I started off my day somewhat later than planned, although I was up from 4:00 am. Having been bitten by the dullness of previous day's keynotes I decided to skip this morning's session with John Fowler, Edward Screven and Mark Hurd. My first session was at 11am so I decided to use the time and do some 'fun' stuff. The DEMOgrounds was where I headed to try and bag some free swag before any cerebral activities. There were quite a number of vendors displaying their wares - most of which were giving away some items in return for marketing opportunities. By far the most popular giveaway item was iPads. EMC claims that they are giving away an iPad every hour, with several other vendors attempting to follow suit. I even had time to shoot some hoops in the Game Zone.
After all the fun I sat in the the database general session with Andrew Mendelsohn - Why Standardize on Oracle Database 11g. Andy kicked things off talking about new features in 11g since OpenWorld 2009. These include Golden Gate and Active Data Guard, new features in Secure Backup, SQL Developer 2.1 and the now free Data Modeler, Berkley DB 11g Release 2 and Apex 4.0. He then went on to discuss the ubiquitous Exadata Database Machine x2-2 and it's benefits in performance for OLTP workloads.
My next sessions were a less than impressive Enterprise Manager session and an informative case study about Optimizing your databases with policy-managed Oracle RAC with Markus Michalewicz of the RAC pack. Policy-managed databases uses the concept of server pools to dynamically manage services and workload in a RAC configuration. This is opposed to using standard administrator managed databases with manual workload management. Policy-managed databases are more suitable for RAC databases with more than 4 nodes and in which nodes are added or removed frequently. Services can then be mapped to specific server pools which are defined with a minimum and maximum number of instances which can be running in a pool at any given time. It is truly a grid computing concepts which makes managing many nodes more efficient. Markus went on to mention two complementary technologies - instance caging and Quality of Service Management new in 184.108.40.206.
I spent the last part of the day in two hands-on labs. I finally got a chance to play with Oracle VM. In the first hands-on lab we learned how to download Oracle VM templates and deploy Oracle database 11g. The templates consisted of a fully-functional Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 OS (JeOS) with Oracle Database 11g w/ASM. As in most hands-on labs that I've ever attended we encountered some issues while deploying the templates. It turns out that the VM manager crashed. After several hiccups we eventually completed the deployment. Pretty fun stuff (for a geek). My second hands-on lab was Patch Provisioning and Automation using Enterprise Manager 11g. This went a lot smoother but there were too many tasks to really grasp any concepts.
At the end of the day I decided to listen to Thomas Kurian talk about all the Java stuff in the JavOne keynote. In a former life it would've all made sense to me.