#doag2016 and we are presenting!!

Portrix Systems will be at #doag2016… and we will be presenting too!! Each day of the conference, members of the Portrix Systems staff will be active!

On Tuesday

Together with Sabine Heimsath, I will host the #DBADev unconference session. In this session we will discuss the gap that exists between DBA’s and Developers. A serious subject, which is addressed with a smile.
Please join in on Tuesday at 14:00 as we are looking forward to an animated discussion.

On Wednesday

Oracle ACE Director Björn Rost and myself will have the chance to share the story of a complicated migration / move / change. Under the title “Bad boys of Replication” we will share the stories of this project, the things we did and the things we did not… Why we did the things we did and why we did not do the things we left out.

Wednesday at 16:00 in room Tokio

On Thursday

Oliver Limberg and I will present “Saving lives at sea!”, a compelling story about vessels, containers, storm and disaster. How do we support preventing this and what did we need to do! With a pressing deadline, using state-of-the-art technology, we were able to meet fierce demands.

Thursday at 15:00 in room Kiew

On Friday

Actually not completely fair! On Friday we support the DOAG APEX Hackathlon. But it is only accessible for Students that have enlisted for the DOAG Schulungstag.

Nevertheless an interesting happening!!

Please come and find us at DOAG 2016 at the NCC in Nuremberg!!

DOAG 2014 review

I had merely 10 hours at home between the end of the 2014 OTN APAC tour and my travel to Nuremberg for this year’s DOAG conference which I picked over the last two OTNAPAC stops in Bangkok and Auckland even though I am sure the weather there would have been much better than what Nuremberg had to offer.

the pragmas at DOAG2014But the DOAG conference is always worth a visit and has constantly been improving over the last few years. It has seen a huge increase in foreign speakers that elavated the level of the content to one of the best conferences worldwide. And it also seems to me that my fellow germans have warmed up much more to the general idea of networking and easy chatting.

Unfortunately most of my conference experience this year was dedicated to “slide polishing” in a quiet corner. They accepted two brand new talks and both slidedecks were in need of some extra last-minute work. In my first presentation I gave an introduction to puppet config management for Linux and Solaris and a bit of a taste of how to enable devops for Oracle databases and managing resources within DBs with a puppet module developed by Bert Hajee. The talk went very well and I was surprised by the rather large audience for a systems topic. Yay!
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Rad am Ring 2013

Last September the portrix crew participated in the Rad am Ring bike challenge after being invited by our data centre provider, the Equinix Inc. The goal was to drive as many laps as possible in 24 hours around the german formular one GP race track, the Nuerburgring and it´s former historical pendant, the most famous Nordschleife. Each lap would let us give a donation to the Projekt Schmetterling e.V. foundation which helps people suffering from cancer to cope with their burden.

There were 16 miles of roller-coaster bike action switching between steep hills to climb and prone slopes often droping into fierce hairpin turns which had to be mastered to finish one lap of the track.

Fortunately Equinix did a tremendous job on supporting their guests as they managed everything from the hotel to catering and even putting up a massage couch for the whole upcoming 24 hours staged in a formular one racing box. It was just great as the race would become a tough challenge against nature itself.

Weather changed quickly from slightly cloudy to atrocious. After two laps of racing it started to rain heavily escorted by fog as the sun set behind the Eifel Mountains. Eventually a nearby thunderstorm would force the responsibles to interrupt the race for several hours. There is a video filmed by rheinahr.tv which gives you an idea about the experience we´ve had there including a group picture of us at 06:50. Enjoy!

Summarized Team portrix had raced a whole of 15 laps donating 390€ to Projekt Schmetterling e.V. Riding in the mountains even if odds are against you due to nasty weather conditions was a great experience so we are looking forward to compete again this year related to the commitment of doing more laps to do even more good in 2014.

Best Regards

top 3 blog posts of 2012

Even though work life for 2013 is already in full swing for me, I guess it does not hurt to take a moment to look back at and reflect on last year’s blogging activity. So I looked at our piwik stats for last year to find the posts that were read the most and was quite surprised about the result.

In third place was the sum-up of the OpenWorld blogger meetup that was basically a survey of 12c features. With sponsored finger food and beer this was definitely the post that was the most fun to research and the blogger meetup is usually among my favourite events during OOW. It is just a little sad that not too many other bloggers take the challenge too seriously, I would love to read more about it from the others aswell. I guess they are too busy writing about “real technical content”.

Second place goes to the idea of using the (then new) Oracle VM CLI to automate the process of cloning running VMs for backups. I have been to two sessions at the DOAG conference that also talked about the lack of a proper backup solution for OVM and more ideas to script things yourself. This is just another proof that the community and Oracle’s customers are really looking for such a solution.

And finally, the winner and most read and googled for article of 2012 is the one about using the Solaris 11 automated installer without DHCP. This one really surprised me since it was just a tiny little toy-project and I was simply to lazy to configure DHCP in our network segment. But it seems like I am not the only one who enjoys easy installations with AI but does not want to enable DHCP in their datacenters. I did get the chance to talk about this with the product managers behind AI at OpenWorld and one suggestion they made to improve it even further was to replace the publisher pkg.oracle.com with the IP address of your local repository. I have not had the time to verify this yet but what would a new year be without a proper resolution or two.

Another interesting statistic I am looking at is the percentage of visitors to this blog that use IPv6. We started out with about 6% and have made it to 8% by the end of the year. Pretty good, definitely more than I had expected and more than the 1% that google is observing.

4:1 – wie schön!

70.000 Fans waren Gestern auf dem Heiliggeistfeld, noch mehr in Biergärten, Kneipen und auf dem Sofa. Und wir haben wieder einmal eine Grafik vom Rechenzentrums-Traffic. Dieses Mal kann man auch sehr schön die Halbzeitpause sehen, die offenbar viele Zuschauer genutzt haben, um die Onlineangebote unserer Kunden zu besuchen. Weiter so.

Wo sind all die User hin?

Während Jogi’s Jungs sich in Südafrika von Vuvuzelas beschallen lassen und wir alle gespannt vor den Fernsehern und Leinwänden hocken ist es still. Zumindest im Internet. Am deutlichsten konnten wir diesen Effekt am letzten Freitag Mittag sehen. Um mehr als ein Drittel ist der Traffic bei uns im Rechenzentrum in dem Zeitraum zurückgegangen, während wir sonst eigentlich meist recht ruhige und gleichmäßige Kurven sehen.

Bjoern on blogging

Blogging seems like such a waste of time to me. In my opinion, bloggers are either smart technology evangelists, pony-tailed (ex) CEOs or individuals with too much spare time, too little social life and rarely have anything remotely interesting to share with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, I don’t see myself in the first two categories and yet, I sometimes feel the need to hop on to the web 2.0 bandwagon for fortune and fame in the world wide interweb thingy some people call blogosphere.

So what can be expected to be found at this fine piece of internet real estate? Mostly technology related stuff around Databases, Solaris and server Hardware. Stuff I come across on a regular day at the office. Things that are either uber-cool, not documented elsewhere or make you roll-on-the-floor-laughing. Or things that frustrate me so much that I just have to vent off. Coming to think about it, I could propably fill tons of pages with the last category. And while this is a coroporate blog, this is not so much about promoting my company, our products or services but rather about personal views and opinions.