Business Insights
Business Insights

Can you run Hadoop in the cloud?

September 17, 2019

As a solutions architect at Pythian, I often get questions from clients about the many solutions available to them to address their big data needs. Between Hadoop, cloud-based, and hybrid solutions, finding the best option for their unique needs can…

The top 8 things every database practitioner should know

September 5, 2019

I’ve been interviewing and mentoring candidates for technical database positions for almost ten years, and a common question from those who either don’t make it or feel they’re not ready yet to apply to the position they’re looking for is:…

Report: Data Warehouses Are Heading To The Cloud

September 4, 2019

Unisphere Research Report uncovers the trends that are driving analytics workloads to the cloud, including real-time analytics and machine learning.   Data strategies are now commonplace, machine learning adoption has doubled in a year, and data warehouses are still a go-to…

Pythian migrates company’s global assets to GCP without downtime

August 21, 2019

Many businesses migrate to the cloud to take advantage of cost savings and improved agility. Optiva, a Canada-based company that develops software for communications service providers, recently migrated to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with help from Pythian’s team of experts. Since…

Making a business case for Machine Learning

August 13, 2019

The first step to kick off a Machine Learning (ML) project is to have a written proposition for the business problem, and second, to frame the ML problem. Before even discussing an ML method, it is necessary first to understand…

Comparing Data Science at an AI Startup and a Consulting Company

August 6, 2019

The difference between data science consultants and a data science team at a company depending on machine learning (ML) solutions is significant. In the first instance, the consultants need to have a good understanding of both the business and technology….

Datascape Podcast Episode 35 – Google Cloud Bigtable with Sandy Ghai

July 29, 2019

Today on the Datascape Podcast we are joined by Sandy Ghai, who is the Product Manager for Google Cloud Bigtable. Sandy is here to discuss her work and the ever-changing world of the cloud and why it is so exciting….

Low hanging fruit items that alleviate DataOps operational pressures

July 22, 2019

Data is hard. It has been always hard and it’s not getting easier.  We always have more of it, there are more sources to integrate, it changes all of the time, the quality is questionable and the business wants all…

Datascape Podcast Ep 34 – Recapping Microsoft Build 2019 with Warner Chaves

June 20, 2019

Today on the Datascape Podcast we are joined by Warner Chaves to discuss the most exciting announcements from the recent Microsoft Build 2019 Conference! We run through a host of different products and services with Warner, hand-picking the most most…

Australian Red Cross gains speed, stability, and savings by optimizing cloud platforms

June 11, 2019

When the Australian Red Cross, a leading humanitarian aid and community services charity and an auxiliary to the Australian government, realized that their data platform was no longer performing optimally for their critical applications, they turned to Pythian for help….

Hadoop to the cloud: Is it time to make the move?

June 5, 2019

When Hadoop was introduced, it promised a faster time to insight because of simpler modeling using cheaper hardware. But over time, organizations have been finding that Hadoop’s complexity and need for specialized skills are adding cost and headaches. Now instead…

Gaming company benefits from increased responsiveness with help from Pythian’s Google BigQuery experts

May 28, 2019

When Skillz, a leading mobile eSports platform connecting 2.6 billion gamers across the globe, sought Pythian’s help with reducing storage costs, they learned they could not only reduce costs but also gain a more responsive application while providing an improved…

Pythian will be at Percona Live 2019 – Join us in Austin, Texas!

