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E4 2012 Enkitec Extreme Exadata Expo (Blue Jean) June 14, 2012

Posted by Richard Foote in Advert, Exadata, Oracle Indexes.

I’m very pleased to have been invited to speak at the E4 2012 Enkitec Exadata Expo to be held in Dallas, USA on 13-14 August.

It’s basically the first ever conference that’s dedicated exclusively to Oracle’s exciting Exadata platform. It should be a fabulous event, featuring some of the best Oracle talent going around, including Jonathan Lewis, Tanel Poder, Kerry Osbourne, Cary Millsap, Arup Nanda, Fritz Hoogland, Doug Burns, Karen Morton, Maria Colgan and Peter Bach to name but a few. The full list of speakers is listed here.

My talk will naturally be on “Indexing In Exadata“, the abstract being:

There’s often confusion regarding how indexing requirements may change when moving to Exadata, with some even suggesting that indexes are perhaps no longer required at all. Considering indexes can consume a considerable proportion of total storage within a database and can be crucial to general database performance, care needs to be taken to fully consider indexing requirements when moving to Exadata. This presentation will discuss the indexing structures unique to Exadata, how indexing considerations change (and don’t change), how database usage is critical to indexing requirements and how to implement safely an appropriate indexing strategy when migrating to Exadata that will ensure indexes get used when appropriate without compromising Exadata specific features such as Smart Scans and Storage Indexes.”

I’ve had the opportunity to research and have a good play with Exadata since re-joining the Oracle mothership so I’m looking forward to sharing some of what I’ve learnt.

Hopefully, you can make this historic event. If not in person, you might still be able to attend the event in a virtual capacity.

I’m hoping to confirm my attendance at another conference in the very near future. More details soon.

And yes, I’m planning to blog at some point about the challenges of having an appropriate indexing strategy on Exadata, busting a few myths in the making while I’m at it 🙂


1. saruamit4 - June 15, 2012

I would wait for your upcoming updates and hope you will discuss impact of indexes in Exadata with or without smart Scan in place ..


Richard Foote - June 19, 2012

Hi Saruamit

It’s coming 🙂


2. kevinclosson - June 15, 2012

Sounds like a great conference…wish I could go. Myth-busting is important. In fact, before I left my role of Performance Architect in the Exadata development organization at Oracle I was invited by Sales to present a “Myth Busters” presentation to the field.

I wonder, will anyone have the audacity to present Data Flow Dynamics vis a vis Exadata at the conference?


Richard Foote - June 19, 2012

Hi Kevin

I wish you were going as well 🙂


3. Raj - August 23, 2012

Is there any way to get a copy of your presentation “Indexing In Exadata” at E4.



Richard Foote - September 19, 2012

Hi Raj

The presentations are available at the Enkitec E4 conference site:



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