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Charles was an Oracle ACE as of May 2008. Charles became an Oracle ACE Director as of December 2009.

Charles Kim is a back to back VMware vExpert class of 2013 and 2014.

Virtualize Oracle Business Critical Databases: Database Infrastructure As A Service Virtualize your Oracle Database environment with confidence and rest assured that you will have a repeatable process every time.

This book can be purchased from  Click on the book to take you there. This book is a single source of information for an Oracle DBA to understand the benefits of virtualization and how to effectively deploy Oracle Database As A Service on a vSphere Platform. This book is targeted for DBAs looking at implementing Oracle on a virtualized infrastructure.

The authors, (Charles Kim, George Trujillo, Steven Jones and Sudhir Balasubramanian), have spent a number of years focusing on virtualizing Tier-One high performance Oracle platforms. The authors include VMware VCPs, VMware vExperts as well as an Oracle ACE, Oracle ACE Director and hold certifications in the Oracle stack.

Imagine a world where your system administrator(s) provisions a fully functional Linux server that is patched with all the up-to-date kernel parameters, updated device drivers, and updated configurations in 1 hour. The time that you make the request to the time that you get access to a server that has a fully configured Red Hat 5/6 or Oracle Linux 5/6 environment is within a couple of hours.

On top of all this, the build is consistent and reliable every time. This should be a realistic goal for most companies today, and this book can guide you along your journey.

Oracle ASM 12c Pocket Reference Guide We bring you Database Cloud Storage command line reference at your finger tips. This pocket reference guide is packed with useful commands that you save time and headache on a regular basis. Oracle ASM continues to be the best practice to implementing Oracle Databases. Whether you are leveraging a single instance database or a clustered database with RAC, you can benefit from the real-life examples to administering and maintaining ASM from this book. Consolidated by (Charles Kim and Nitin Vengurlekar), this pocket reference guide is loaded with command line interface syntax for Oracle ASM 11g Release 2 or Oracle ASM 12c. It does not matter if you are a newbie to ASM or a long time veteran, this pocket reference guide is packed with relevant tidbits. Contents of the pocket reference guide include:

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  • Pertinent ASM related initialization parameters for 11g and 12c
  • Creating the ASM instance from command-line interface
  • Creating ASM Disk Groups
  • Creating Databases to ASM
  • Oracle ASM 12c New Features
  • Flex ASM
  • asmcmd Command References
  • Quick Access to ASM Data Dictionary Views
  • Packed with shell scripts for monitoring
  • Packed with SQL scripts for monitoring
  • Packed with scripts for moving Oracle files and out of ASM
  • * Example of copying database backups from ASM to ASM
  • * Example of debugging asmcmd copy command
  • ACFS Setup and Maintenance
  • And Much More
  • Both Charles and Nitin have combined experiences of over 48 years of Oracle experience and are authors of many Oracle books. Charles is the Founder and President of Viscosity North America and Nitin is the Chief Technology Officer. They are subject matter experts of RAC/ASM/Exadata technologies.

    Coming Soon: Oracle Exadata Expert's Handbook Written by several internationally-respected Oracle technology experts, it brings together core day-to-day knowledge, experiences, best practices, tips, and tricks you won't find anywhere else. The blazingly fast Oracle Exadata Database Machine is being embraced by thousands of large-scale users worldwide in government, the military, corporate enterprise, and wherever "extreme" database performance is required. Covering both 11g and 12c versions of the underlying Oracle Exadata software, it provides hands-on, step-by-step coverage of all this, and more:

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  • Working with Oracle Exadata Compute Nodes and Storage Cells
  • Gaining maximum performance by combining Exadata Flash Cache, Smart Scans, and Cell Offload Processing
  • Taking full advantage of Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC)
  • Efficiently performing day-to-day Exadata administration tasks
  • Performing Exadata Backup/Recovery/DR with RMAN and Data Guard
  • Managing, monitoring and administering Exadata with OEM12c
  • Migrating to Oracle Exadata from other platforms
  • Using Oracle Exadata with the ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Systematically tuning Oracle Exadata for performance
  • Consolidating within the Exadata Database Cloud
  • Mastering the most valuable Oracle Exadata tools and utilities
  • The Oracle Exadata Handbook is today's most authoritative and practical guide to administering Oracle Exadata with maximum reliability, effectiveness, performance, and efficiency.

