Presenting at TCOUG 2011 Winter Meeting

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I just arrived to Minneapolis, MN and will be speaking tomorrow at the Twin Cities Oracle Users Group 2011 Winter Meeting. It’s the first time I’m speaking for this user group so I’m excited to meet the new audience. I will present one hour version of my Grid Infrastructure Internals session. Of course, no demos during presentation as it’s just enough to cover the theory slides but I’ll leave the demo as a homework as usual. :)

Big thanks to Klara Hribkova, Vice President of TCOUG, for picking me up at the airport and organizing a dinner. I’ve had a lovely meal — Bison Pot Roast — melting in my mouth.

I’m staying at Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place. Nice and clean and very friendly staff but what’s interesting about this hotel is that they have DSL modems in the rooms so each connection is going via its own DSL line. Isn’t that cool? As I logged in, I realized that complimentary internet is shaped to 512Kbit only and faster connections are charged extra. Oh well, I can’t complain about free. Still, having DSL modem in the hotel room is kind of unusual! :)


I should also mention that it’s really cold here with temperature just like in Ottawa — about -20 °C or below zero in Fahrenheit. At least, no wind chill like in Ottawa.

I want to mention that my experiment on collecting database consolidation stories was a *relative* success — we’ve got slump of participants and I can announce the book winner — Noons, it’s yours! :)

If you are at the TCOUG meeting tomorrow by any chance (well, today already), please catch me to say hello!

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About the Author

What does it take to be chief technology officer at a company of technology experts? Experience. Imagination. Passion. Alex Gorbachev has all three. He’s played a key role in taking the company global, having set up Pythian’s Asia Pacific operations. Today, the CTO office is an incubator of new services and technologies – a mini-startup inside Pythian. Most recently, Alex built a Big Data Engineering services team and established a Data Science practice. Highly sought after for his deep expertise and interest in emerging trends, Alex routinely speaks at industry events as a member of the OakTable.

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HR is glad you arrived safely. Have a successful trip.

Heidi and Sarah

Michael Seberg
January 24, 2011 8:58 am

Was happy to see Alex at TCOUG and he gave a great talk. Would to like to see those PP slides again.

Thanks for making me laugh Alex!!

Alex Gorbachev
January 24, 2011 11:36 am

Thanks Michael. Enjoyed doing the presentation — great audience to present to!


Hi Alex ;
I’ need a sincere urgent help from you please, I’ve requested to advise me regarding the ASM discussion and my recuring doubt for prod db, for which I’m left with no disks to add but to take out from an existing normal redundancy diskgroup and create new diskgroup with external redundancy with another spare disk, for which I need your urgent advise please.
kindly reply me the soonest by today please.

Alex Gorbachev
January 28, 2011 10:34 am


I would like to emphasize that I do not do free consulting on the blog. The blog is created to help readers understand the technology and make right decisions. If your need expert help with a specific production problem we can do a proper analysis and solution as part of Pythian services.

I’m also quite busy these days and usually ignore the requests with “Kindly reply Sonnest by today”.

I have added some more comments on the original blog post but if you need urgent help today with your specific problem, refer your manager to this link –


kindly reply me the soonest by today please.

Sorry, but LOL. What a cheek!

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Just saw this post now. :) We were glad to have you and now that I have the reigns, I might bring you back again one of these days.

Very good preso. I tend to use it as a baseline for RAC presentations. You set the bar pretty high so there aren’t many who can meet it.

See you in SFO 2012 OOW!


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