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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Virtathon - A virtual conference for Oracle community


BrainSurface is organizing an online, virtual conference for the Oracle community called “VirtaThon” which includes Java and MySQL communities as well. I like the idea of online and virtual conference since personally I have not attended many conferences like Oracle Open World or IOUG etc. being in a part of the world where such conferences happen very less. I have always rued that I haven’t been able to attend such conferences organized for my community but now I’m very excited and looking forward to participate in VirtaThon.
I feel this is definitely a great way to learn about the latest and listen to experts in your domain. And the best part is that it’s FREE. So just go and register yourself for VirtaThon.
Dates – 16th to 21st July 
Venue – Online
Cost – Registration is Free
Speakers (names listed in alphabetical order) – Arup Nanda, Brian Huff, Colin Charles, Dan Hotka, Dario Laverde, David Koelle, Dr. Bert Scalzo, Guy Harrison, Lewis Cunningham, Matt Warman, Mike Ault, Riyaj Shamsudeen, Syed Jaffar Hussain, Tariq Farooq, Vinod Haval
Topics being covered – I’m listing only the topics that would be of interest for a DBA.
  • Oracle (Database, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Oracle Linux, Data Modeling and Exadata etc.)
  • MySQL (Replication and Scale out, High availability and Clustering, Enterprise database administration and Security, Database Performance Tuning, Storage Engine Development and Optimization, Partition Strategies, Cloud computing etc.)
  • Java (details can be found on the VirtaThon site)
Being a virtual conference, you don't have to travel anywhere to attend the sessions; you can simply attend from the comfort of your home or office. This is not a webcasts rather much like normal conferences you can participate by asking questions, interact via chat and have follow ups after talks. All you need is a computer with an internet connection.

Request all to participate, contribute and learn from this conference. As far as I know, this is one of the first Oracle-centric virtual conference. Look forward to more such online oriented conferences. Great effort and move by BrainSurface; Hats off to entire group and Tariq Farooq - the main man behind Brainsurface and this conference.
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