    Coming Soon: Hadoop As A Service Book Virtualizing Hadoop combines exceptional clarity for Hadoop newcomers with realistic examples for building deep technical skill. Drawing on their immense experience, the authors (George Trujillo, Charles Kim and Steven Jones) identify specific obstacles and challenges in virtualizing Hadoop, helping you avoid pitfalls, mitigate risks, and achieve superior results. The authors focus on the baseline Apache Software Foundation Hadoop 2 distribution, while also addressing subtle differences in Cloudera and VMware/EMC's Pivotal HD. Coverage includes:

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  • Core Big Data and NoSQL concepts you should know before you start
  • Understanding how data works and moves throughout Hadoop clusters
  • Integrating Hadoop into your overall enterprise data architecture
  • Mastering Linux-based best practices for virtualizing Hadoop
  • Virtualizing master and data servers
  • Simplifying and accelerating deployment, and more
  • In this book, readers will learn the pros and cons for virtualizing Hadoop and deploying Hadoop as a Service. We will start with building fundamental concepts around Big Data and virtualization. Then to prepare for installing Hadoop we will cover virtualization and Linux best practices to make sure there is solid knowledge base for a Hadoop installation. The hardware design and the Linux (or Windows) configuration lays the foundation Hadoop runs on and is very important it get done right. We will then provide an introduction to Hadoop and to the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) distribution. Once the fundamentals of virtualization and Hadoop have been laid we will cover how to virtualize Hadoop and how to deploy Hadoop as a Service.

    Master Oracle Data Guard 11g !!! Provide superior data protection, availability, and disaster recovery using the tested techniques in this Oracle Press guide. Develop a disaster recovery plan for your Oracle database to meet your organization's requirements.

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  • Configure and deploy Oracle Data Guard for your environment
  • Tune and troubleshoot your physical and logical standby databases
  • Implement the Oracle Data Guard Broker management framework
  • Integrate with Oracle Grid Control
  • Monitor your Oracle Data Guard environment
  • Enable read-only services and disaster recovery with Oracle Active Data Guard
  • Configure seamless database and application failover
  • Minimize planned downtime using Oracle Data Guard switchover
  • Handle backup and recovery with Oracle Recovery Manager
  • Written by a team of Oracle experts, Oracle Data Guard 11g Handbook provides a sound architectural foundation along with best practices for configuration, monitoring, maintenance, and troubleshooting. You will get full details on implementing deployment architectures to address requirements that extend beyond disaster recovery. This invaluable resource also includes a complete set of monitoring scripts available for download.
    Authors of the Data Guard 11g Handbook include: Larry Carpenter, Joe Meeks, Charles Kim, Bill Burke, Sonya Carothers, Joydip Kundu, Michael Smith, Nitin Vengurlekar

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    Linux Recipes for Oracle DBAs written by authors, Darl Kuhn, Charles Kim, and Bernard Lopuz, is a comprehensive example based book on managing Oracle Databases in a Linux environment. The book is written by DBAs for DBAis who live in the Red Hat and/or Oracle Enterprise Linux space.

  • Takes you directly from problem to solution
  • Covers the right mix of Linux user and administration tasks for database administrators
  • Respects your time by being succinct and to the point
  • Execute Linux commands applicable to Oracle Database administration.
  • Write shell scripts to automate critical DBA tasks.
  • Monitor, tune, and optimize a Linux server to run Oracle Database.
  • Perform Linux system administration tasks relevant to Oracle Database.
  • Implement Oracle RAC on Linux.
  • Implement Oracle ASM on Linux.
  • Remotely (and securely!) manage Oracle on Linux.
  • Who is this book for? Linux Recipes for Oracle DBAs is a book for Oracle database administrators who want to expertly operate Oracle databases on the Linux operating system. If you're new to Linux, or are migrating from a Unix platform, or just want detailed solutions for tasks that Oracle DBAs perform on Linux servers, this book is for you.

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    Oracle Database 11g: New Features for DBAs and Developers is a comprehensive, example-laden review of the new features and improvements offered by the latest release of Oracle Corporation's flagship database product.

  • Learn what's new that really counts
  • See actual examples and test run output
  • Book for Developers and Database Administrators
  • Make sound decisions on new feature adoption
  • Chapter dedicated for ASM New Features
  • Chapter dedicated for Data Guard New Features
  • Chapter dedicated for RMAN New Features
  • Chapter dedicated for Streams Replication
  • Chapter dedicated for Database Security
  • Chapter dedicated for Data Warehousing
  • Chapter dedicated for Performance Manageability
  • Chapter dedicated for Application Development coverting PL/SQL, Java, and XML
  • Discover which new features of the latest release of Oracle's flagship database product are really worth adopting.

    Years of database administration and development experience from authors Sam Alapati and Charles Kim are combined with sound, step-by-step testing and a heart-felt emphasis on what matters in the real-world to help you get the most out of Oracle Database 11g. We would like to thank David Sweet for his exclusive contribution to the development chapter in the areas of PL/SQL and Java.

    Charles Kim is also the technical editor for the Automated Storage Management book by Nitin Vengurlekar, Rich Long, and Murali Vallath. This comprehensive resource provides full details on Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM), Oracle's integrated file and volume management interface. You will get full details on general operations, administration, best practices, and expert techniques. Oracle DBAs will be able to implement robust storage solutions with help from this useful guide.


    Charles Kim is also the author of the Maximum Availability Architecture Implementation Case Study for Fidelity National Financial (FNF). Charles served as the Chief Oracle Database Engineering Counsel at Fidelity Information Services at the time this case study was presented. FNF achieved MAA through Oracle Technology Stack including RAC, ASM, Data Guard, Flashback Technologies, and RMAN.