Oracle honors NIF's Adams for IT leadership

(Download Image) Philip Adams, CTO for LLNL's National Ignition Facility (NIF), earned a 2018 Oracle Excellence Award.

Philip Adams, chief technical officer for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF), has been recognized with a 2018 Oracle Excellence Award.

The annual program recognizes customers and partners for exceptional use of Oracle solutions to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation and value by increasing agility, lowering costs and reducing IT complexity. Each year, the winners are chosen from hundreds of nominations that come in from across the globe. Adams was recognized in the Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation category.

He joined LLNL in 2003 as the database/technical lead, where he led the database administration efforts for more than 120 development, test and production databases. In 2007, he became enterprise/middleware/solutions architect, which included responsibility for leading the development and application operations of software development organization, specifically around database and infrastructure. In 2010, he transitioned into lead IT architect and manager for servers and storage.

In 2016, Adams became CTO for NIF, the world’s largest and most energetic laser. In this role, Adams is responsible for vision, infrastructure architecture and project execution across a complex environment consisting of 1,200 hosts, 200 database instances and petabytes of storage. He drives and manages strategic vendor relationships and provides thought leadership and innovation throughout the organization. 

Prior to joining LLNL, Adams provided Oracle database administration to the U.S. States Coast Guard Finance Center, Coast Guard headquarters, Sendmail Inc. and E-Loan Inc. He studied electrical engineering at San Jose State University, holds a number of technical certificates from Splunk, Oracle, Citrix and others and has presented on a variety of database and data management topics at major industry conferences.