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In a departure from our regular technical content, we will be featuring a new guest blog series on Connect. Please help us in welcoming Crash - the star of the Data Center Down! video.

I went to Oracle Open World and all I did was lie on the floor for three days.

Hey now, don’t go pointing those blasters at me. You’d feel the same if just weeks ago you were forced into attempting to set your own Felix Baumgartner-style record by leaping from an 18-story building. I mustered all my strength to pass my wisdom to my second-in-command, the other data center waiting with the crew on the roof. Did you see the way opened his rack when tech specialist Fahima Zahir was around? Shameless flirt. He’s been like that since we were microchips.

Anyway, the San Francisco event made the ideal venue for my debut, although I was sorely disappointed that I didn’t have the chance to pick Larry’s brain. It was initially a little nerve wracking to reveal my innermost electrical impulses to so many people. But, as it turned out, my state of disarray really allowed the database administrators understand how Symantec’s mission critical application protection works.

As I whiled away what felt like an exasecond on the exhibit floor, I heard a lot about clouds. Private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds … as many alternatives as pi has continued fractions. The one commonality across cloud varieties was the fact that businesses are moving more and more of their mission critical applications to these environments. With so many unique solutions, their reasoning is obvious.


The most scintillating part of the show was the announcement of the Oracle 12c database. This private cloud-enabling technology will have multi-tenant pluggable database architecture, capable of running 250 or more user databases. Could there possibly be a worse time for me to be out of commission?

As Rachel King discusses on ZDNet, “all of the database security features work, such as auditing, reporting, and redaction.”

The Oracle 12c container database will be capable of handling multiple isolated instances, each with its own processes and memory allocations. Before I careened off of City Hall, I had an Oracle database running inside a Solaris box. This configuration can be utilized as in individual system in cloud architecture, within which the new 12c product manages multiple isolated instances.

I have no doubts that this product will make Oracle databases more adaptable in private cloud environments. But let’s not forget about the other non-Oracle parts of the stack. Take another look at my Data Center Down video and you’ll notice an application layer running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In my case, it was an Apache web server. It’s crucial to manage all of the application’s tiers, especially when dealing with mission critical private cloud infrastructures. Is your Spidey sense tingling? Yes, this is where Veritas Cluster Server with Virtual Business Services comes in. You can read more about them at the Mission Critical page.

All in all, the show was phenomenal, and the DBAs were pretty happy to hear about Symantec’s complimentary product offerings for the Oracle product set. Next time I visit San Francisco I’ll make sure to get a tour of the America’s Cup boat. Here's hoping the crew doesn’t try to drop Data Center 2 off the bow …

Read my follow-up post...