July 2000

The Specialist
Database News You Can UseJuly 2000
A monthly newsletter for Oracle users
from Database Specialists, a consulting firm
specializing in Oracle technology
In this issue:

Setting Up A Hot Standby Database

Chris Lawson, Senior Oracle DBA at Database Specialists, will lead a technical session next month titled “Setting Up A Hot Standby Database.” Chris will show you how improvements in Oracle8i make it possible to increase fault tolerance and offload reporting demand with a standby database. See Chris’ presentation at the Northern California Oracle User’s Group (NoCOUG) on Thursday, August 17, 2000 at Chevron in San Ramon.

NoCOUG is dedicated to the education and representation of those who work with Oracle Corporation’s database software and tools. For more information on this meeting or the NoCOUG organization, visit http://www.nocoug.org

Resource: Orca

Orca is a tool for plotting arbitrary data from text files onto a directory on a Web server. It monitors operating system statistics and creates graphical representations of various useful pieces of information such as CPU usage, TCP interface bits per second, I/O rate, memory usage, and disk space availability. Orca can be easily extended to plot any data–from weather statistics to database performance reports.

Igor Gurovich, Oracle DBA at Database Specialists, has been using Orca to publish database performance statistics such as datafile I/O, user calls and parses, sorts, and transaction rates for production Oracle databases he manages. Igor will be sharing his techniques for integrating Oracle databases with Orca in the near future. Stay tuned!

Developed by Blair Zajac, you can learn more about Orca and download it for free at http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~blair/orca/. There’s more information on this topic at the sunworld.com site.

New Clients: Providian Financial Corporation And System Studies

Database Specialists welcomes its two newest clients, Providian Financial Corporation and System Studies. We are excited to be counted as part of their stellar teams, and we look forward to helping them build the databases that will power their enterprises.

Providian’s mission is to “help people build, protect and responsibly use credit by providing a quality borrowing experience that builds active and lasting customer relationships.” For more about Providian Financial, visit their website at http://www.providian.com.

System Studies, Inc. builds applications that help large telecom companies manage their vast networks of telephone cables. You can learn more about their suite of products and services at http://www.airtalk.com.

Hot Topic: Encrypting Net8 Traffic

At last month’s in-house DBA Roundtable, Database Specialists’ president Roger Schrag led a discussion on encrypting Oracle network traffic so that confidential data can be sent over an insecure network such as the internet. Oracle offers Advanced Security Services for this purpose. However, the widely available ssh (secure shell) protocol may be configured very easily to encrypt Net8 traffic between a client and database server, or among multiple database servers. ssh is extremely secure, while much easier to set up and far less expensive than Oracle’s Advanced Security Services.

How To Get Peak Performance From Oracle 8i On Linux

Our popular step-by-step guide, “Installing and Configuring Oracle on the Linux Platform” has been updated! This is a highly technical and detailed guide to installing Oracle 8i Release 2 (version 8.1.6) on the Red Hat Linux platform. Written by Database Specialists’ president Roger Schrag, this document is a great resource for companies that want to get Oracle up and running quickly, and also want their database to be scalable and to perform well. 

Also, don’t forget: LinuxWorld Conference and Expo is coming to San Jose August 14-17. Take a peek at what’s in store at: http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

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