Oracle OpenWorld Bound

Where’s Waldo?

As infrequently as I’ve posted over the last few months I’m sort of surprised I even have any readers remaining!

I will be at OpenWorld and I’d love to meet up with as many of you as I can. I’ll be working the Oracle Demo Ground in Moscone North on late Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Until that point I’ll be attending sessions and catching up with a lot of folks I only get to see at the show these days. Feel free to send me an email at the address listed in my contact section of the blog.

If you are one of the people who like, or dislike, my positions on Fibre Channel SANS (i.e., the “Manly Man Series”), or want to talk more about why most Oracle shops aren’t realizing hard drive bandwidth, then send me a note and we’ll see if we can chat.

I’m really looking forward to the show this year. There seems to be significant buzz about the show, as this article will attest.

Don’t forget to stop by the official OpenWorld Blog.

6 Responses to “Oracle OpenWorld Bound”

  1. 1 Brett Schroeder September 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    So, what is the big announcement and what have you been working on for the past few months? As someone new to Oracle, I have missed your highly educational blogs – hoping you’ll pick it up again after OOW.

    Going out on a limb here…. my $0.02 is that Oracle will announce column-store capability – given your storage expertise, this could be the kind of thing you have been developing/testing the last few months 🙂

  2. 2 kevinclosson September 19, 2008 at 4:10 pm


    Cut me some slack. I haven’t blurted out what it is for over a year and I certainly don’t intend to now.

  3. 3 Brett Schroeder September 19, 2008 at 7:04 pm


    My question was rhetorical – apologies if it never came across that way. Obviousy, I do not really expect you to disclose this information.

    Greg Rahn pointed out a paper that seems to do a good job of showing that column- vs row-store performance is not at all cut and dried (

  4. 4 kevinclosson September 19, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    No worries, Brett. I’ve covered the row-vs column religion too of course. I look at it this way. All the columnar guys explicitly state it is not fit for OLTP. So here we are again with a purpose-build approach that isn’t applicable to both sides of your business (OLTP, DSS). How many database product do you want to maintain. In the end, if you want to scan only columns, create an index. Even the DATAllegro zealots use the term (index-light) when they sing the praises of that approach…meaning, they like indexes as long as there aren’t that many of them. My reply to that? “No Kidding.”

    Thanks for stopping by Brett.

  5. 5 DW Consultant September 20, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Oracle is coming out with a very pre packaeged offering with HP like IBM came out with BCU. Thats about it. It has no legs.Its marketing and only marketing.

  6. 6 kevinclosson September 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for that, DW, come back Wednesday afternoon and let us know how prescient you were today.

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