Oracle Database Management Strategic Directions

1. Best Practices for managing Oracle database servers.
2. Oracle Fusion Middleware products like J2EE, ADF, XML, BPEL, SOA, Web Services, Discoverer...).
3. Oracle Application Servers and Apache.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Are You A DBA That Scales Vertically or Horizontally?

It is always important to make sure you are maintaining your skill set and marketability as an Oracle professional. In a down economy it is even more so for a DBA. So my question to you is , do you try to scale vertically or horizontally? Scaling vertically, is picking a specific area like RAC or BI and trying to maximize your expertise in that one area. If you scale horizontally you are trying to maintain expertise in a number of areas. I have focused on scaling horizontally, so I can manage HA across all tiers of an Oracle infrastructure. This has involved three key areas:
  • Infrastructure Management: Oracle Enterprise Manager (Grid Control)
  • Database Server High Availability: Oracle RAC, Data Guard, Streams, Disaster Recovery, Performance and Backup/Recovery
  • Middle-tier Management: Oracle Fusion Middleware (J2EE, Web Services, BPEL, SOA, XML, Oracle Business Rules)
Maximizing your expertise is very important these days. The traditional DBA that just knows basic administration, performance tuning and backup/recovery is the lowest common denominator and the easiest person to outsource. Here are ten areas you may want to consider for increasing your expertise and marketability as a DBA:
  • Managing infrastructures with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Grid Control)
  • High Availability (RAC, Data Guard, Streams)
  • Virtualization
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware
  • Oracle Applications DBA (EBS, PeopleSoft, JDEdwards, Siebel, Oracle Fusion, ...)
  • Oracle EPM
  • Oracle Essbase and EPM
  • Oracle Security
  • Oracle Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
  • Oracle Application Server and Portal


At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Log Buffer said...

"George Trujillo writes, “It is always important to make sure you are maintaining your skill set and marketability as an Oracle professional. ..."

Log Buffer #145

At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A "horizonntal" skill I would now add is MySQL.

Many Oracle shops have MySQLs hiding out in departments under the radar. Now that MySQL is part of the Oracle set, some of those may actually pop up looking for someone to take them over. Or more likely, when corporate IT finds them, the Oracle DBA may now be where corporate IT hands them off.

Either way, being able to do something useful with MySQL when it ends up in your lap should be a valuable skill for the Oracle DBA now.

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I agree with you. A lot of people do not realize how hot MySQL really is in Oracle shops. Oracle DBAs bring enterprise management best practices, so I believe picking up MySQL is a natural skill to pick up for Oracle DBAs and increases their marketability. Every company I go to lately is wanted to do "more with less", which means they are requiring Oracle DBAs pick up other database management like MySQL.


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