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Marielle Houriet
Marketing & Communication Coordinator

Executive Breakfast with dbi services & EDB

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Executive Breakfast with dbi services & EDB

07.02.2018 in Basel – 07.03.2018 in Zurich

As the pace of digital transformation quickens, businesses are increasingly engaged in a race against time. As with any other seismic change in the marketplace, this one will create winners and losers. So the enterprise imperative is clear: harness new data and new tools to grow revenue and increase market share – before a competitor or new entrant gets there first. As a result, IT leaders find themselves backed into a corner. How do you balance the undeniable need for speedy development with longstanding concerns like data integrity, security, stability and scalability? And how do you solve today’s technology challenges without making compromises that will come back to haunt you? Open-source platforms offer a way forward. What potential do they have to solve both the short- and long-term issues? A new approach to open-source architecture – paired with a new philosophy – may help ease the dilemma. Postgres is the leading open source database management system that is being developed by a very active community for more than 15 years.

By using our last success stories, Daniel Westermann (dbi services), Arnaud Berbier (dbi services) and Jan Karremans (EDB), will be explaining why companies take open source as the centerpiece to modernize their IT infrastructure, thus increasing their scalability and taking full advantage of what today’s technologies can offer.


Place:    Basel / Zurich

Date:     07.02.18 & 07.03.18

Time:    08:00 a.m – 10:15 a.m.

Price:    CHF 0.-



8:00 am :    Welcome – tea & coffee.
8:15 am :    Success story presentation
9:15 am :    Breakfast & networking

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Event Open Infrastructure Day – 13.09.17 – Basel

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Open Infrastructure Day

13.09.17 in Basel

Are you ready to open your infrastructure? Open Source technologies get adapted rapidly nowadays, not only on the operating system level, but also at the deployment, monitoring, validation, virtualization and data management levels. Enterprises refuse more and more to be dependent on proprietary products and this is not only a matter of costs. Adaptations need to be implemented rapidly in today’s infrastructures. “Change” is the only constant and changes are coming faster and faster. We believe that you can only ride that horse and be prepared for the future by adapting open standards and open products.

This event will present you some selected open source products and best practices you will be able to discover through two simultaneous streams.

  Stream 1 Stream 2




GLOBAL (Stream 1+2): dbi services and its commitment in the open source area David Hueber / Hervé Schweitzer ¦ in German


dbi DBaaS with Openstack ¦ Soufiane Benmalek ¦ in English

Monitor and analyze your infrastructure with the Elastic stack ¦ Arnaud Berbier ¦ in English




Scaling MariaDB with Galera Cluster and Docker ¦ in German

Automate, control and validate your infrastructure with Ansible ¦ Natascha Karfich ¦ in German


The elephant in the enterprise – Best practices ¦ Daniel Westermann ¦ in German

Introduction to Big Data ¦ Mehdi Bada ¦ in English


GLOBAL (Stream 1+2): dbi OpenDB Appliance – Open databases made easy ¦ Daniel Westermann  ¦ in German



Session descriptions

Stream 1

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Stream 2

dbi DBaaS with Openstack

Flexibility becomes a daily challenge! Application owners, developers or project members need more and more regularly and on-demand databases provisioning. Cloud architectures are a great solution in such cases. Using OpenStack to build up a cloud is a fantastic alternative to build on. Unfortunately it does not come with an “out-of-the-box” DBaaS solution. Building a DBaaS for OpenStack is just a matter of combining the right tools for the given requirements. In this session, we will present the tools we use to build up the dbi DBaaS, our service to easily provision instances and databases.

Scaling MariaDB with Galera Cluster and Docker

What if you could vertically scale a MariaDB Galera cluster staring up some more Docker containers with just single click? Either your workload increases or you hired additional developers which require more resources on the development cluster? By combining MariaDB, Galera Cluster and Docker in an easy to manage way you can adapt to changing workloads easily. Come in and attend the demo.

