A while ago Kevin Closson announced a new release of the well-known SLOB kit.
SLOB is a simple but powerful toolkit that drives lots and lots of IO on a real Oracle database (so for performance testing of database platforms, it’s much better than synthetic IO tests).
A previous version was bundled [...]
If you want to get your hands dirty with Oracle database, the first thing you have to do is build a system that actually runs Oracle database. Unless you have done that several times before, chances are that this will take considerable time spent on trial-and-error, several reinstalls, fixing install [...]
Many customers these days are implementing Oracle on XtremIO so they benefit from excellent, predictable performance and other benefits such as inline compression and deduplication, snapshots, ease of use etc.
Those benefits come at a price and if you just consider XtremIO on a usable gigabyte basis, it does not come [...]
In my last post on ZFS I shared results of a lab test where ZFS was configured on Solaris x86 and using XtremIO storage. A strange combination maybe but this is what a specific customer asked for.
Another customer requested a similar test with ZFS versus ASM but on Solaris/SPARC and [...]
A short post in follow-up to the previous one on ZFS vs ASM:
I wrote that I had to create a procedure to get full table scans on SLOB data. SLOB is designed to do random I/O (and lots of it 😉 but my test required FTS as well.
Here is the [...]
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