Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My profile in Peer to Peer of Oracle Magazine

For the first time, I have been profiled in the Peer to Peer Section
in Oracle Magazine of May June 2009. Here is the page. What did I talk about? Grid Control, of course!

For space reasons, the magazine had to leave out some lines from the profile,
that I am reproducing here fully:

What technology has most changed your life? Oracle grid technology, including Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control and all the great management packs. I am an Oracle Grid Computing enthusiast: I really like the advanced capabilities of Oracle Grid Control for tasks such as patching databases in an automated schedule, setting and scheduling Oracle RMAN [Oracle Recovery Manager] backups on the fly, and issuing SQL scripts and OS commands against any database or server. Oracle Grid Control has the potential to automate a lot of tedious DBA tasks.

What would you like to see Oracle, as a company, do more of? Oracle has demonstrated technical and thought leadership since its inception in 1977, the year of Star Wars. The most recent example of innovative technology is the announcement that we can use Oracle Grid Control to back up our databases directly to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, thus negating the requirement for tape drives and offline storage of backups. My request would just be to keep up the technical and thought leadership. That’s what all Oracle DBAs appreciate.

What green practices do you use in your DBA work? I don’t print anything—I keep everything as electonic copies. Recently my office moved locations, and I was the only one to have a clean, green desk. All I had to move was my laptop and phone. The others were astonished.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot? There is no country as beautiful as India. I love the countryside, the undulating hills, and the villages. This is life at its most spiritual and simplest. The ocean shores of India are also very beautiful, and I love to visit these sandy beaches. I also like to vacation in Udwada in Gujarat, which is a pilgrimage spot for our ancient Zoroastrian religion. There’s a holy fire there that’s been burning for more than 1200 years.

2 comments:

arunshanbhag said...

Porus, Congratulations!

Good to see the work that you do!
Arun

Porus Homi Havewala (પોરસ હોમી હવેવાલા) said...

Thanks a lot Arun! Good to come into contact with you again after all these years. Thanks to the power of LinkedIn.com.

Arun is my childhood school friend. We studied in Holy Name High School Mumbai together, a school and city we are all proud of.

His family owns a South Indian restaurant in Mumbai near the school, where we used to enjoy delicious food in.

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