The elephant in the enterprise - Best practices

PostgreSQL gains more and more attraction in the database market. Companies with workloads of all sizes (small, medium, large and very large) either consider moving to PostgreSQL or did it already. Being a pure community project PostgreSQL attracts many companies because they can deploy it where ever they want without worrying about license costs. In this session we’ll look at the features that make PostgreSQL the ideal choice for enterprises of any size, no matter if it is about data in the gigabyte or terrabyte range. Applying the right best practices right from the beginning will give you freedom tomorrow.

Monitor and analyze your infrastructure with the Elastic stack

Analyzing log files of a single server or database does not give you the overall picture of what is going on in your infrastructure. But how can you tell then where the issue really is or even better how can you avoid issues before they happen? Using the Elastic Stack you can aggregate all your log files into one common location and then build dashboards which graphically present potential bottle necks, issues and trends. By defining alerts which fire on anomalies or specific log events you can save yourself a lot of work in troubeshooting. Sounds interesting?

Automate, control and validate your infrastructure with Ansible

Do you know how many servers (physical,virtual or even in the cloud) your infrastructure consists of? How do you control them and how do you make sure that all servers and the software running on top of them are in exactly the state they should be? Are you aware if someone changed something on one of the servers? Say welcome to Ansible. Ansible is a agent less “automation for everyone” solution based on ssh and Python which gives you back control over your infrastructure. No matter if you want to deploy applications on several servers in exactly the same way or if you want to validate your infrastructure against your requirements. Ansible is there to assist you and by joining this session you’ll learn about Ansible’s architecture, use cases and best practices.

An introduction to Big Data

Everybody is talking about Big Data these days and you wonder what this really is all about? What are the use cases for Big Data and what tools are around which can work with massive amounts of data? This session will introduce you into the world of the bits and bytes that want to get analyzed and correlated. After joining this session you should have a much clearer picture on what Big Data is and where it makes sense to use it.

Online registration & location

Click here to register for the event Open Infrastructure Day (13.09.17 from 8h30 – 13h15, lunch included)


If you are interested in our Big Data Event (13.09.17 from 13h30 – 16h30), then please register separately. Click here to access the Big Data Event page.

IT Tage 2016

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IT Tage 2016

December 12th to 15th 2016 – Frankfurt am Main

With more than 160 sessions, the IT Tage 2016 are taking place from December 12th to 15th 2016 in Frankfurt am Main. Experts from dbi services are glad to present some interesting technical topics in Frankfurt. Discover the program of their sessions above. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our sessions

SQL Server 2016: Neue Sicherheitsfunktionen

  • Speaker: Stéphane Haby
  • Date: 13.12.16
  • Time: 11:00-11.45
  • Room: München

SQL Server Errorlog – Entmystifizierung

  • Speaker: Stéphane Haby
  • Date: 13.12.16
  • Time: 14:00-14:45
  • Room: München

SQL Server – Locks, latches and spinlocks

  • Speaker: David Barbarin
  • Date: 13.12.16
  • Time: 17:00-17:45
  • Room: München

SQL Server 2016: Availability Group Enhancements

  • Speaker: David Barbarin
  • Date: 13.12.16
  • Time: 18:00-18:45
  • Room: München

Breaking the deadlock: Migrating from proprietary databases to PostgreSQL

  • Speaker: Daniel Westermann
  • Date: 14.12.16
  • Time: 16:00-16:45
  • Room: München

Feasibility study for building a software factory based on GIT repository

  • Speaker: Philippe Schweitzer
  • Date: 14.12.16
  • Time: 17:00-17:45
  • Room: Berlin

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DOAG Conference + Exhibition 2016

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DOAG Conference + Exhibition 2016

November 15th to 18th, 2016 – Nuremberg

You wish to meet experts at the DOAG Conference + Exhibition 2016, from November 15th to 18th 2016 in Nuremberg?

Good news: dbi services will be present at booth 242!

