Oracle Exadata users to get inside track from independent experts

Independent Oracle Exadata experts have announced a virtual conference and a new book that they say will help users increase their chances of success with Exadata implementations.

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Independent Oracle Exadata experts have announced a virtual conference and a new book that they say will help users increase their chances of success with Exadata implementations.

The book and supporting event are aimed at technicians, and are based on real-life experiences from Exadata implementation, migrations and production troubleshooting.

There are currently around 1,000 installed Exadata units around the world, and Oracle hopes to expand this to 3,000 units by June 2012.

The speakers at the Expert Oracle Exadata Virtual Conference are the four most experienced independent Exadata experts in the world. They include Andy Colvin and the three authors of the Expert Oracle Exadata book, Tanel Poder, Kerry Osborne and Randy Johnson.

“Good Oracle Exadata skills are in high demand already, but the problem is that it’s almost impossible to find skilled and experienced Exadata specialists because it is still a young and very fast-changing product,” said Poder.

Poder was among a group of experts and end users who addressed customer concerns around Exadata at a UK Oracle User Group event earlier this year.

“[So we wrote the book] to share experience to help ensure smoother Exadata implementations and transitions for customers, reduce pain of supporting it and increase the success rate of Exadata projects.”

The new book is only one of two books on Exadata on the market. The other book is more of a high-level overview, and is written by Oracle.

“Our book is deeply technical. We talk from real experience and do not have to downplay any shortcomings, bugs or issues,” Poder added.

To support the launch of the book, the speakers will answer questions and initiate discussions around Exadata, including providing advice on how to get the most out of Exadata’s key feature, smart scans.

Other topics include how to survive the Exadata patching work and case studies of troubleshooting Exadata performance issues.

The Expert Oracle Exadata book will be launched on 1 August, followed by the Expert Oracle Exadata Virtual Conference on 3-4 August.

The conference costs $475 (£292) per attendee, and details to register can be found here.

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