Viva Las Vegas!

It was our second time at the IOUG Collaborate conference, and we loved it!
With thousands of database and application professionals attending, with such a rich agenda of interesting sessions, how could anybody go wrong?!

Meals, activities, and other logistics were very well organized. Despite the large number of participants, lines moved quickly, Wi-Fi connections were reliable, and everything went smoothly.

Most importantly, the quality of the talks was excellent all around. Our sense was that attention was concentrated on applications rather than infrastructure, which was not surprising to us.

Axxana is also focused on making sure organizations can recover their business, rather than a certain piece of their infrastructure. In numerous talks with customers, we have noticed a growing rift between what an organization’s infrastructure can achieve in terms of data protection, and what the applications and business side really need. Meeting SLAs for individual applications is important; but if you failover your various storage arrays or databases to varying points in time, you will not be able to failover your business as a whole.

See: on our YouTube channel for a good illustration of this scenario and why merely meeting application-specific SLAs will not save your business when disaster strikes. You will also find many other videos and animations about disaster recovery, business continuity, and data protection.

As you know, Axxana is all about eliminating risks associated with disasters striking your data centers. Therefore, we were specifically interested in talks related to high availability and disaster recovery. We very much enjoyed the following technical sessions, which were mostly about what can be done to minimize recovery time objective (RTO) without changing code:

  • Continuous Availability for a Critical Production System in 2017 by Tim Quinlan, Database Architect, Scotiabank
  • Continuous Availability Workshop by Troy Anthony, Cloud Evangelist, Oracle and Michael Timpanaro-Perrotta, Director of Product Strategy, Oracle

The following sessions were also very interesting:

  • Bullet Proof Your Data Guard 12c Environment by Charles Kim, Viscosity North America, which covered new features of 12.2 and day-to-day practices
  • The Oracle Database 12c Control File by Anton EIs, Dbvisit, which contained very useful information for the database DR professional

This year, we talked about “Squeezing the Max out of Oracle 12c Disaster Recovery.”

Oracle 12c introduced new disaster recovery capabilities such as Active Data Guard Far Sync, a SYNC/ASYNC cascading feature that uses a lightweight intermediary node (Far Sync).

We wanted to share the invaluable information and experience that our architects, engineers, and DBAs have gathered in the past year or so, playing with Data Guard in 12c and experimenting with the new Oracle Data Guard 12c Far Sync software.

Our talk described our experience in tuning Far Sync for maximum performance and minimal resource requirements. We provided a detailed description of how configuration parameters influence the behavior of the system, from a memory, CPU, and I/O perspective, while maximizing database performance (e.g., Log Write bandwidth) and minimizing latency on the primary system. Finally, we described how Axxana’s Phoenix technology optimizes Oracle’s Far Sync solution to provide true zero data loss with optimal performance. You can watch our webinar, which followed our session, here:

Thank you to all who came to learn from our experience and visited our booth during this wonderful conference. We look forward to seeing you at future IOUG Collaborate conferences!