Exadata Book

Here’s some white Exaddata text

Well, I guess it’s official. A couple of weeks ago I committed to write an Exadata book for Apress, along with my intrepid co-author Randy Johnson. For those of you who don’t know Randy, he’s a very experienced Oracle Guy with a wealth of knowledge, particularly around RAC. I think the two of us make a pretty good team – making up for each others weaknesses (oh wait, I should say we have “Complimentary Skill Sets” – yeah that sounds better).

Anyway, it turns out that writing a book is a lot of work! The way Tom Kyte turns them out I thought it must be pretty easy, but I’ve always been a little overconfident. So I’m starting to realize that I may not have time to do as many blog posts as I might like. But I must say that I am really excited about the subject matter! So I think it will be worth the effort. By the way, that’s not the official cover art (or even the official title as far as I know). I just hacked that together with a Adobe Illustrator. 😉

As I have said many times, I think the Exadata storage software will usher in a whole new era in relational databases. Not just for Oracle, because you know the other guys will be trying to follow in their footsteps. But I think Oracle is miles ahead at this point, and they own their own hardware platform. Oracle claims that it has been their most successful product launch ever and I believe it. They are starting to pop up like weeds. It will be very interesting to see what the future holds for this platform. To be honest, I think we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg at this point. Anyway, I appreciate the guys at Apress having the faith in us to take on this project. I hope we don’t disappoint them (I don’t think we will).


  1. daryl says:

    Please no filler — give us the new relevant Exadata info. Dont fall into temptations of rehashing chapters on sqlplus and rman commands.

    Looking forward to seeing it..

  2. Olivier says:

    Can’t wait to read it … good luck !

  3. Congratulations. You’ve proved that you can write over time with this blog – but I warn you when you get to the review stage it feels like being in school again. Or it did to me anyway. nouns,prepositions etc etc and all confused.

    Good Luck and find the time/.

  4. BunditJ says:

    I’d definitely buy your book once published. Anyway, you will also have the “Complimentary book set” by Osborne Oracle Press book 🙂

  5. Peter Bach says:

    thanks for taken on this challange, i look forward to see read the book. I always admire people who commit to a project like this as it is a lot of work. I have been running ExaData for our warehouse for the past 2 months, so let me know if you need people to review the book or part of the book and i’ll be more than happy to help out.

  6. Michael Fontana says:

    Congratulations and good luck with the book. I can’t wait to read it. Shouldn’t it have a weasel on the cover?

  7. osborne says:

    Thanks for the encouragement guys.

    Daryl, we don’t plan on using any filler, just pure beef.

    Niall, already getting a taste of that on Karen’s book. 😉

    Peter, I may just take you up on that offer.


  8. Karl Arao says:

    Can’t even wait for the Alpha release.. 🙂

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  10. roy hayrosa says:

    cant wait for this to be available. 🙂

  11. Dion Cho says:

    I’ve been wondering why the market does not have Exadata book yet.

    It’s time to have a great book on Exadata – Expert Oracle Exadata


  12. Kapil Goyal says:

    Congrats!! Look forward to see it..

  13. Yasser says:

    Approximately when this book will be released??

    Curiosly waiting…

  14. osborne says:

    It will be a while. Not until next spring most likely.


  15. Vishal Desai says:

    Apress usually releases Alpha version of ebook. I couldn’t find that on apress.com.

  16. osborne says:


    I’m not really familiar with how the Alpha program works. I’d suggest checking with the Apress folks.


  17. Vishal Desai says:

    Alpha chapters are now available from apress.com. I just finished reading chapter 3 (HCC). The contents are great and it starts with concepts followed by lot of examples, comparing outputs and in the end with some real world examples. I was little hesitant in past to read everything about Exadata as it’s a software plus hardware product which I cannot install it on my laptop but when I was reading chapter 3 I felt like I was sitting right in front of Exadata machine. 🙂

  18. osborne says:

    Thanks for the kind words Vishal. Glad you liked it.

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