Open Insights 32 – Different Heritages

OPEN INSIGHTS Newsletter
Issue 32 – Different Heritages
June 1, 2007

by Sean Hull

Founder and Senior Consultant
Heavyweight Internet Group

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In This Issue:

1. Feature:Different Heritages

2. Upcoming Speaking Engagements

3. New Articles
4. Audio Interviews
5. Current Reading
6. Lightweight Humor

7. Miscellaneous

8. Past Issues
9. Technical Articles
10. About Heavyweight Internet Group


1. Feature: Different Heritages


It’s always refreshing to hear a new word in a speech, or other opening address. L

ast month at Collaborate, listening to Charles Phillip’s keynote, he talked among o

ther things, about “different heritages” when referring to the various acquisitions

that Oracle has made in the past year.


Heritage is a great word, for it refers to things that are past on, but carries the

cultural value of tradition, so it’s not a word often used to refer to technologie

s that are passed on. It really speaks to the ideas of open and closed with respec

t to software solutions. These are seperate and distinct traditions with different

heritages which are not encountering a clash of civilizations. We talked in Open

Interviews 01 with Paul Vallee, and how open source databases are providing a downw

ard pressure on licensing fees to commercial products. In some cases there is also

a pressure to innovate, with more players producing solutions with more features.

And on the open source side there’s pressure to assimilate for companies to provid

e add-ons for fees, or build some parts with proprietary components. And there’s a

lso the pressure to iron out meaning in the legal arena.


As I’ve always emphasized to clients, we’re a big proponent of the “whatever works”

philosophy. That is, whatever best solves the problem at hand, be it commercial,

open-source, or some combination thereof, considering all the short term (licensing

), and long-term (supply of skills, time + cost to maintain) factors. As these two

worlds continue to intersect and collide it can only serve to benefit end users an

d the rest of us in business. We will continue to report on those technology fragm

ents, and conglomerates as they emerge. So stay tuned.

2. Speaking Engagements

Last month was the

Collaborate 2007 conference in Las Vegas Nevada. I ended up giving two talks, one on Monday, and one on Tuesday. I’ve uploaded video of both of them.

3. New Articles

Oracle 10g RAC versus DataGuard for High Availability

4. Audio Interviews

In our most recent interview we had the opportunity to talk with Norman Yamada CTO of Millburn Corporation.

Norman shares with us his experiences providing world-class computing solutions, and the pros and cons of doing it with open source.

We’ve also moved our podcast to Odeo for Audio Podcast hosting. It is a great service, and provides all the RSS and subscribe links automatically. So please subscribe if you haven’t already!

5. Current Reading


The Dip – By Seth Godin

Seth’s books always illuminate something in a new light, and his latest title is no exception. In it he talks about the controversial idea of quitting, but not the kind where one gives up, but rather the one where someone jumps to the right opportunity when they are no longer contributing and growing where they are.


A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation by Richard Bookstaber

Bookstaber’s title illustrates a concept that financial markets will continue to surprise and behave chaotically as they are driven by that interminable and forever fickle, human behavior.


Forecasting Oracle Performance – Craig Shallahamer

APress strikes again with this great title on Oracle Performance Tuning by a very able writer Craig Shallahamer. Recommended.


6. Lightweight Humor

More onion this month…

Apple Unveils New Product-Unveiling Product

7. Miscellaneous


I’ve turned up some interesting podcasts this month to share with readers. Enjoy!


SpikeSource is an interesting company that specializes in packaging, supporting, and in a sense certifying reliable combinations of those projects for the enterprise customer. I found that they have an excellent podcast series, which I’ve been listening too. Definitely worth your time:

The Business of Open-source Podcast


NPR – Technology Podcast

If you enjoy NPR, you might like their technology show. It comes out every Wednesday.


This Week In Tech

This series has been around for a while, and interviews some of the heavies in the technology space.

8. Past Issues

Issue 31: Auto or Traffic Engineer

Issue 30: Crowdsourcing

Issue 29: Mainroads or Sidestreets

Issue 28: High Availability

Issue 27: Fragile Foundations

Issue 26: Logistical Fitness

Issue 25: Which Red Button
Issue 24: Consulting Conflicts of Interest
Issue 23: Devil In The Details
Issue 22: Beware of Software Fashion
Issue 21: Open Season, Open Sesame?
Issue 20: Better Web Better Business
Archive: Past Issues

9. Technical Articles

Oracle DBA Interview: click here
Tools for the Intrepid DBA: click here
Oracle9i + RAC on Linux/Firewire: click here
Migrating MySQL to Oracle: click here
MySQL Disaster Recovery: click here

10. About Heavyweight Internet Group

In a nutshell, Oracle. Everything related to and surrounding the database technology we specialize in, but specifically setup, admin and tuning of Oracle technology. I have 10 years experience with Oracle, wrote a book on the technology, and write and lecture frequently. I’m founder and senior consultant of the company. In capacities where your company might hire Deloitte, AIG, or Oracle Consulting we can bring the same level of service and experience, at about half the price. Simple equation.

Looking for top-flight a DBA? Visit us on the web at iheavy.com.