Veritas Unveils Cluster System for Oracle RAC

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-08-14 Print this article Print

Release marks industry's first cluster file system for the HP-UX 11i platform, according to Veritas officials.

Veritas Software Corp. has unveiled a cluster file system for Oracle Corp.s Oracle9i Real Application Clusters (RAC) on the HP-UX 11i platform, the company announced Thursday. Veritas Database Edition/Advanced Cluster for Oracle9i Real Application Clusters is the industrys first cluster file system for the HP-UX 11i platform, according to Veritas officials, and is designed to help organizations manage Oracle9i RAC implementations on raw disk—in other words, those without cluster file systems. Oracle9i RAC allows multiple servers to share a database. The idea behind RAC is to improve availability of mission-critical systems by having failed nodes automatically fail over to live nodes.
Experts say that traditional implementations of Oracle9i RAC on raw disk are fast but hard to manage. Administrators cant easily tell how much storage the database has eaten up, which makes routine database backup and recovery more difficult.
"While managing a fast-growing Oracle database environment is more difficult without a file system, many administrators believe raw disk is an acceptable alternative to enhance performance," said Mark Shainman, an analyst at Meta Group, in a statement. "Customers should look for products that dont force them to choose between performance and manageability. An ideal alternative for Oracle9i RAC customers who demand both would be the management capability of a file system combined with the speed of raw disk." Thats where Veritas software can help, said officials of the Mountain View, Calif., company, as it provides high performance and manageability of a clustered Oracle database environment. Veritas Database Edition/Advanced Cluster for Oracle9i Real Application Clusters starts at $11,395.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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