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Speaking at the Oracle User Group Norway 2013 Spring Conference   Leave a comment

Between April 17th  and April 19th   I was invited to participate the Oracle User Group Norway 2013 conference by giving three presentations. This conference was held  in Oslo  Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel on the first day (April 17th), and then was moved to the Color Major Cruise ship Between Oslo, Norway and Kiel , Germany on the second day (April 18th)  and the third day (April 19th).  


The conference was one of the best organized conferences I have ever seen. The conference organizers really have done the great job to make this conference such an great experience. There were about three hundred peoples attending the conference, most from Norway plus more than 30 speakers from all over the world. Among them there are many industry well-known speakers such as Tom Kyte ,  Cary Millsap , Kuassi Mensah, Bryn Llewellyn,  etc  .The topics covered many areas in Oracle Technology, ranging from Oracle Database and MySQL core technology for DBAs, database  and applications tuning, BI/DWH, Development, Middleware and Security. From these sessions,  the audiences and speakers can really share and exchange the experiences.  It also covered some topics on the Oracle 12c database such as portable database, new high availability features, new security feature. My three presentation topics were:


During these sessions, I had some great discussions with people on the sessions. One thing I really appreciated is that many people attended my PCIe SSD session by giving up the opportunity of sightseeing in the beautiful Germany port city Kiel as this SSD session happened to be  in middle of short time when the cruise ship stayed in Kiel and allowed people to have a short sightseeing in the city.

This trip was also my first time of visiting Norway. I really enjoyed visiting many beautiful sighseeing places in Oslo: the Royal Palace Oslo, Akershus Fortress, Oslo City Hall, Opera House, Norway National Theater, Aker Brygge/Oslo Fjord waterfront area . The nice thing about visiting Oslo is that all of these major tourism attractions were within the walking distance of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel. For this I really want to thank the conference organizer for arranging such a great hotel at the very convenient location.

From the Cruise Line, I was able to see many  breath-taken views of the sea port of Oslo and many small islands floating around outside of the port. What incredible views!



It has been a great learning opportunity for me through many discussions on my sessions and as well as by attending other speaker’s sessions. The conference has been a great experience to meet the friends and share experiences with the colleagues in this part of the world. By having a chance to get to know the people and colleagues that are working on the same area, we can expect more collaborations and knowledge sharing to continue after the conference.


I will really look forward to coming back again next year or in future  to participate the conference.



My Experiences with Oracle Cloud and Oracle VM technology   9 comments

It was a great honor for me to recieve the  industry prestigeous award “2012 Oracle Excellence Award: Technologist of the Year for Cloud Architect  ”  from Oracle Mazgine. Although I received this award at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco in early Octorber 2012, the award was officially announced on the  Oracle Magzine’s January/Feburary 2013 issue . im08t0-awards-tech-yu-1875816 - Copy

My original backgroud was Oracle DBA and Oracle Applications DBA. My experiences was mainly  on managing large Oracle RAC databases and Oracle E-Business applications suite running on complex muitple nodes environment such an Oracle Grid.  In late 2008, as a part of addtional responsibilites of  my job, I  started  working on Oracle virtualization technology  specifically   Oracle VM  for X86-64 platform .  Since then Oracle VM has become of one of my favour technologies. Natually I started looking at the best practices of running and deployment Oracle RAC databas, Oracle E-Business  suite applications on the Oracle VM enviroment.  The Oracle OpenWorld 2009 confernece allowed me to give three presentation sessions about  my work on Oracle VM technology:

And the contents of these presentations were also published in three whitepapers:

In 2010, Oracle Introduced the Oracle E-Business Oracle VM template. I was working on  a  project  for which I needed  to  deploy Oracle E-Business Applications on Oracle VM environment . However I noticed that the Oracle EBS VM template downloaded from Oracle was a general template for the Oracle EBS vision instance. For the project, I needed to find out a way to virtualize the exisiting  production Oracle E-Business suite system that currently ran on the physical environment . That is the backround that I came up the solution to  migrate the Oracle EBS suite t to a virtual environment. As a result of the project, I put toegther a whitepaper about this solution:

and also presented this solution at several Oracle conferences:

