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Author: Patrick Gates
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What Do Oracle’s Changed Certification Guidelines Mean?

Your Oracle certification may be set to expire. Most certified Oracle DBAs will need to re-certify before March 2016.

Patrick Gates | January 7, 2016

Oracle Continues Issuing Huge Security Patches

Oracle’s critical security patch releases in 2015 have been anything but routine, with each of the 3 to date designed to address roughly 100 vulnerabilities.

Patrick Gates | November 18, 2015

Never Run Oracle on Windows

Ideally, you’ll want to run Oracle products on a supported operating system. If there are any issues, you can get the support as intended.

Patrick Gates | June 15, 2015

Your First 30 Days as a DBA Manager

Have you found yourself thrust into new responsibilities within your IT department as a manager overseeing database operations?

Patrick Gates | November 5, 2014

The Importance of Finding Skilled IT Staffers

Those in charge of infrastructure operations typically try to identify technologies and changes in processes that will help an organization and its IT department become more effective.

Patrick Gates | June 11, 2014

4 Top Trends in Database Management

Trends come and go, but many new concepts for database management are not flavor-of-the-month fads but have staying power, as well as the power to transform organizations.

Patrick Gates | June 9, 2014

What Is NSX?

NSX was one of the acronyms on everyone’s lips at VMworld, but what is it and what does it mean to your organization?

Patrick Gates | November 1, 2013

Database Administrators Don’t Need to Trip on ACID

ACID is a set of properties that guarantee reliability of transactions, but with new database structures, how important is ACID?

Patrick Gates | October 25, 2013

Migrating Legacy Databases to the Cloud

With the proper strategy in place, you can free your legacy in the cloud and use it to your organization’s advantage.

Patrick Gates | October 21, 2013

What Is NewSQL?

NewSQL is a new database access language being touted as superior to SQL. So, what is a NewSQL database and what makes it different from SQL?

Patrick Gates | October 15, 2013

Data Scientists: What You Need to Know Before Hiring One

Companies are increasingly interested in hiring data scientists to help them sort through and extract value from their growing mounds of Big Data.

Patrick Gates | October 9, 2013

Database Partitioning Options

What are the partitioning options available to database administrators? There are two primary approaches: horizontal and vertical partitioning.

Patrick Gates | October 4, 2013

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