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Is faster hardware a legitimate Oracle tuning option?

There are some great cartoons here, illustrating the current issues within Oracle tuning: In this SearchOracle article we see arguments for the “practical” approach to Oracle tuning, and the growing trend to use fast, cheap hardware to correct an Oracle performance problem:,289483,sid41_gci1034639,00.html?track=NL-93&ad=506386  

Throwing hardware at an Oracle problem is a legitimate management decision, and in some cases a cost-effective one, especially when the database required a huge amount of manual effort.

For example, when the schema design is messed-up, even materialized views may fail to correct the performance issues. In my experience, IT management DOES NOT want to hear about an expensive re-design of the database for several reasons:

  • Fear of Blame -- No manager wants to admit that a bad database design was implemented under their watch.

  • High Downtime -- The time to re-implement a table re-design can mean DAYS of downtime

  • High Cost -- If the crappy implementation costs $200k, what do you think the chances are that management will spend the money all over again to re-design the system properly? Zero.

These are the shops that want a fast, save-face approach to improving performance, and like it or not, it happens every day.


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