I also worked on provisioning database and applications using Oracle Enterprise Manager’s Software library and provisioning procedures  It can be considerred the early version of Oracle Cloud application provioning methods. Built in with Oracle Enterprise Grid control 10g, this  method can  quickly provision multiple node Oracle 10g RAC . Some of the early projects were presented at Oracle OpenWorld and Collaborate conferences:

As a  part of Oracle Enetrprise Manager 12c cloud beta efforts, I worked with Oracle EM12c product engineers and product managers on a Dell | Oracle joint Oracle cloud project. This project aimed to architect and implement a privare cloud solution based on Oracle VM and managed by Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  By importing Oracle VM templates into the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c’s software library, on this project we were able to  implement  the self service provisioning of applications  in the Oracle cloud environment using Oracle VM templates. The result of this project was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, right after Oracle officially announced Oracle Enetrprise Manager 12c, total cloud control solution. 

In 2012, as Oracle released new version of Oracle VM 3.0, we upgraded this cloud  to Oracle VM 3.1.1 and implemented the self provisioning multiple tier applications   using Oracle virtual assembilies. the newer version of Oracle cloud was presentated at Oracle Openworld 2012:

Another area I have worked on is the Oracle database cloud based on Oracle RAC technology with or without Oracle VM:

These are some of presentations that  I have given on this area:

My Activities at Collaborate 12 conference: Sessions and Panels   Leave a comment

The biggest annual Oracle community event IOUG/OAUG/QUEST Collaborate conference will be held from April 22-26, 2012 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. This year, I was asked to organize two educational events during the conference for IOUG: Oracle EM12c Deep Dive and High Availability Boot Camp. In addition I will give  three technical presentations and attend a few panel discussions. Here are the detailed agenda.

1.   Lead the Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control Deep Dive, Session #920, 9:am-3:pm, Sunday ,April 22nd, Room 8,  

Title: New Features and the Best Practices for Installation, Configuration and Upgrade of Enterprise Manager 12c, Akanksha Sheoran(Oracle),  Bala Kuchibhotla(Oracle),  Mathew Mckerly (Oracle), Roger Lopez(Dell), Kai Yu (Dell)
Abstract: Recently Oracle released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c cloud control as a total cloud control solution that provides a complete lifecycle management of the entire IT infrastructure. This deep dive will provide an educational opportunity focused on this new management solution. First you will learn the best practices of how to install and configure Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c along with how to upgrade your current Enterprise Manager grid control to the new 12c cloud control. Then you will learn how to leverage some of the best features of Enterprise Manager 12c to manage your IT infrastructure. Finally, you will explore how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 to manage a provide cloud infrastructure.

 2. Manage IOUG Collaborate 12 High Availability Boot Camp at Room 8, Monday, April 23, 9:45am-Tueday 24 5:30pm for12 HA Boot Camp sessions:#334, #548, #840, #225, #649, #184, #371, #633, #544, #711, #492, #373.

 3. High Availability Boot Camp presentation: Alternative Options to Enhance the High Availability of your Oracle Database, Session 840, Room 8, Mon, Apr 23, 2012 (12:15 PM – 12:45 PM)

Abstract: You want to run your database in a high availability configuration; Oracle RAC provides the great solution to achieve the high availability against the server failure. However Oracle RAC license can be very expensive especially if your database is running on a physical server with a high number of CPU cores. Are there any other alternative options to achieve high availability for your database? This presentation will examine two practical solutions to this problem: Oracle Real Application Clusters One Node, and running database in a virtual environment such as Oracle VM. Both these solutions allow you to run a single node Oracle database with the capability to migrate or fail over to other server in case a server failure. Come to this session to learn how to implement and manage these solutions:

 4. Virtualization Boot Camp presentation: Virtualizing Oracle 11g/R2 RAC Database on Oracle VM 3.0, Room 17, Mon, Apr 23, 2012 (03:45 PM – 04:45 PM)

