I have been working in IT since 1988, and DBA-ing all releases of Oracle since v6.0.29. sometime around 1991/2, both in a Production and Development capacity – which are really 2 very different jobs.
I have worked on and administered most flavours of Unix, including AIX, Linux (RH & SUSE), Solaris, HP-UX, Tru-64, Dynix PTX, DG and Pyramid, as well as Windows server, although I have only got experience of clustering on AIX, Linux and Windows. I have extensive experience using SQL Server 6.5 onwards.
I also have a pretty good understanding of IBM (DS), EMC and HP XP series SANs.
I don’t know very much about SAN fabric or networks. I keep intending get around to learning more about it, but I suspect I’ll never find the time.
I have done my fair share of programming too, initially in S370 Assembler on an IBM Mainframe against an IMS DB/DC hierarchical database (and subsequently DB2), as well as in a variety of other languages (including Cobol), but mainly in PL/SQL and Unix shell script.
I am also the Deputy Chairman of the UKOUG Availability, Infrastructure and Management (AIM) SIG (formerly the RAC and M&I Sigs) for the UK Oracle User Group.
You can also follow me on Twitter: @chandlerdba
In real life, I have a lovely wife, 2 fantastic kids and a passion for Sunderland Association Football Club, which at the time of writing are plying their trade in the English Premier League. They have not won a major trophy for a very long time, although they have won the top division title 6 times (but mostly in the 1890′s)