…then calmly close the door and get back to work! They’ll be exceedingly happy!
The rate at which new applications pour forth from corporate IT is astounding. Nimble businesses, new and old, react to bright ideas quickly and doing so often requires a new application. Sure, the backbone ERP system is critical to the business and without it there would be no need for any other application in the enterprise. This I know. However…
When an application developer is done white-boarding a high-level design to respond to a bright idea in the enterprise it’s off to the DBA Team to get the train rolling for a database to back-end the new application. I’d like to tell the DBA Team what to tell the application developer. Are you ready? The response should be:
Go do it yourself! Leave me alone. I’m busy with the ERP system
You see, the DBA Team can say that and still be a good corporate citizen because this hypothetical DBA Team works in a 21st century IT shop where Database As A Service is not just something they read about in the same blog I’ve been following for several years, namely Steve Bobrowski’s blog Database As A Service.
Steve’s blog contains a list of some of the pioneers in this technology space. I’m hoping that my trackback to his blog will entice him to include a joint VMware/EMC product on the list. I’d like to introduce readers of this blog to a very exciting technology that I think goes a long way towards realizing the best of what cloud database infrastructure can offer:
I encourage readers to view this demo of vFabric Data Director and read the datasheet because this technology is not just chest-thumping IdeaWare™. I am convinced this is the technology that will allow those in the DBA community to tell their application developers to “go do it yourself” and make their company benefit from IT even more by doing so.
What Can This Post Possibly Have To Do With Oracle Exadata?
Folks who read this blog know I can’t resist injecting trivial pursuit.
The architect and lead developer of vFabric Data Director technology is one of the three concept inventors of Oracle Exadata or, as it was soon to be called within Oracle, Storage Appliance for Grid Environments (SAGE). One of the others of that “team of three” was a crazy-bright engineer with whom I spent time scrutinizing the affect of NUMA on spinlocks (latches) in Oracle Database in the Oracle8i time frame.
It is a small world and, don’t forget, if a gifted application developer approaches your desk for a timely, urgent request for database provisioning just tell him/her to go do it yourself! They’ll be glad you did!