DOAG 2012 is going to be a busy one

After having spent the last sunny days of the year rocking out to the Hives at yuerba buena gardens in San Francisco, the days are getting shorter, darker and colder back here in Germany. As fall is slowly morphing into winter it is time for the annual trip to Nuremberg for the largest Oracle conference in Europe: DOAG. This year will be specially busy trying to share as much knowledge as possible in 3 (and a half) days: Two presentations, one expert panel discussion and three full days of RACattack!

Things will get kicked off the day prior to the conference with an Exa-* hacking session by local Oracle partner and Exadata specialists ISE. Their Exa-Test-Center is conveniently located within the Nuremberg airport so this will literally be the very first stop after touching down.

The RAC Attack workshop will begin tuesday morning and stays open during all three conference days. Martin Berger, Jay Dutov and Markus Jendrossek will help attendees with setting up a working RAC cluster with virtual machines on laptops. If you do not bring an own laptop, you will still be able to get your hands dirty with some of the labs on rental machines and also have the opportunity to engage us in RAC geek-talk.

On tuesday afternoon at 2pm, I am going to talk about Oracle Desktop Virtualisation, tell some interesting customer stories and share implementation best practices. If you are also interested to hear about the newest features of VDI and the progress that Oracle made with VDI on Linux, make sure to also join Rolf-Per Thulin in his presentation on Wednesday morning.

Right after that session on 3pm we are going to have our second annual RAC Expert panel. Attendees get the chance to throw their most burning questions concerning RAC technology at a panel of true Oracle Cluster experts. Questions will be answered by Martin Berger, Robert Bialek, Markus Michalewicz and Sebastian Solbach.

On Wednesday I will present on Total Recall aka Flashback Archives and explain how portrix is using this technology to enable querying freight rate data from the past. Developers can take advantage of this feature with little to no extra effort to add a time dimension to their applications. I will introduce the basic syntax, working principles and share our experiences with it.

And I am certain that whatever time is left between or after sessions will fill quickly with networking opportunities at any of the parties or evening activities.

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