Our experts inform you there on products, technologies, and standards for IT infrastructures with personalized explanations and Live-Demos! And if you are curious about the outstanding presentations our Oracle specialists produced for the DOAG 2016, check our conference program.

You may even be interested in being trained on Oracle Grid Infrastructure? Take the opportunity and register to our “Schulungstag”.

We look forward to seeing you at the DOAG Conference + Exhibition 2016!

Tuesday, 15th November 2016

Speaker:  Daniel Westermann

Time:          15:00-15:45 Uhr

Room:       Konferenzraum EG

Der GI Administrator hat meine Daten geklaut? Wie das?

In der heutigen Oracle Landschaft werden die Grid Infrastructure Installation immer breiter. Cluster mit mehr als 8 Knoten sind keine Seltenheit mehr und immer öfter gibt es auch noch mehrere von diesen, z.B. wenn mehr als eine Exadata zum Einsatz kommt. Wenn allerdings die Installationsbasis steigt, dann steigt auch zwangsweise die Anzahl der Benutzer. Seien es Administratoren, Anwender im Fall von ACFS oder Applikationen, die auf Services zugreifen. Wissen Sie wer was darf, wer wo zugreift, ob ihre Daten verschlüsselt sind und wenn ja: sind es die schützenswerten? Nein? Dann lassen Sie sich überraschen welche Mechanismen Sie heute einsetzen können um eine Grid Infrastucture sicher zu betreiben und vor allem was passieren kann wenn Sie sich darüber keine Gedanken machen.

Speaker:  Franck Pachot

Time:          17:00-17:45 Uhr

Room:       Tokio

Multitenant New Security Features Clarify DevOps/DBA roles

The CDB/PDB paradigm enforces role segregation between the container DBA and the application DBA. In DevOps environment, you need the finer access privilege definition that comes in 12.1 (common/local users) and in 12.2 (lockdown profiles, PDB isolation).Can we administrate a Cloud or on-premises database and give PDB administration rights to application teams for their application? And clearly define roles between system DBA and application DBA? The new features and best practices.

Speaker:  Matthieu Münch

Time:          17:00-17:45 Uhr

Room:       Oslo

GoldenGate-ODI: Verstärken Sie Ihr Business mit Real-Time BI

Daten in Real-Time zu analysieren gibt Ihnen heute einen entscheidenden Vorteil gegenüber der Konkurrenz. Leider bieten, stand heute, nur einige Reporting Lösungen diese Funktionalität auch an. Oracle kann seinen Kunden schon heute Datenanalysen in Real-Time anbieten in dem das Produkt GoldenGate und die EL-T (Extract, Load-Transform) Technologien von ODI kombiniert werden. In dieser Präsentation werden wir live Daten von Börsen-Systemen beziehen und Ihnen aufzeigen wie sich die Reports auf Grund dieser Daten dynamisch verändern.

Wednesday, 16th November 2016

Speaker:  Pascal Brand

Time:          10:00-10:45 Uhr

Room:       Prag

Monitoring von WebLogic 12C Domain mit RESTfull Interface

Eine der neuen Leistungsmerkmale in WebLogic 12C ist das RESTfull Interface, das es ermöglicht, die WebLogic ManagedBeans direkt über HTTP/S Requests abzufragen. WebLogic RESTfull Management Services gewährleisten ein umfassendes Interface für die Konfiguration, das Monitoring, die Implementierung von Applikationen und die Verwaltung des WebLogic Servers in allen unterstützten Umgebungen. Z.B kann der Server Status leicht über eine einfache URL überprüft werden und mit einem Monitoring Programm wie Nagios entsprechend verbunden werden. Zusätzliche Ressourcen (WLST Script oder JMX Java-Anwendungen) sind nicht erforderlich. RESTfull Modules sind auf dem WebLogic Domain Administration Server installiert.

Speaker:  Clemens Bleile

Time:          12:00-12:45 Uhr

Room:       Shanghai

In-Memory-Pläne für den 12.2-Optimizer: Teuer oder billig?

