Oracle OpenWorld 2013 and RAC Attack

by Seth Miller

Less than a week from now I will board a plane destined for San Franscisco, California for my favorite week of the year. More than 60,000 people will descend on The City by the Bay to build a city block long tent over Howard Street and make the local commuters miserable.

This year marks my third year in a row attending Oracle’s largest event and my second year as a speaker. I have the honor of speaking on two panels on User Group Sunday; DBA Expert Panel and Oracle Enterprise Manager Panel alongside some of the most respected technologists in the Oracle technical community.

Last year at OpenWorld, I stumbled into a quiet room of geeks slumped over their laptops; some typing furiously, others staring blankly at a screen, searching for an answer. After seeing the all-to-familiar Oracle Database installer window, I realized that this was a good old fashioned Installfest. I was soon approached by an organizer who asked me if I have ever installed Oracle RAC before. I had done it many times, of course as part of my job, but I couldn’t recall ever doing it just for fun. This event was alliteratively called RAC Attack. I immediately took interest in becoming involved after working with this group at OpenWorld last year, and soon after became a contributor and volunteer.

RAC Attack is a group of very smart volunteer technologists who contribute their valuable time to introduce people to Oracle RAC. They do this by creating the guides featured on the website and hosting onsite installfests. RAC Attack is now featured at almost every major Oracle sponsored and Oracle related event around the world.

RAC Attack will be running from 10am until 2pm on Tuesday and Wednesday at the OTN Lounge in Moscone South. It’s not formal so feel free to stop by any time. If the laptop you are carrying is not powerful enough to run a couple of beefy virtual machines, we will have a number of laptops and desktops that you can use. If you are already a RAC Ninja, stop by and help get the newbies hooked on Real Application Clusters.

Yury Velikanov has taken the lead for us on the planning for this year’s event. Further details about RAC Attack at OpenWorld 2013 can be found at his blog.

RAC Attack has a Google+ page and a Facebook page.