Locally debug your serverless function

Serverless architecture opens an exciting new space for building cloud-native and event-driven applications. By going serverless development teams focus on business logic while leveraging managed services. But this new approach raises new questions. When all the infrastructure is on the…

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Oracle 18c Non-CDB databases in the Oracle Database Cloud Service (ODBCS)

Oracle is implementing a cloud first approach and hence the newest releases such as Oracle Database 18c first appear in the Oracle Database Cloud Service (ODBCS).  But only in the Container DB architecture for this PaaS offering.  However, that doesn’t mean…

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Google Cloud Platform quick tip: Cloud Shell launcher

I am useless without a shell. For anything from managing git repositories, editing files with vim, writing small scripts and programs in bash, python or java to controlling cloud environments I prefer a command line interface. So when I learned…

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Cost management (expenditure alerts) in the Oracle Cloud

Background As an Oracle Cloud user using it for my own purposes (mostly just testing), I’m very careful to always shut down services when not required so I don’t incur unnecessary charges. However, I’m always just a little bit worried…

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ProxySQL behind a load balancer in Google Cloud

Introduction In this article we will explore one approach for deploying ProxySQL behind a load balancer in Google Cloud. While considering the deployment of ProxySQL, one has basically the following options: Install ProxySQL on existing application server(s) Provision dedicated ProxySQL…

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SQL Server and Azure – hybrid partitioning – a low-cost solution to retain your data

It’s already a fact: cloud is here to stay. As time goes by, we have a better understanding of how it really works as well as its real pros and cons. But here is the most important lesson: We don’t…

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First touch penalty on AWS cloud

A couple of weeks ago I had a discussion about AWS RDS with one of my colleagues and he mentioned some unexpected IO problem during migration. It was during production cutover when they switched from the old environment on-prem to…

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Trials and tribulations of reactivating an Oracle Cloud Account

I recently tried to reactivate an Oracle Cloud Account and it turned out to be quite a bit more difficult than anticipated. The purpose of this article is to assist others in this situation so they can go through the…

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Setting up a home learning lab 2018 edition

Back in 2013 I published a blog post about setting up a home learning lab. (You can find it here.) To this day it’s still a very popular post on our site. I was thinking about what I’d written and…

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No DR is the worst DR!

What does a disaster recovery strategy mean to you? Disaster recovery (DR) is defined as a subset of business continuity and involves a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a…

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