May 15, 2019

Percona Live provides the open source database community with an opportunity to discover and discuss the latest open source trends, technologies, and innovations. The conference includes the best and brightest innovators and influencers in the open source database industry. This…

Big mining gets a boost from big data

May 14, 2019

What do you do when the breakdown of a single vehicle could cost you a million dollars? Easy: you avoid breakdowns at all costs. That’s exactly what Canada’s largest mining company is doing through a Google Cloud Platform artificial intelligence…

Personal finance company develops secure data sharing with assistance from Pythian’s experts

May 7, 2019

A large personal finance company benefitted from Pythian’s expertise to help them share data securely and keep customer information safe. Pythian provided Google BigQuery expertise and developed innovative solutions to ensure secure multi-tenancy access to their data. The finance company…

Unleash the power of your data with Pythian at DBTA Data Summit 2019

April 30, 2019

Pythian is the Diamond Research and Keynote Sponsor at Data Summit 2019 in Boston on May 21 to 22. See you there! The theme of this year’s DBTA Data Summit is “unleashing the power of your data” – exactly what…

Online retailer gains business efficiencies with help from pythian’s cloud experts

April 25, 2019

A major online retailer joined forces with Pythian to help improve their efficiency delivering new service features. With the help of Pythian’s Cloud Consulting Services, the retailer determined that they needed to migrate their two large on-premises data centers to…

3 key data analytics announcements from Google NEXT 2019

April 25, 2019

Google NEXT 2019 was a momentous event for the Pythian team. We celebrated winning the Google Cloud Global Data Analytics Partner of the Year award, had a chance to meet with customers and Googlers, and had many conversations about the…

Is application refactoring right for your organization?

April 17, 2019

The following is the first in a series of blog posts covering Pythian’s Application Migration webinar series, where host Chris Presley discusses several application migration-related topics. Recently, he spoke with Alex Zadoroshnyi and Pierig Le Saux about the topic of…

Reduce costs by adding a data lake to your cloud data warehouse

April 17, 2019

By Lynda Partner, VP Analytics as a Service and Danil Zburivsky, Director of Engineering When it comes to data warehouse modernization, we’re big fans of moving to the cloud.  The cloud brings unprecedented flexibility that allows you to easily accommodate…

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Technical Track
Technical Track

Three Announcements from Oracle OpenWorld You Probably Didn’t Hear

September 18, 2019

The buzz from OpenWorld this year was the permanently free Oracle Cloud offering, the new Exadata X8M (reportedly capable of 12 million I/O per second!), Oracle Autonomous Cloud at Customer, and the new Blockchain table. Here are three interesting or…

Can you run Hadoop in the cloud?

September 17, 2019

As a solutions architect at Pythian, I often get questions from clients about the many solutions available to them to address their big data needs. Between Hadoop, cloud-based, and hybrid solutions, finding the best option for their unique needs can…

How to Fix: The Selected Subscriber does not satisfy the minimum version compatibility

September 16, 2019

Problem: You are trying to add a new subscriber to a SQL Server Publication using the SQL Server Management Studio and you receive an error similar to the one below: “The selected Subscriber does not satisfy the minimum version compatibility…

Exadata: 7 Useful Commands to check Port/Sensor Alarms

September 12, 2019

Some days ago I was checking for the alarm below, with a very generic message: Message=The aggregate sensor /SYS/CABLE_CONN_STAT has a fault. So, I decided to document some useful commands I used to verify all ports/sensors in my Exadata cluster….

Minimal Networking Knowledge Recommended for DBAs

September 11, 2019

In a recent post, I summarized what I consider to be the minimal topics one should be familiar with in order to do technical work with databases.  One thing I left out, except for it being implicitly included in “Hardware…

Pythian sponsors first Google DevFest Montreal 2019

September 10, 2019

Pythian would like to announce Diamond sponsorship of the first cloud and machine learning (ML) DevFest in Montreal, September 27th, at École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS). More details can be found on the website: https://devfest.cloud-montreal.ca/. DevFests are large-scale community-driven events…

What to expect at ProxySQL Technology Day in Ghent

September 9, 2019

On October 3rd ProxySQL will have it’s very first technology day. They have chosen the lovely city of Ghent, Belgium, my home town, as the place to be. For those attending Percona Live Europe in Amsterdam, this is a great…

How to execute 19c runcluvfy.sh with root and sudo method

September 9, 2019

One method to prepare for a Grid Infrastructure (GI) upgrade is to execute runclufy.sh (Cluster Verification Utility). Here, I will demonstrate how I executed runclufy.sh to verify the upgrade, as well as some issues that I encountered. The above is…