Mit In-Memory bekommt der Oracle Optimizer neue Plan-Alternativen. Wie werden diese im Vergleich zu “normalen” Plänen gewichtet? Was kosten z. B. fünf In-Memory-Zugriffe im Vergleich zu fünf logischen IOs im Buffer Cache? Tendiert der Optimizer eher zu In-Memory-Plänen oder haben traditionelle Full-Table-Scans noch eine Chance? Dieser Vortrag beschäftigt sich auch mit den Optimizer-Erweiterungen für In-Memory in 12.2.

Speaker:  Gérard Wisson

Time:          16:00-16:45 Uhr

Room:       Prag

Cloud Control 13c – Lifecycle Management Modul

Sie verwalten mehrere dutzend Weblogic Server und Domains. Sind alle richtig konfiguriert für die verschiedenen Anwendungen, die darauf laufen? Sind alle Voraussetzungen erfüllt? Sind die richtigen Versionen installiert? Welche Patches sind appliziert? Starten Sie von null, wenn sie einen neuen Managed Server installieren? Falls Sie sich solche Fragen stellen, kann wahrscheinlich Oracle Cloud Control 13c Ihnen helfen, und zwar mit dem Einsatz des Lifecycle Management Modul. In diesem Vortrag werden die verschiedenen Lösungen im Middleware-Rahmen erklärt und ein Teil davon tiefer angeschaut und demonstriert.

Thursday, 17th November 2016

Speaker:  David Hueber

Time:          10:00-10:45 Uhr

Room:       Tokio

Databases Clone Using ACFS

Test- oder Entwicklungs-Datenbanken neu zu erstellen, ist für DBAs fast schon zur täglichen Aufgabe geworden. Leider erfüllt die traditionelle DUPLICATE-Methode nicht mehr die heutigen Anforderungen, mit denen wir durch Datenmenge, Dauer und Flexibilität konfrontiert sind. File Systeme wie ACFS haben „Commit-On-Write“ Technologien für die Snapshot-Erstellung eingeführt, die das Paradigma der Datenbank-Bereitstellung und des DB-Klonens ändern. In diesem Vortrag wird präsentiert, wie die ACFS-Snapshot-Technologie es ermöglicht, einfach und schnell neue Kopien von Produktionsdatenbanken zu erzeugen.

Speaker:  David Hueber

Zeit:           14:00-14:45 Uhr

Raum:       Singapur

Oracle on Atomic Linux

Einer der aktuellen grossen Trends in Infrastrukturumgebungen ist die Container-Technologie und insbesondere Docker. Im Zuge neuer Container-Implementierungen, traten neue Anforderungen, wie Clustering, auf. Um diesen Herausforderungen gerecht zu werden, wurden spezielle Distributionen angeboten. Atomic Linux ist eine schlanke Linux Distribution dediziert für Container, die auch Clustering-Funktionalitäten bietet. In diesem Vortrag wird präsentiert, wie man eine Cluster-DbaaS-Umgebung für Oracle Datenbanken mit Atomic Linux aufbauen könnte.

Speaker:  William Sescu

Time:          15:00-15:45 Uhr

Room:       Neu Delhi

Effizientes Recovery mit Oracle Flashback Techniken in 12c

RMAN ist ein sehr mächtiges Tool, doch Oracle liefert viele weitere Möglichkeiten, um Ihre Umgebung zu schützen und schnell Daten wiederherzustellen. Ausversehen commited, obwohl Sie es nicht wollten? Was nun? Flashback Techniken können unter Umständen sehr hilfreich sein, um die alten Daten zurückzugewinnen. Wie man diese Techniken effizient nutzt, demonstriere ich in dieser Session.

