‘This is a very interesting article by Robert Westervelt over at Tech Target, and I wanted to make a couple of follow-on comments.

Way back when, as a DBA, my morning ritual was to get into the office, grab a cup of coffee, and review the database and web app logs. Just wanted to make sure that the databases were running smoothly and there was nothing unusual going on I had a single web app and 5 or so databases. Took about 30 minutes. But that was pre-tech collapse, where DBA’s only had 10 or so databases to manage. If you are managing 100 or more database, you are not reviewing logs on a regular basis without automation. Whether it be security, systems management or configuration management, you have to have help. And today, you are buying a tool for each, and of those, 2 of the 3 are not typically supplied by the database vendor or the tools vendor. We talk a lot about security products for databases here at Securosis, but few of them operate the way that DBAs and IT operations personal want them to work. Yes, I understand separation of duties and I understand that the DBA is not the best person to provide security analysis, but still, a single platform to provide all these operational aspects would make sense.

I used to love to go to the IOUG events around the country. I used to give presentations at some, but I wanted to go because I always learned something from the lectures or presentations. There was such a wealth of knowledge, and when you have hundreds of DBA’s with unique problems and willing to experiment, they often run across very cool solutions. I ran across some Perl scripts once for data discovery that were really amazing, and I borrowed from this source as much as I could. It dawned on me that Oracle has an amazing resource here and does not leverage this for either their, or their users, benefit. The model I am thinking of is Firefox and the community plug-ins. It would be nice to have the ability to browse and download utilities from the community at large and try them out. OEM could really use that kind of lightweight option. And, yes, this means I have my doubts that Fusion Middleware is going to be leveraged by the people that manage Oracle platforms and databases.