How to fix InfiniBand Error: Cable is present on Port “X” but it is polling for peer port

September 5, 2019

Facing an InfiniBand error? Let me guess: Ports 03, 05, 06, 08, 09 and 12 are alerting? You have a Quarter Rack? Have recently installed Exadata plugin to version 12.1.0.3 or higher? Don’t panic! This is probably related to Bug 15937297:…

How to get the most out of your EBS performance

September 5, 2019

A commonly encountered scenario is when EBS volumes are not performing at the expected theoretical performance. Let’s look at some of the potential reasons for that and how we can “fix” it. (When I say EBS volume, I am talking…

Considerations for Converting from Oracle to Other RDBMS Platforms

September 3, 2019

Oracle software is known for being complex, expensive, and even cumbersome. However, while legacy database management systems (DBMS) like Oracle often hang around well past their best before date – in many cases due to corporate inertia and well-worn habit…

Examining Teradata To Google BigQuery Migration

August 29, 2019

Cloud migration is hot nowadays. Enterprises are considering options to migrate on-premises data and applications to cloud (AWS/GCP/Azure) to get the benefits of quick deployments, pay-per-use models and flexibility. Recently, I got a chance to work on data migration from…

How To Reclaim ASM Disks

August 28, 2019

The project I have been working on is migrating GoldenGate trails from DBFS and ACFS. Now that the migration has completed and DBFS database has been dropped, the next step is to reclaim ASM disks. DBFS is running on 2…

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: Should you consider it for your Oracle database workloads?

August 26, 2019

Oracle users have had the ability to run database workloads in the cloud for years, but options have always been limited to third-party providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) – at least, until recently. That’s because Oracle has a second-generation…

How to extend the /u01 filesystem on an Exadata

August 22, 2019

Marketers are very good at selling everyone on the fact that resources (CPU, disks, memory) are now infinite, which is mainly true on a slide but it’s less true in real life. You may one day face this situation with…

Datascape Podcast Episode 36 – August Cloud Updates

August 22, 2019

Welcome to the August episode of Datascape’s cloud update podcast where we discuss the latest announcements from the leading public cloud vendors with industry experts. Today we are joined by Pierig Le Saux, SRE principal consultant for Pythian, who will…

Pythian migrates company’s global assets to GCP without downtime

August 21, 2019

Many businesses migrate to the cloud to take advantage of cost savings and improved agility. Optiva, a Canada-based company that develops software for communications service providers, recently migrated to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with help from Pythian’s team of experts. Since…

Weighing the pros and cons of Oracle Autonomous Database

August 20, 2019

The next generation of managed database services is upon us, offering organizations of all sizes the ability to scale database workloads quickly without forking out huge investments in either hardware or specialized expertise. One of these services is Oracle Autonomous…

How to deploy machine learning on Google Cloud Platform

August 15, 2019

In this blog post, I will describe a few takeaways on how to deploy or submit Machine Learning (ML) tasks on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). If you have less experience as a ML engineer or if you are a solution…

How to solve SELinux and MySQL log rotation issue

August 14, 2019

Disable SELinux? Think again! SELinux is always a complicated topic. If you search this on the web, most people will advise just disabling it, but that may not be acceptable from a security point of view in your organization. In…

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

Achieving rock-solid maintenance with template-based action plans

February 7, 2019

Pythian has always been serious about reducing human mistakes. Our consultants have always been required to log all terminal outputs for the work we execute so that the information is available to our clients, and to make sure the same…

A day in the life of a Red Cross volunteer

October 22, 2018

In addition to my day job working as a team manager at Pythian, I am fortunate to be part of a specialist Red Cross volunteer team called an Emergency Response Unit (ERU). There are many of these ERUs around the…

First time presenter, what a feeling!

October 9, 2018

It’s been a couple weeks now, and the dust has settled but not the sentiment. I am talking about my very first public presentation performed at Spain Oracle Users Group (SPOUG) during the Technical SPOUG Day 2018 on September 25th….