Friday, 18th November 2016

Speaker:  Daniel Westermann

Time:         9:00-17:00 Uhr

Room:       Kopenhagen

Oracle Grid Infrastructure - SCHULUNGSTAG -

Mit der Grid Infrastructure bietet Oracle eine Cluster-Lösung mit der sich ziemlich alle Produkte hochverfügbar betreiben lassen. Gleichzeitig sind Cluster-Lösungen, egal von welchem Hersteller, jedoch Produkte, die nur dann verlässlich arbeiten wenn die darunter liegen Schichten richtig vorbereitet, konfiguriert und überwacht sind. Das betrifft nicht nur die Grid Infrastructure an sich sondern auch das Betriebssystem, die Kernel Parameter, die Anbindung der Speicherkomponenten und die optimale Konfiguration des Netzwerks. Erschwerend kommt hinzu, dass in einer Cluster Umgebung auch alle beteiligten Fachbereiche effizient zusammenarbeiten müssen; und je nach Betriebs-Organisation können das einige sein.
Zwei Oracle Grid Infrastructure Experten von dbi services werden im Rahmen des Schulungstages ihr Wissen, ihre Methoden, ihre Tools und die dbi Best Practices mit Ihnen teilen.
Zahlreiche Live Demos vermitteln Ihnen eingehendes Verständnis für die Arbeitsweise und den Anforderungen der Oracle Grid Infrastructure und Sie lernen, wie Sie das Beste aus Ihrer Umgebung herausholen können.

Zielgruppe: Datenbank-Administratoren, System-Administratoren, Storage Administratoren
Level: mittel
Vorkenntnisse erforderlich: Vorkenntnisse in Linux erforderlich

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Official opening of the new dbi services head office

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Official opening of the new dbi services head office

On 5th November 2015, dbi services invited clients and partners to the opening of its new head office on rue de la Jeunesse 2, in the Polyadès Building, in Delémont, Switzerland. The event was introduced by Yann Neuhaus (CEO), who began by thanking clients and partners for their confidence, before talking about the history of the company.

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Event « Journées SQL Server 2015 »

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Event “Journées SQL Server 2015″

Our SQL Server team attended this year again the event SQL Server Days for its 5th edition, the JSS 2015, which took place on 30th November and 1st December 2015 at the Microsoft Conference Centre in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.

This free event is the largest conference for professional users of Microsoft’s data platform in France. Over two days, 50 speakers led 40 different sessions to large audiences. Our SQL Server experts; Stéphane Haby, Nathan Courtine and David Barbarin, ran two of the sessions: “What’s new in SQL 2016: Security, Temporal & Stretch Tables” and “In-Memory 2016: Operational Analytics”, both of which were highly successful.

dbi services’ presence at JSS 2015 also featured a stand, where our three consultants made sure visitors were kept happy by handing out technical information and chocolate Santas, for a pre-Christmas treat.

DOAG Conference & Exhibition 2015

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DOAG Conference & Exhibition 2015

dbi services attended one of the major international Oracle trade fairs, DOAG in Nuremberg (Germany). With its ever-popular stand, the dbi services team gave technical presentations and training courses from 16th to 20th November 2015. Nearly 2,100 people took part in the event, with 450 technical presentations and 11 one-day training courses held.

dbi services took the opportunity of this unmissable show for German Oracle product users and enthusiasts to meet them both at its stand and at the eight conferences held by its experts:

  • Oracle12c result cache: the good, the bad and the ugly cases
  • Oracle GoldenGate configuration protected in the DR environment
  • Automated RAC Setup with Cobbler and Virtual Box
  • Oracle over Docker
  • Application Continuity
  • All about locks: DML, DDL, foreign key, online operations
  • Data Recovery Advisor in Details
  • Oracle WebLogic Monitoring with SNMP/WLDF

Many people attended the sessions, seeking further information from our advisors on the dbi services stand. Our stand aroused a lot of interest – not least through the prize draw, with five winners of “swiss-made” prizes, and handing out 250 chocolate Santas. DOAG 2015 ended with its traditional day of training courses – Schulungstag – including the course “Oracle Database Performance Tuning – how does it work?” given by our two experts, Hervé Schweitzer and Nicolas Jardot, which was a big hit. Look forward to seeing you at our stand in 2016!