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ISBN-13: 978-1430233923 ISBN-10: 1430233923 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Oracle
  • Paperback: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (August 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430233923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430233923
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kerry Osborne began working with Oracle (version 2) in 1982. He has worked as both a developer and a DBA. For the past several years he has been focused on understanding Oracle internals and solving performance problems. He is an OakTable member and an Oracle Ace Director.. Kerry is a frequent speaker at Oracle conferences. He is also a co-founder of Enkitec, an Oracle-focused consulting company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He blogs at kerryosborne.oracle-guy.com.

Randy Johnson is a principal consultant at Enkitec, a consulting firm specializing in Oracle. Randy has more than 18 years of experience with Oracle, beginning with Oracle 7 during the early 1990s. Much of his career has combined Oracle database administration with Unix administration duties. Over the last five years, Randy focused almost exclusively on real application clusters and automatic storage management. He is also an authority on Oracle backup and recovery via RMAN, having written a popular utility for automating RMAN scripts called Dixie. Randy occasionally blogs at http://blog.enkitec.com.

Tanel P der is one of the leading Oracle performance specialists in the world, having helped solve complex problems for customers in more than 20 countries on five continents. He specializes in advanced performance tuning, end-to-end troubleshooting, and other complex (and therefore interesting) tasks, such as migrating very large databases with minimal downtime. Tanel has optimized the performance of Exadata installations, starting from Exadata version 1, and he plans to go even deeper with his current Exadata performance and troubleshooting research. He is one of the first Oracle Certified Masters in the world, an Oracle ACE Director, and a proud member of the OakTable Network. Tanel regularly speaks at conferences worldwide and publishes his articles, scripts, and tools in his blog at http://blog.tanelpoder.com.

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Expert Oracle EXADATA is very practitioner oriented.
Kevin Meade
It's incredibly easy to read given the complex nature of the topic and balances technical depth and breadth extremely well.
Guy Harrison
The people who wrote this book really know what they are doing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Meade on October 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Update 7-Nov-2012, book is showing up on people's desks

It has been a year now since I initially reviewed this book. As my company moves forward with EXADATA I see this book making its way around the buildings. DBAs in particular are heavy on it. I walk around and see the serious people with a copy of it. I am not a spokesman for this book but because I have used it to such good effect, I felt a need to comment further after seeing that it was making its way around the company. I hope Tanel Poder and the other authors do another one.

Hail Flavius!

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UPDATE 29-NOV-2011

Here is an example of why this book works for people in the trenches. My boss recently asked me for proof that the EXADATA platform was benefiting the applications and database we were migrating to it. "Kevin, I need proof we are getting benefit from EXADATA before we continue to push systems to this platform.". Well... I knew exactly what to do. In demostrating EXADATA the book has pages that shows how to do this (for this question it was page 53 I think?). I went back to the chapter I remembered, read up to the page, and then ran the scripts and queries suggested. I then had the proof my boss needed. "See Boss, even on the poor side, our queries are getting a 5 to 1 lift in reduced I/O because of EXADATA. EXADATA is passing back only 1/5th the data it would have been required to move around on 9i.". He was surprised, and happy at the same time. So this is one example of what I mean when I say the book is for practitioners. The book gives you knowledge and then provides examples of typical ways you use that knowledge.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bert Scalzo on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic technical tome on all things Exadata. Outstanding coverage includes intro of the technology, hardware configurations, administration tasks, performance monitoring and diagnostics, wait events, backup & recovery, and application SQL tuning. Quite easily one of the two best books I've ever read regarding any Oracle technology (The other being Guy Harrison's Oracle Performance Survival Guide). I've met some of the book's authors over the years at various Oracle events (e.g. Hotsos) and thus knew these guys were top notch. But this book still totally blew me away even expecting it to be great knowing who it was coming from. I've been doing Oracle databases for over 20 years, written nine book myself, taught for Oracle Education, and worked extensively with all things Oracle. In fact I'm an Oracle ACE. So I know a good book when I see one - and this book is tops. You will not be disappointed - worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Loewenthal on August 7, 2013
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Their are only a couple of books on Exadata and this one is certainly the best one. Their are approximately 3000 Exadata installations per Oracle Support Mgmt. When I was researching which Exadata book to buy I only found 3 or 4 other books. I read excerpts from the other Exadata books and they do not go into the level of detail that Expert Oracle Exadata goes into. The authors are well known in the industry and the book is well written. The only issue I have is that I am working on Exadata X3 and this book was written for the X2. Obviously this does not reflect on the quality of the book and most of it does apply to the X2.

It would have been nice to have a chapter on ZFS and using ZFS to backup Exadata. Many Exadata implementations use ZFS because it is the only back solution (currently) that will plug into the Infiniband network on Exadata. It is the fastest way to backup Exadata at several Terabytes per hour.

Most of the chapter on parallel execution can be applied to non-Exadata and it does a great job of explaining new features in 11g.

The most important chapter is Chapter 2. After reading this chapter you will know how to determine if Smart Scans (aka offloading) are working for your SQL. The book will give you a few ideas on how to modify your environment to enable Smart Scans and see if they help or not.

Chapter 10 covers wait events and it also a very important chapter. The wait events that are specific to Exadata are documented here with examples and comparisons to non-Exadata DBs. The examples include SQL traces that help you determine if Smart scans are working or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on September 23, 2011
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Written in a surprisingly readable style, this one took me off the fence regarding Exadata. Here you will find thorough research well-presented. If you are at all interested in this technology and would like to know more, and get it in a non-whitepaper, non-hyped way, this book won't disappoint. My congrats to the author on a great job.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guy Harrison on September 8, 2011
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This is an outstanding technical reference on a very important new Oracle technology. I'm very impressed by every aspect of this book. It's incredibly easy to read given the complex nature of the topic and balances technical depth and breadth extremely well.

If you are using Exadata then buying this book is a no brainer. However, even if you are just interested in database technology and want to get a handle on the latest in Oracle database architecture then this book is still a recommended purchase.

The book contains excellent introductions to unique Exadata technologies such as smart scans, columnar compression , flash cache, and storage indexes. It also covers migration, configuration and monitoring. The chapters fit together very nicely to create a complete and practical overview of Exadata architecture, and they can be read individually if you want to quickly get familiar with a particular aspect.

Buying this book is the best and fastest way to get up to speed with Exadata
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