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October 10, 2009
Houston, Texas

Oracle Performance Tuning With Solid State Disk Book Provides Valuable Performance Tuning Guidance for Database Administrators
New book from Oracle Guru, Mike Ault, shows how to accelerate Oracle databases and target solid state disk for maximum benefit.

Mike Ault today announced the publication of Oracle Performance Tuning With Solid State Disk, a book that helps Oracle database administrators (DBAs) improve their database performance. The book is written by Oracle expert, Mike Ault, with contributions from Jamon Bowen, Joe Bromley, and Matt Key, all experts on Solid State Disk (SSD). The increasing popularity of Solid State Disk (SSD) is challenging DBAs to adapt their database performance tuning methodologies in order to optimize application performance and return on investment. This new book delivers up to the minute, practical guidance that empowers DBAs to target SSD technology to those database areas that will benefit most.

Dramatic decreases in the cost of SSD over the past five years are changing Oracle architectures. Deploying SSD in place of hard disk drives can result in immediate performance gains as both Random Access Memory (RAM) and Flash SSD eliminate bottlenecks caused by mechanical hard disk I/O latency. Oracle Performance Tuning With Solid State Disk provides a comprehensive guide that enables DBAs to make the transition to SSD successfully and with confidence. By accelerating Oracle databases, applications can handle more transactions, more concurrent users and deliver higher profits and productivity gains.

Oracle Performance Tuning With Solid State Disk explains everything the DBA needs to know about SSD, its impact on caching, and the benefits it offers for specific types of Oracle database systems. It is a clear and definitive guide for converting existing systems from hard disk to SSD technology and empowers DBAs to make the logical choice of how and when to use SSD. The book provides an in-depth examination of testing methodologies, with clear examples, that DBAs can use to effectively benchmark and improve their own specific databases.

"Solid State Disk is changing the game for Oracle databases, and how we think about performance tuning," said Mike Ault, renowned author and expert on Oracle database performance. "Whereas in the past a poorly-designed database might take six months and $500,000 in consulting costs to repair, simply installing SSD can mean the database immediately runs more than ten times faster for a fraction of the cost of repairing the source code. We wrote the book specifically for DBAs so that they could easily understand the benefits and limitations of SSD in their specific circumstances, and have all the tools they need to benchmark effectively. Any DBA who wants to keep their performance tuning skills relevant will read this book."

Oracle Performance Tuning With Solid State Disk is published by Rampant Press. As a special introductory promotion, Texas Memory Systems will be giving away a limited number of free copies to visitors to its booth (1227) at Oracle World 2009 from October 12th through 15th. More information about Texas Memory Systems, including self-serve pricing, may be found online at

About Mike Ault
Mike Ault is a recognized Oracle expert and a prolific author, who has published more than twenty Oracle-related books. He is Oracle guru in residence at Texas Memory Systems, where he oversees Texas Memory Systems’ sponsorship of, a free tool that is popular in the Oracle community. Mike was an Oracle database specialist at Quest Software. He has more than 17 years of experience as an Oracle DBA and consultant. Mike previously served for six years as a Navy submariner and for ten years as a programmer in Basic and Fortran IV on the PDP-11 architecture, in addition to working with PDP, IBM-PC, Osborne and later VAX-VMS and HP architectures and with the Informix and Ingres databases. In 1990, Mr. Ault began working with Oracle as the only DBA at the Iuka, Mississippi-based Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) project for NASA. Since 1990 Mike has used his Oracle expertise in a variety of industries, working in corporate settings as well as independently as a consultant.

Mike has published more than 20 Oracle-related books, including Oracle Administration and Management (Wiley), Oracle DBA OCP ExamCram (Coriolis) and Oracle 10g Grid and RAC (Rampant Technical Press). In addition, he has written articles for Oracle, Select, DBMS, Oracle Internals and several other database-related magazines. Mike is also a frequently high-rated presenter at local, regional and international Oracle conferences, such as GOUSERS, SEOUG, RMOUG, NYOUG, NCOUG, IOUG, OOW, ODTUG, UKOUG, and EOUG.


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