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  • 4 Key Use Cases for Oracle’s Multitenant Architecture

    by Robert Buda | Mar 19, 2015 | Cloud , Database Architecture , Oracle

    Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’re thinking of moving to Oracle Database 12c, “the first database designed for the cloud,” one of the most compelling reasons could be the Oracle Multitenant option. In this revolutionary new architecture, you can “plug” many Oracle databases into a single container database—no application changes required. Let’s quickly head off any potential confusion around the term “multitenant.” That word has been used for awhile in relation to sharing data elements (records) across databases, especially…..

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  • Get Your Oracle Databases Ready to Go Mobile

    by Robert Buda | Feb 27, 2015 | Oracle DBA

    Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the big questions on the minds of more and more Oracle database users is “How do we leverage our Oracle investment to enable mobile applications?” Mobility isn’t just about using a tablet or mobile phone. It’s about providing secure, reliable and fast access to backend data and processes (like CRM and ERP)—on-demand. That means anytime, anywhere, using whatever device. Today’s high-performance networks and advanced mobile platforms make mobility initiatives a possibility for many…..

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  • You Need More than a Firewall to Protect Your Oracle Databases

    by Robert Buda | Feb 19, 2015 | Database Security , Oracle DBA

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Unless you’ve been in suspended animation for the past few years, you know that major government agencies and global enterprises are hacked with numbing regularity despite their best efforts to defend themselves. Whether from nation states, cybercriminals or disgruntled staff, your Oracle databases are vulnerable to similar attack. In most organizations, two-thirds of sensitive and regulated data resides in databases. Those databases represent your organization’s “crown jewels,” yet they may as exposed as if they…..

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  • 5 Reasons Not to Put Your Oracle Databases in the Cloud

    by Robert Buda | Feb 13, 2015 | Best Practices , Cloud , Database Security , Oracle

    Reading Time: 3 minutes As I blogged about recently, Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is an important option for many Oracle database customers. But “data in the cloud” is not right for every business, and there are important issues to be aware of as you consider how or if to leverage DBaaS. Following are five concerns that might limit your use of DBaaS. This is not an exhaustive list, but it covers the most critical areas: One: Security constraints Your data is…..

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  • Is Database-as-a-Service Right for Your Company?

    by Robert Buda | Feb 4, 2015 | Best Practices , Database Security , Oracle DBA

    Reading Time: 2 minutes According to recent research, Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is projected to grow at almost 90% year over year, to about $2 billion by 2016. The key drivers, as you might expect, are costs and time saved. From SMBs to multinationals, organizations are moving Oracle databases to the cloud in droves. Actually, there are two ways to run a database in the cloud: DBaaS and virtual machine images. With DBaaS, you purchase access to a database service from…..

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  • Compliance 101 for Oracle DBAs

    by Robert Buda | Nov 25, 2014 | Backup and Recovery , Best Practices , Oracle DBA

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Regulatory compliance issues are top-of-mind for today’s senior executives. New laws and industry regulations are changing how organizations acquire, store, manage, retain and dispose of data. Every Oracle DBA should be aware of these changes because of their sweeping impacts on the DBA job role. Compliance goes hand-in-hand with security because regulations often mandate that organizations be able to attest or even prove that data—and therefore databases—are secure and controlled. In this context, Oracle DBAs…..

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  • The High Cost of Bad Data—And How To Avoid Paying It

    by Robert Buda | Nov 20, 2014 | Oracle DBA

    Reading Time: 2 minutes How much is bad data costing your organization? Data is only useful if it is timely, relevant and reliable. Incorrect, redundant and incomplete data introduces risks that negatively impact business operations and skew business analytics/decision-making. Poor data quality also impacts information security and compliance programs. And as businesses amass more and more data, just the cost of storing bad data becomes significant. Looking at “the big picture,” the cost of bad data to organizations is…..

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  • Anatomy of a Database Security Assessment

    by Robert Buda | Oct 22, 2014 | Database Security , Oracle DBA

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Data security is not a “set it and forget it” condition—it’s highly dynamic, changing as your environment evolves, new threats appear and new vulnerabilities are introduced. And as the recent rash of high-profile breaches in retail databases illustrate, securing your databases is at least as important as securing other parts of your infrastructure. The end of the year is often a time when we get things organized and throw out what we don’t need. It’s…..

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  • Top Oracle Database Security Threats Come from the Inside

    by Robert Buda | Sep 20, 2014 | Oracle DBA

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Your Oracle databases contain some of your company’s most valuable assets: financial data, customer data, intellectual property, corporate secrets and so on. That means they’ll be among the top targets of cybercriminals—both outside and inside the firewall. The fact that they sit behind your network doesn’t mean your Oracle databases aren’t vulnerable. And with the increase in the number and usage of databases, the frequency of attacks is also on the rise. While threats to…..

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  • Should You Outsource Oracle Database Patching and Upgrades?

    by Robert Buda | Aug 18, 2014 | Oracle DBA

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Upgrades and patches are a primary cause of planned downtime for Oracle databases and the applications that rely on them. Therefore, you need to have a strategy and process for your Oracle database upgrades that minimizes business disruption but does not postpone these essential tasks. Waiting to perform upgrades is likely to increase costs and downtime. Failure to apply patches in a timely manner not only can take longer and make things more complicated when…..

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