Friday Nov 16, 2012

An Unstoppable Force!

Building a high-availability database platform presents unique challenges. Combining servers, storage, networking, OS, firmware, and database is complicated and raises important concerns: Will coordination between multiple SME’s delay deployment? Will it be reliable? Will it scale? Will routine maintenance consume precious IT-staff time? Ultimately, will it work?

Enter the Oracle Database Appliance, a complete package of software, server, storage, and networking that’s engineered for simplicity. It saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database workloads. Plus, it’s based on Intel Xeon processors to ensure a high level of performance and scalability.

Take a look at this video to compare Heather and Ted’s approach to building a server for their Oracle database!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os4RDVclWS8

If you missed the “Compare Database Platforms: Build vs. Buy” webcast or want to listen again to find out how Jeff Schulte - Vice President at Yodlee uses Oracle Database Appliance.

Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

Build vs Buy Webcast: November 8, 2012

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

You have a choice. Do you build your own database platform or buy a pre-engineered database appliance?

Building a high-availability database platform presents unique challenges. Combining servers, storage, networking, OS, firmware, and database is complicated and raises important concerns: Will coordination between multiple SME’s delay deployment? Will it be reliable? Will it scale? Will routine maintenance consume precious IT-staff time? Ultimately, will it work?

Enter the Oracle Database Appliance, a complete package of software, server, storage, and networking that’s engineered for simplicity. It saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database workloads. Plus, it’s based on Intel Xeon processors to ensure a high level of performance and scalability.

Attend this Webcast to hear customer stories and discover how the Oracle Database Appliance:
  • Increases ROI by reducing capital and operational expenses
  • Frees IT staff by reducing deployment and management time from weeks to hours
  • Takes the worry out of supporting mission critical application workloads

Register For this WebCast today!

Monday Nov 05, 2012

Normal Redundancy (Double Mirroring) Option Available

The Oracle Database Appliance 2.4 Patch was released last week and provides you an option of ASM normal redundancy (double mirroring) during the initial deployment of the Database Appliance. The default deployment of the Oracle Database Appliance is high redundancy for the +DATA and +RECO disk groups. While there is 12TB of raw shared storage available, the Database Backup Location and Disk Group Redundancy govern how much usable storage is presented after the initial deployment is completed.

The Database Backup Location options are Local or External. When the Local Backup Option is selected, this means that 60% of the available shared storage will be allocated for the Fast Recovery Area that contains database backups and archive logs. The External Backup Option will allocate 20% of the available shared storage to the Fast Recovery Area.

So, let’s look at an example of High Redundancy and External Backups.

  • Disk Group Redundancy – High --> Triple Mirroring to provide ~4TB of available storage
  • Database Backup Location – External --> 20% of available shared storage allocated to +RECO
  • +DATA = 3.2TB of usable storage, +RECO = 0.8TB of usable storage

What about Normal Redundancy with External Backups?

  • Disk Group Redundancy – Normal --> Double Mirroring to provide ~6TB of available storage
  • Database Backup Location – External --> 20% of available shared storage allocated to +RECO
  • +DATA = 4.8TB of usable storage, +RECO = 1.2TB of usable storage

As a best practice, we would recommend using Normal Redundancy for your test and/or development Oracle Database Appliances and High Redundancy for production.

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