This is the blog site of Chris Buckel.

Not this Chris Buckel though, nor this one. Not even this one, this one or this one. And definitely not this one – to the disappointment of some of my friends.

I have been working with Oracle databases since 1997, with various roles including developer, DBA, architect and consultant. In 2009, whilst working for Oracle Corporation in the UK, I became involved in the Exadata product – first as an engineer, then leading the UK team of engineers who supported, installed, configured and patched (and patched and patched) the Exadata machines of UK customers.

In 2012, just as Exadata skills were starting to be in demand around the UK, I surprised my colleagues (and myself) by leaving Oracle – and the comfort of the database industry – to join an All-Flash data storage company. Why did I do this? Two reasons really: frustration at my role within Oracle (I wanted to work in Sales instead of Delivery) and excitement at the potential for All Flash Arrays (AFAs) to change not just the storage world but the whole of enterprise I.T.

The AFA industry is a tidal change in enterprise storage, with customers moving to replace all spinning magnetic media in their data centres with flash technology. We call this the All-Flash Data Centre. All Flash Arrays give extremely high performance and yet compared to high performance spinning disk arrays use a fraction of the power, need less cooling and have a much smaller data centre footprint. More importantly, they unleash applications from the constraints of mechanical storage and let them function at the speed of flash. The I.T. industry needs this, because for decades storage (i.e. disk) has been the anchor that drags back servers and networking and stops us from reaping the true benefits of Moore’s Law.

This is not a corporate blog; it is my own site reflecting my own views. I aim to educate readers about storage (and flash in particular) as well as occasionally indulge in my favourite hobby: watching Oracle Corporation to see how it behaves towards customers, competitors and the market in general. Sometimes people think I am anti-Oracle but this could not be further from the truth; having spent 15 years working with Oracle products I have the highest expectations for the company.

So this blog marks the start of a new journey into the murky world of storage and documents my adventures in running Oracle databases on flash memory arrays…

Twitter: @flashdba        Email: flashdba @ gmail


6 Responses to About

  1. Khwaja Imran says:

    Very nice article. Read each & every article with lot of interest. I have been a DBA for 9 years & have entered into a IT Manager role. I can now really think of suggesting & implementing the flash storage concept for my organization’s newly implemented Oracle ERP databases running SUN Sparc M4000/M5000.

    Khwaja Imran

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  3. Hi Dominic here… Just curious did you ever mention who you are? Is the FlashDBA a mask of mystery?

    By the way you don’t have to say if you don’t want to and I won’t out you. Just curious for the reason.

    • flashdba says:

      Hello Dom, no it’s no big deal. When I first started blogging, shortly after leaving Oracle and joining Violin, I didn’t really have much to write about on the topic of flash memory… I was still learning the subject the hard way. So inevitably my first posts were all on the subjects I knew more about, such as Exadata. I’ve never disclosed anything confidential on that topic, nor any other related to my employment at Oracle, but a friend of mine in Club Ex-Oracle gave me some excellent advice and pointed out that since Oracle probably has more lawyers than Violin has employees it might be best not to poke the wasps’ nest, so to speak.

      I gave up on the idea of anonymity pretty early on but the name flashdba stuck and offers certain benefits, like being easier to remember and having a shorter URL. Also, I quite like the description in this dictionary definition from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/flash:

      flash (adj.)
      1. Happening suddenly or very quickly: flash freezing.
      2. Slang Ostentatious; showy: a flash car.
      3. Of or relating to figures of quarterly economic growth released by the government and subject to later revision.
      4. Of or relating to photography using instantaneous illumination.
      5. Of or relating to thieves, swindlers, and underworld figures.
      flash in the pan
      One that promises great success but fails.

  4. Ken Fisher says:

    Thank-you for “Understanding Flash”. Give me a year or two to digest all this, and I’ll drop in again with a meaningful comment. B-)

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