This year I was invited at E4 as a speaker. This was my second time in the USA and
I really enjoyed every bit of it, a great conference , great people nice interactions unsurpassed hospitality. Andy Colvin and his wife Kate came to pick me up at the airport, the belt where I had to get my luggage was very appropriate.
Once the luggage was there it was the turn of Martin Bach to get picked up at the airport he landed at about the same time at another terminal.
Andy together with the amazing Veronica arranged a great Mexican Restaurant for us that night it was delicious and we finished the evening in a great beer pub in Southlake .
The great thing about E4 is that it is completely focussed on engineered systems and how they work, the other great thing is that there is one track which makes you attend plenty of interesting session you might miss otherwise.
I really enjoyed it and learned a lots of engineered systems I didn't even know before such as the VCA, Virtual Compute Appliance, James Anthony really nailed this presentation it was very interesting and well presented.
Other highlights for me were :
- Tanel Poder & Kerry Osborne's keynote about the hybrid world, Conventional RDBMS and the NOSQL movement will continue to coexist together and are complimentary
- Tyler Muth about Super Cluster and in-memory very interesting since I didn't have not a lot of exposure of ORACLE 12c so far
- Roger MacNicol What’s new in Exadata Smart Scan 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 which was the version we just upgraded to, so this was a great refresher
- Sue Lee "Tips and Tricks for Successful Consolidation on Exadata" I had a lot of eye openers there and got really good info about resource manager and IORM. Some interesting new things in Storage Cell version 126.96.36.199 such as Flash Cache Min and Flash Cache Limit are available now.
- Martin Bach's talk about HCC Compression, I saw this one already a couple of times and it is really a presentation like wine, it gets better and and better, I you are able to attend this talk at some other conference please do so it is really very world while and Martin knows his stuff and has very good presentation skills.
- Frits Hoogland, in Frits' own style he did a superb presentation about memory SGA the differences in allocation between AMM and ASMM and manual, PGA how it allocated, etc very interesting but have to go through the presentation again to grasp everything
- Kodi's Umamageswaran session he pointed out what is in store on the technology level: Networking 40Gbps Ethernet, 100Gbps infiniband Persistent memory etc.
- Mauro Pagano's session about health checks was really incredible what a horror story very entertaining, if ever a book should be written about worst practices this use case is a good candidate.
My talk was about the Sparc Super Cluster "Super Cluster: the SWISS army knife of the Engineered Systems", I had the first slot on Tuesday and had about 100 people in my session,
I was bit nervous since a lot of my hero's were in the room and also the product manager of Super Cluster Michael Palmeter and Tyler Muth Super Cluster affiando.
The talk went ok and I did get good feedback and enjoyed it a lot.
The conference is one thing but being able to talk offline with people like Karl Arao, Tanel Põder, Kerry Osborne, Mauro Pagana, Cary Millsap, Carlos Sierra, Andy Colvin, Tyler Muth, Michael Palmeter, Frits Hoogland, Martin Bach, Tarmo Alasoo, Radu Parvu, Jason Arneil, Hank and all the passionate attendees just feels great and that is what attending this conference
I really enjoyed this conference a lot and got to know some nice people, thank you Veronica , Chanea and all the others of the organisation, you really made us speakers feel like kings.
A big thank you to Andy and Kate, thanks for you warm welcome and even warmer hospitality really appreciated.
Next year there will be a European E4 as well in April, just a couple hours of flight for most of the Europeans, so you have no excuse to not attend this great engineered systems conference. check enkitecs website for more info
and yes it is true everything is bigger in Texas :-)