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Tariq Farooq

Tariq Farooq, Oracle ACE director and Oracle RAC certified expert, has spent more than twenty-four years working with Oracle technologies in highly complex environments. He was the founding president of the IOUG Virtualization and Cloud Computing SIG; founded the BrainSurface Social Network; and is an award-winning speaker, author, forumizer, blogger, and active community leader/organizer.


Charles Kim, Oracle ACE director, Oracle certified DBA, Certified RAC expert, and VMware vExpert, is co-founder and president of Viscosity North America. He specializes in Exadata, RAC, and virtualization.


Nitin Vengurlekar, co-founder/CTO of Viscosity North America, is a seasoned systems architect specializing in highly available Oracle systems. He spent seventeen years at Oracle, primarily in RAC engineering.

Sridhar Avantsa, associate practice director at ROLTA Solutions/Americas and EMEA. He was formerly senior DBA/database engineer at Amazon.com.


Guy Harrison, a world-renowned database expert, is executive director of R&D at Dell Quest Software. There, he leads development for the Toad family of database and BI tools.


Syed Jaffar Hussain, DB architect at Alinma Bank, is an Oracle certified master (10g); Oracle ACE director; Oracle RAC certified expert; and OCP v8i, v9i, v10g and v11g DBA. He has spent a decade consulting on Oracle with international clients and was Oracle Magazine’s 2011 DBA of the year.