Bang for Buck with Oracle SE High Availability

This post concerns how you can employ an extremely resilient and high performing architecture using the 19C SE database. The original Oracle Standard Edition allowed you to have High Availability (HA) using the "Real Application Clusters" (RAC) option. This allowed you to install up to two instances of Oracle SE on two separate servers of 2 CPUs each. Then in SE1 ('Standard Edition One'), Oracle removed that ability altogether, there was no HA option available. Once again, Oracle changed tact and with the release of SE2 ('Standard Edition 2'), Oracle allowed the use of RAC again, but this time, only 1 CPU per server with a maximum of 2 servers (as SE2 cannot be installed on a server that has

Options for supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2008 & 2008 R2

Extended Support ended for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on the 9th July 2019 and 14th January 2020 for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. End of support means the end of security updates. This scenario can cause security or compliance issues and put business applications at risk. Many organisations still have applications running on these versions which now presents them with a security risk that needs to be mitigated. Not having support poses a risk in the event of another major security attack like Spectre and Meltdown, or any of the various major remote desktop vulnerabilities, or a remote code execution bug in SQL Server. If situations like these happen, it is unlikely that Micros

Should you Upgrade to Oracle Database 19c?

Why would you consider upgrading your Oracle database to 19c ? This post introduces several reasons why we think that organizations in the markets we serve being Australia, New Zealand (NZ), Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Fiji should upgrade to the 19c Oracle database. Firstly, there are new features you may want to investigate and utilise and we highlight some of these that we think our customers could benefit from. Second, we explain that Oracle is ending support on all releases lower than 19c and has moved to a new Long-Term Release Model and what this means for you. Third, there are some other important factors to consider like: sizing, pluggable databases, operating system compatibility, an

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