chip (like the predecessor) can go to 768GB.

As I said, it was not mentioned which chip was going to be used, only that Intel had released new chips and that Oracle would be qualifying their use for Exadata over the coming months.

New Exadata Software

There was a bunch of interesting sounding new features coming down the road. Some of the ones that in particular caught my eye were:

The marketing friendly term “Exafusion”. Exafusion seems to be about speeding up OLTP, labelled as “Hardware Optimized OLTP Messaging” it’s a reimplementation of cache fusion. Messages bypass network stack leading to a performance improvement.

Columnar Flash Cache – This is Exadata automatically reformatting HCC data when written to flash as a pure column store for analytic workloads. Dual formats are stored.

Database snapshots on Exadata. This seems designed with pluggable databases in mind for producing fast clones for dev/test environments. Clearly something that was a gap with ASM as used on exadata, but ACFS does snapshots.

Currently the latest Linux release available on Exadata is 5.10. Upgrading across major releases is not supported – would have required reimaging. Not a pretty prospect. Thankfully Oracle are going to allow and enable upgrading in place to 6.5.

Some talk about reducing I/O outliers both in reading from hdd and in writing to flash.

Currently with IORM you can only enable or disable access to flash for a particular database. Full IORM seems to be coming for flash.

Final new feature that caught my eye was the long rumoured Virtualisation coming to Exadata. OVM is coming. The ODA for example has had VM capability for some time, so it’s in some ways an obvious extension. I’m expecting with the increasing number of cores lots of smaller organisations may not actually need all those cores and might think even if they could turn unused ones off, it’s a waste buying that hardware and not being able to use it.

I’m hoping to NOT see OVM on an Exadata in the wild anytime soon.

Software on Silicon

One final point almost tucked out of site, was that Juan had a little bullet point about “software on silicon”. Now this has me confused. My understanding is that when Larry was talking about this, it was specifically SPARC. That I can understand as Oracle controls what goes on the chip.

Ignoring the SPRAC Supercluster, there is no SPRAC on Exadata. So that leaves a closer collaboration with Intel or moving to SPARC. Collaborating closer with Intel is a possibility and Oracle had first dibs on the E7-8895 v2 for the X4-8.

I can’t imagine changing the compute nodes to SPARC that wouldn’t make sense. But “software on silicon” is a bit like offloading…

Exadata software is definitely keeping moving forward and the difference between running Oracle on Exadata compared with non-exadata is growing ever wider with each “exadata only” feature.

select a.b.c.d.e from t a

Laurent Schneider - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:37

I just learnt a new syntax. With, you can dive into your JSON document within sql, it looks a bit unusual to me

Table created.

SQL> insert into t(b) values 
1 row created.

SQL> select a.b.c.d.e from t a;

Largely inspired from Tom Kyte session

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Oracle Technology Network Monday in Review / Tuesday Preview - Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

OTN TechBlog - Tue, 2014-09-30 00:51

OTN's Tech Fest was AWESOME!  Thanks for joining us!  We had fun, and we hope you did, too!

The OTN team have been busy shooting video and attending sessions.  See what they've been up to so far -

Blogs -
The Java Source Blog
OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler

YouTube Channels -
OTN Garage
OTN ArchBeat

Follow @JavaOneConf for conference-specific announcements

Hacking sessions and interviews on NightHacktingTV - LIVE from the Java Hub, 9am-4pm PT.

Special Activity in the OTN lounge, Moscone South Upper Lobby on Tuesday, September 30th -  OTN Wearable Meetup – 4 to 6pm  - See live demos of Oracle ideation and proof of concept wearable technology.  Show us your own wearables and discuss the finer points of use cases, APIs, integrations, UX design, and fashion and style considerations for wearable tech development, and lots more!

Complément : Chargeback

Jean-Philippe Pinte - Tue, 2014-09-30 00:48
A lire, l'article de Cap Gemini sur Enterprise Manager 12c, le Metering et le Chargeback :

1st day at Oracle Open World '14 : news on the upcoming Oracle WebLogic 12.2.1

Yann Neuhaus - Mon, 2014-09-29 19:33

Landing on Sunday 28th, after a 13 hours' trip my colleague Franck Pachot and I had just the time to do the registration, go to the hotel, and go back to the "Welcome Reception" where we could eat something. After a night where I could feel the jet lag :-) we where ready to "participate" in this amazing event, the Oracle Open World 2014.

The first session I attended was the keynote where new challenges were exposed, "moving" old 20 years applications; building new infrastructures with less budget as the money is put more to the business applications to fullfill the user demands and expectations; Big Data where the analyzes but also the delivery of the results has to be fast. To resume we are in a period where the infrastructure is changing by using more and more the cloud but the approach to deal with the new challenges has also to be changed to integrate this new digital world.

Another interesting session was the one from Mr. William Lyons about the Oracle WebLogic server strategy and roadmap. He talked about the Cloud Application Foundation like mobile development productivity, Foundation for Fusion Middleware and Application, High Availability, performance, multi-tenancy, cloud management and operation aso. He first recapitulated the new features from WebLogic 12.1.2 like the management of Coherence, Oracle HTTP server, webtier using only one tool like WLS console, WLST or OFMW console. He also talked about the dabatase integration with GriLink, RAC, multi tenant database, application continuity and Database Resident Connection Pool which improves the performance.

He passed then to the new features from 12.1.3 which has been released in June 2014. This new version improves functionnalities in the Fusion MiddleWare, Mobile as well as in High Availability areas. The developper can now have a free development license, they can install the product by using a zip version which contains also the patches. WebLogic 12.1.3 supports Java EE7 AND 8.

The next release which is plan for 2015 is WebLogic 12.2.1. With this version the multitenancy concept is covered where domain partition can be used to isolate resources for the different tenants. Regarding Java it will be fully compliant with Java EE7 and 8.

In this first day lots of information have been ingested but they have to be digested in the next weeks :-)

Let's see what will happend in the next days!

OOW14 Day 1 - Dbvisit #repattack

Yann Neuhaus - Mon, 2014-09-29 19:02

Oracle Open World is not only conferences but also practice and networking. Today at the OTN lounge have installed the following demos on my laptop:

  • a Dbvisit replicate #repattack with 
  • a Delphix cloning environement #cloneattack

I'll detail the former below and the latter tomorrow, but if you are at San Francisco and missed it, please come tomorrow to the same kind of session at the Oak Table World! You don't even need the OOW registration for that - it's independant but at the same place. Here are the details:


Dbvisit replicate

This is the event:


Become a #RepAttack warrior at #OOW14 Get to the OTN lounge for briefing today from 3:00 pm

— Dbvisit Software (@dbvisit) September 29, 2014


Well, actually I did install everything a bit earlier as I had the #repattack environement before and I woke up very early because of the jet lag... The installation is straightforward and I've monitored it with anoter tool which I like (and we are partner as well): Orachrome Lighty.


I woke up because of #jetlag then I've installed @dbvisit #repattack on my laptop and monitor it with @orachrome

— Franck Pachot (@FranckPachot) September 29, 2014


The idea is to quickly setup a source and a target virtualbox, with Oracle XE and Swingbench on the source. And then setup the replication on it. It is really straightforward and shows that logical replication is not too complex to set. So the OTN lounge was to occasion to meet the Dbvisit team.



Here is the setup - I will continue tomorrow for cloning:


I have now @delphix on my laptop installed with @kylehhailey at #oow14. Cont. tomorrow at OTW

— Franck Pachot (@FranckPachot) September 30, 2014