Abstract: Virtualization technology provides the solution to enable the server partition and consolidation for improving the resource utilization and archiving the great flexibility and high availability. Combining Oracle VM with Oracle RAC provides the Database Cloud ready architecture to consolidate the data center infrastructure. The new Oracle VM 3.0 release not only improved the scalability, but also introduced the new Oracle VM Manager to provide centralized management and simplify and automate network and storage configuration. This session will share the experiences of author’s experience on Oracle VM 3.0 through beta program to the production release and give a step-by-step guild to configure such a virtual infrastructure for Oracle 11g R2 RAC database You will learn the basic Oracle VM architecture as well as the tips and tricks of configuring networks and shared storage through Oracle VM Manager 3.0 on the Oracle VM server layer as well as the Oracle virtual machine level to support 11g R2 RAC database deployment and operation. This presentation also discuss the Oracle RAC VM templates for the rapid deployment of Oracle RAC cluster on Oracle VM and some configuration best practices and methods to monitor and manage the performance of RAC database on Oracle VM with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

 5. Configuring and Managing a Private Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Session #312 Room 17 , Tue, Apr 24, 2012  4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Abstract: Recently released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control provides a complete, out-of-the-box integrated solution for total private cloud management. This session will have a step-by-step walk-through for cloud and self-service administrators who are setting up a private cloud based on Oracle VM 3.0 provide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). You will learn the experiences from our private cloud project that helps speed your cloud deployment and minimize risk. The presentation also shows how to provision application services by using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c self-service capabilities and manage application capacity dynamically.

 6. Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Customer Advisory Board meeting: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:45 AM – 2:00 PM

 7. Oracle on Oracle VM – Expert Panel, Oracle VM Expert Panel, Wednesday, April 25, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, Location, Room 14, Panelists: Tariq Faooq, Honglin Su(Oracle), Mike Adult, Kai Yu   

Description: Virtualization is the foundation stone in the Cloud Computing era.
The speakers will present, detail & elaborate Comprehensive Concepts Overview, Insight, Recommendations,  Best Practices, Current Strategies, Pros & Cons, Relevance/Role in Cloud Computing, Prevalent/Dominant Paradigms & Technologies and, a whole lot more about Virtualization as, it relates to Oracle DBAs from the perspective of Oracle on Oracle VM.

8. Oracle RAC Expert Panel: schedule not confirmed.

9. Oracle RAC SIG Birds of a feather Panel: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager will be announced at Oracle OpenWorld 2011   Leave a comment

At this coming Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle will announece the new release
of Oracle Enetrprise Manager. In last few months, as a beta partner,
we have actively involved on the POC project of upgrading our current
version of Oracle Enterprise Manager to this new release.

I would recommend we should attend the following Oracle OpenWorld Sessions to learn the new release of Oracle Enterprise Manager and the best way to upgrade from your current Oracle Enetrprise Manager to this
new release Oracle Enterrpise Manager:

1) Session #20000, Oracle Enterprise Manager Upgrade Best Practices MosconeS, Wednesday, 05:00 PM, Moscone South – 309 by Akanksha Sheoran Kaler, the senior product manager for Oracle Enterprise Manager at Oracle.

Description: The latest release of Enterprise Manager has arrived. While you may be eager to put it in action, you are also concerned about how to upgrade your current system without disrupting your ongoing monitoring. This session will cover the best practices for upgrading Enterprise Manager and how to make the upgrade seamless and uneventful.

2) Session 07633 – Upgrading Oracle Enterprise Manager, Using Best Practices,Thursday, 01:30 PM, InterContinental – InterContinental Ballroom A-, Roger Lopez (Dell), Kai Yu (Dell), Akanksha Sheoran Kaler (Oracle)

Description: This session examines options and methods available for performing Oracle Enterprise Manager upgrades with minimal downtime and that fit your business needs. You will learn about upgrade approaches and best practices. The presentation highlights the worst mistakes you can make, the key steps you can skip, and common errors that will cause your upgrade to fail.