How DBMS Vendors Admit to an Architectural Limitation: Part 1 – Oracle Exadata

Database vendors don’t usually admit to shortcomings… they protest that they have no shortcomings until the market suggests otherwise… then they make some sort of change that signals an admission. This post will explore three of these admissions: Oracle and the shared-nothing architecture, DB2 on the mainframe and the shared-nothing architecture, and Teradata and in-memory…

No Empathy for DevOps

Ugh. I loved the concept of DevOps and talked it up in the companies I was associated with. Within a database DevOps had a long history as both database products, database ETL facilities, and end-user applications became more dev-operable. The idea that infrastructure had to become code has been a part of the best DBA’s mantra…

A New Year Announcement

Let me start the New Year by announcing that I have a new job as the CTO of the US Social Security Administration. I am in an appointed position, part of the President’s administration, but with a technical, not a political or policy charter.  It is daunting and exciting… The SSA IT staff are switched on and extremely competent……