Yesterday we had a great day in London discussing all things related to Exadata. The day provided a walk through on everything you needed or wanted to know about Exadata.
Starting off we had Dan Norris explaining the resource manager. Next up was the equally excellent Tanel Poder talking about the metrics and wait events in Exadata, explaining how to check that your Exadata machine is doing smart scans. His book is out soon and if it’s anywhere near as interesting as his presentation then this is a must purchase. David Henderson then explained the proof of concept process that you need to go through with Oracle to get Exadata. But don’t worry, you don’t necessarily have to go through this with Oracle, we at Pythian would be more than delighted to help you with the planning, and process, just contact us.
After a fantastic lunch, it was my turn. My presentation was on an Oracle Exadata implementation that we carried out and that I support on an ongoing basis. The presentation went well and everyone seemed to enjoy it, there were plenty of questions afterwards. We even managed to start a room discussion on columnar compression. The last presentation of the day was from Stewart Bryson on Agile DW with Exadata and OBIEE. All in all, an excellent day which was well run by UKOUG.
Just one question: Dan Norris had the dessert, I didn’t, yet I am the fat one. Life is not fair sometimes.