The 2016 Leap Second in the Cloud: It’s spread out for Oracle DBs on RDS

The 27th leap second will be officially applied December 31, 2016 at 23:59:60 UTC. For Oracle DB instances on RDS the following applies:

  • RDS will spread out the leap second equally in the 24h surrounding the timestamp above.
  • After this period RDS time will be in sync with  Cordinated Universal Time.
  • This applies for Oracle DB instances with versions 11.2.0.2, 11.2.0.3, and 12.1.0.1. They will follow AWS Adjusted Time that is applied to RDS.

Oracle Container Cloud Service (OCCS)

Docker has undergone a dramatic evolution in only the last couple of years. From virtually unknown in 2014, it still seemed to be a exotic, niche open source solution when WebLogic was certified on Docker in early 2015.

Nowadays this is different. End of 2016 it has become very common to explore new software by just running an official Docker image from Docker hub. CI / CD pipelines are often built on Docker for repeatability. Docker is one of the key building blocks for runtime environments of those wandering down the microservices alley.

However, you need much more than just a starting a Docker container or two. You need infrastructure, networking, private and public registries, containers have to be scaled and restarted if they fail. All this needs to be installed, configured, and operated. On premises this is not an easy task.

There is a huge difference between spinning up a Docker container and operating a Kubernetes cluster for enterprise critical applications 24/7 in production. So the the obvious choice is often the cloud with a PaaS based container cloud service.

Oracle Container Cloud Service (OCCS) is the newest addition in the Oracle Cloud portfolio. It was built to solve the issues discussed in this posting. The following webcast helps you to understand the key components of OCCS. If you follow it, you can have a worldwide monitoring of your own domain running in some 5 minutes on a hosted Docker container.

Those who know my WebLogic Distinctive Recipes book understand that I am not a big fan of those click here, screenshot, then click there, screenshot articles – therefore I created the webcast for you with a working example that is not already in OCCS. Make sure to read the OCCS documentation anyway.

 

Let me know if you like it!

 

DOAG Conference 2015 – It’s a wrap!

 

20151117_175947DOAG Conference is completed and it was a good one. I did two presentation, both are available for download now from the official DOAG site and from slidshare:

Also I enjoyed meeting my top 3 customers at the conference, attending some great sessions about Hadoop Security, API management and Dueck’s keynote (elaborating about how to treat techies more like cats than dogs, instead of talking about volkswagening). Also, for the first time we had an Oracle ACE dinner organized by Björn Rost and Martin Klier – thanks to OTN!

 

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Interview: The (Emerging) Role of the Cloud Architect

I did an interview in San Francisco hosted by Bob Rhubart with some well known folks of the industry including Sten Vesterli, Ronald Luttikhuizn, Simon Haslam, Arturo Viveros, and Ron Batra about the role of the cloud architect.

IMHO we won’t see many people with the job title Cloud Architect on their business card. It’s increasingly important and disruptive tech, every architect, team leader and CIO has to deal with it, however it’s tech that you as a professional have to understand. The cloud changes a lot if you do it right, read my article about cloud benefits.

Enjoy listening to the interview.bob