Direct Reads and Smart Scan
The most significant performance feature of Exadata is generally agreed to be smart scan.  There are several prerequisites for smart scan – most notably, the query must perform direct reads.
I frequently encounter "pixel perfect" custom reports in both 11i and R12 that were created using Oracle Reports for data extraction into an XML stream then passed to the BI Publisher Output Post Processor for formatting, typically as a PDF.


I recently attended RMOUG and saw a presentation for Database Workload Replay, a feature I've been meaning to take through its paces for quite awhile but never made time to test it out. Tonight I decided to give it a shot to see how difficult the process was, and as I discovered, it wasn't too bad at all.   Below I'm going to walk through the steps to do some simple Workload Replay tests.  Nothing earth-shattering about any of this, it's pretty well documented.


This is the first of a three part series on "How Smart Companies Manage Data in the 21st Century." I am going to focus on trends and statistics for this first part and then as we progress, we will dive into how to get actionable information out of data.


Over the years, Oracle DBAs and developers have used different techniques to identify performance problems. Many books have been written, white papers published, blogs blogged upon, and so forth.  Nearly every Oracle DBA has the term “tuning” somewhere on their resume.  Common tuning approaches have included:

For quite some time, Oracle's kernel has been well-instrumented to capture detailed wait event information.  Google “Oracle wait events” and you’ll come up with a wide range of great papers and publications about Oracle wait events, and also see
Several cluster-specific wait events are populated in RAC environments.  
Oracle Database Appliance Installation
In this post I'm going to share  the end-to-end process of getting an Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) up and running at a client site.  No pictures, just words.   And right up front, I'm going to tell you this is likely going to be the shortest blog I'll ever post on
First things First...
Most savvy Oracle performance folks know about the 10046 extended trace file. If not, just Google "10046 trace" and you'll learn all you need to know from a variety of sources.  Oracle's tkprof utility provides a means to read the trace file and provide meaningful output, and recently (10g+) it's had some nicer summary information on a per-cursor and per-session basis at the end of it.


You've taken the plunge and are planning on moving your Oracle EBS environment to Exadata.  In this post, I'll talk about some of the things you should think about with Oracle EBS and Exadata Smart Scan.


Average Active Sessions, or AAS is one of the most important metrics to look at from a database performance perspective.  There are many good resources that talk about AAS metrics, including: