The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest) recently held a  joint Collaborate 10 Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community April 18-22, 2010 in Las Vegas. The conference topics covered systems, storage, network, OS, virtualization, database, middleware and applications.   

Dell was out in full force at this year’s Collaborate event, participating in a number of panels and sessions.  Dell’s own Wendy Chen and Oracle ACE Director Kai Yu from the Dell Oracle Engineering Solutions team presented in a number of sessions, including:

Building Oracle Grid with Oracle VM on Blade servers and iSCSI storage (Kai Yu) This session was a part of IOUG storage bootcamp; which discussed a reference configuration based on Dell 11g blades servers and Dell EqualLogic iSCSI storage as a blueprint for the Grid. In the presentation, the audience was shown the design and implementation of such a Grid infrastructure: the physical gird configuration based on RAC and ASM and the virtual grid based on Oracle VM technology. The presentation also covered how to simplify the deployment enterprise applications by taking advantage of this prebuilt Grid infrastructure and the VM templates as well as how to manage the Grid using Oracle Grid Control with VM manager.

RAC Performance Monitoring and Diagnosis  using Oracle Enterprise Manager (Kai Yu)  Part of IOUG RAC Tuning bootcamp; the session showed the audiences the techniques and tips to automate the RAC performance tuning and diagnosis using Oracle Enterprise Manager. 

Provisioning Oracle RAC in a Virtualized Environment, Using Oracle Enterprise Manager (Kai Yu)  This presentation from IOUG Virtualization bootcamp was based on a joint project between Dell Oracle solutions lab and Oracle Enterprise Manager product management with Oracle VM product engineering. The session highlighted the configuration best practices of Oracle VM for Oracle RAC with focus on the networking and shared storage configuration on Oracle VM environment. The second half of the presentation focused on provisioning and extending Oracle RAC using the Oracle Enterprise Manager provisioning pack. 

Benefits and Best Practices for Deploying Solid State Disks (SSDs) in an Oracle OLTP Environment (Wendy Chen) This session was selected as part of the Collaborate 10 Storage clip_image004Boot Camp, which gave attendees the chance to learn about storage related topics for a full day at the conference.  This session discussed the benefits and capabilities of Solid State Disks for Oracle Online Transaction Processing workload.  The performance test conducted for this study was on an Oracle 11g Real Application Cluster database implemented in a tiered EqualLogic storage model including the SAS HDD disks and the SSD disks.  The presentation also covered best practices for deploying SSD for Oracle databases, and went over the methodology on how to identify database components that would benefit from being placed on SSD disks in a tiered storage configuration. 

Maximizing Performance on Oracle 11g Standard Edition Real Application Clusters (Wendy Chen)  Wendy's presentation covered a study on the performance capabilities of Oracle 11g Standard Edition Real Application Clusters as opposed to the Enterprise Edition.  During the session, she showed the performance testing results that demonstrated the scalability of Oracle SE RAC up to 4 single-socket servers.  Standard Edition is built on the same code base as the Enterprise Edition; making the two no different in terms of database performance.  As the license cost of Standard Edition is much lower than the Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition is a cost effective choice for Small to Medium business and provides the enterprise level performance at the same time.  The audience was also shown that by adequately balancing the system resources (including memory and CPU) can help make the most out of scaling out an Oracle RAC cluster.

In summary, according to Wendy and Kai, there were a number of great sessions on database technologies, Linux and virtualization.  Wendy, as a first time attendee saw high value in the conference as a great way for people come together to learn and exchange ideas.  She stated it was an exciting “week at the COLLABORATE 10 conference to contribute and participate as part of the Oracle user community."