With Oracle Exadata, consolidation isn’t just
for information and applications.
By now you have all heard many pro- nouncements about why Oracle
Exadata provides a technical and business
advantage: data warehousing, big data,
consolidation, private clouds, and so on.
What I want to discuss in this column,
however, is the impact Oracle Exadata has
on the team that supports it.
In most organizations, there are three
distinct roles to administer your database,
server, and storage environments. Often
these three roles belong to separate teams
with different line management. In rare
cases (I’ll let you define how frequent “rare”
is), this leads to organizational politics and
finger-pointing, particularly when you are
experiencing issues with one or more of your
Enter Oracle Exadata. When you have
a new server that integrates, consolidates,
and streamlines the administration of your
data servers, how do you allocate resources?
Which team—DBA, systems administration,
or storage—takes on the primary responsibility for the Oracle Exadata Database
Machine? Further still, have you introduced
a new role to your organization? These are
interesting questions that may not yet have
At the Independent Oracle Users Group
(IOUG), we have a fairly DBA-centric view
of things. DBAs make up a significant
part of our history and the roots of our
organization. So when first presented
with the Oracle Exadata challenge, we
looked at it through the DBA prism. We’ve
since discovered that we needed to—and
here I’ll paraphrase Tom Kyte from the
membership lunch at the IOUG Forum at
COLLABORATE—“unlearn what we know
Managing a database on Oracle Exadata
truly changes what a DBA needs to manage
for performance and storage optimization.
And if the responsibility for Oracle Exadata
changes how a DBA needs to work, is which
team should have primary responsibility for
Oracle Exadata still the best question? Or do
we in fact need a new kind of administrator:
an Oracle Exadata administrator?
is president of IOUG
and has been an active
volunteer with the
organization since 1998.
In his day job, he is an information management
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