Mentorship can be a valuable tool for professional growth

July 5, 2018

Mentoring has been defined as a professional relationship between a mentor (more experienced) and a mentee (less experienced) to develop certain skills and knowledge that will enhance personal and professional growth. Mentors are usually assigned to junior members of a…

The life of a happy remote DBA

June 20, 2018

Life is a balancing act between the personal and professional. It is a journey and this journey should be filled with joy and happiness. It should also give you a chance to learn, to grow and to cherish moments, spending…

Technical training – good for business and career

June 15, 2018

Whether you are just starting out or have been working with technology and want to expand your skill set, training never hurts anyone. In some situations, your own company encourages it and wants to help you excel. You may be…

Pythian BORG: bringing on recruited gurus

May 2, 2018

When university graduation was rushing up on me and I hadn’t the first idea how I would start my career, my parents gave me the best advice I’ve ever received: Find meaningful work that you’re passionate about and collaborate with…

The life of a Pythian road warrior

April 9, 2018

I’m sitting here on March 16th, the day before Saint Patties day and I am thinking about what I will need for my trip to Salt Lake City next week. I work for Pythian in the Principal Consulting Group. We are…

The value of lifelong learning

March 9, 2018

When I was asked to write a blog post about two conferences I attended this year, I had to sit down and think. Think about how learning is such an essential aspect of my life, both personally and a professionally….

A Team Manager’s perspective on success at Pythian

February 15, 2018

To all managers out there, especially in the IT sector, to be truly successful you don’t need to be the most technical savvy person on your team.

Diversity: pursuing your dreams

February 1, 2018

Seven months ago, I was fortunate to start a new career journey with Pythian. At first I found working in IT intimidating as I was working with such a wide variety of technical subject matter experts on a daily basis,…

Kickstart your career

January 22, 2018

Working at Pythian has probably been one of the best decisions I could have made towards developing my technical skills as well as growing my skills as a person. When I first got the interview, I knew nothing of the…

From co-op to full time!

January 10, 2018

My experience with Pythian was like a co-op fairy tale. As a 4th-year student entering my last co-op term, I was looking for something more than just a regular administrative job. I was seeking a role in which I could…

The Pythian community gives back: movember and the holiday food drive

January 2, 2018

They say you can’t create an org culture, you can only guide it. As a growing IT services company with 400+ employees spread across 35+ countries, one of our biggest opportunities is not technological but cultural. An inherent challenge we…

My internship experience at Pythian

September 28, 2017

I remember nervously walking out of one of King’s Cross St Pancras Station’s numerous exits searching for the 7 Stanley Building. I wandered through the morning rush in the heart of London, and I was overwhelmed, out of place and…

Pythian at All Things Open 2017

September 25, 2017

All Things Open 2017 is coming up fast, and Pythian is proud to be supporting one of the largest open source-focused conferences in the US! All Things Open is a conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 23-24, 2017. ATO…

Has “Google-ing it” gotten better over time?

August 14, 2017

Just Thinking… Have you noticed the subtle shift in how we search for information on the Internet…? In the past when I wanted to find something, I would start a web browser (before Tabs came along) and go to www.google.co.nz….

How to hold a great team meeting with remote employees

July 21, 2017

I want to talk about something that I initially did very poorly when I first became a remote manager in hopes you can learn from my mistakes – Team Meetings. When I started having my first team meetings as a…

My co-op experience at Pythian

May 17, 2017

I returned to Pythian for my co-op term this past winter (it’s worth mentioning that previous to this, I had already completed two four month terms as a Software Development Intern at the company). The fact that I came back…

Join CEO Paul Vallée and top data experts at Pythian’s love your data conference in NYC

May 3, 2017

Every year, leaders from every industry are presented with a buffet of conference opportunities to choose from. The pull to attend the biggest and shiniest is strong as event organizers lure potential attendees with swag bags, explosive branding and the…

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