Monday, April 20, 2009

SUNsational Collaborate 2009!

Just about when we though we were all set for Collaborate 2009, Larry throws a curve ball! Yes it is the SUNsational news that Sun will be soon under the Oracle umbrella. What does it means for the user community? Well if you check the picture below, newly posted on the Oracle's website, now the Linux layer has become Solaris/Linux:
I really wonder how the marketing slogan of Oracle + Linux is unbreakable combination will change now?  Well, when I was sitting in Moscone Center in 2003, listening to one of the keynotes, I remember Scott McNeally joking telling Larry "Are you gonna buy us next?"  It's only six years later and several billion dollars lower, Sun is going to be part of Oracle family.

While we rarely look at Sun as one of the database players, really Sun does own MySQL, that Oracle once tried to acquire for a billion dollars.  On the hardware front, it's not long ago that Oracle announced the HP Oracle Database platform. Going forward, it will be interesting to see how Sun plays a part in the Exadata front. I do not even want to mention the impact of owning J2EE can be, I am sure others are writing pages sceculating the impact of this to SAP and IBM...

Anyways, I will in the center of action at Orlando, during Collaborate to see how is all works out as Sun admins and MySQL developers make a last minute march towards the Disney city! 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's Time to Collaborate!

We are just about two weeks from Collaborate 2009, the user group event for Oracle Technology and Applications.

My first event on this lines was IOUG Live in 2003 at Orlando. Year 2005 it was back to Orlando, while 2004 was in Toronto. The major change took place in 2006 where Collborate was born when IOUG, OAUG and Quest shook hands together, the event grew many fold in size. Now I am told its over 5000 attendees. 2007 the Collaborate went to the Sin City and from there to the Mile High City in 2008. 2008 was my first time being in the IOUG Conference committee and get a behind the scenes feel.

Being a Floridian for a long time, I am happy to see Collaborate being held 2 1/2 hrs of drive away! And I am a big fan of Universal Studios and Disney. The Wed night event will be at City Walk.

So what I am looking forward to this time... Apart from the 50+ sessions related to BIWA Track, I am also looking forward to the launch of the Exadata SIG. I thing the release of 1/2 the Exadata rack this Spring was quite timely...and as Kevin explained it today in his webcast that the Optimised Warehouse Initiative can only at best provide 2GB/sec bandwidth for "Extreme Data Warehousing." So while the full Exadata rack can provide 14GB/sec bandwith which may be an overkill both in price and performance, the half X Database Machine is a good compromise... to fill the void in the times of economic downturn.

I wll post most on the sessions and events that I look forward to Collaborate '09