For those that are really familiar with running Oracle on production systems, you realize that it has issues (as do all databases) but there are certain things that you can ask of your database that after a while you start to take for granted. Particularly, all of the statistics and introspection tools that you can use to see what is really going on in the system. For a long time, I've used TOra for that.

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Theo Schlossnagle

Distributed Systems, Scalability, and Operations. read more

CEO - Circonus

Maryland, USA