RAC stability

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-01-08 Print this article Print

Across the board, Vallath is happy with Oracles efforts. There are no features that Oracle didnt get right, and Oracle Database 10g Beta is a very stable product overall. So its a stable product. But plenty of people still question security with regards to grid. Who can blame them? After all, more nodes, more points of weakness.
Vallath pooh-poohed these worries. "The more-nodes concept has been in the Oracle architecture for quite some time now," he said. "With OPS, prior to Oracle 9i, and then with RAC in Oracle 9i, Oracle always supported multiple nodes. Security has been one of the primary focus points of Oracle. [As it is,] Oracle had increased its security features with Oracle 9i."
OK, so what about Orbitz? The daylong outage back in July wasnt exactly a vote of confidence for RAC stability. Still, Vallath holds fast. "RAC is an extremely reliable product. I have several clients of mine running RAC without any issues whatsoever," he said. "RAC architecture is now more robust with new features in 10g, more features for higher availability and scalability. This has prompted me to write my second book exclusively on 10g RAC." Click here to read more 10g happy talk from the IOUG. Sheesh—didnt the International Oracle Users Group once take jabs at Oracle? Nowadays, they sound like somebody sprinkled grid pixie dust on their Cheerios. Either 10g is the best thing since sliced bread, or the real IOUG staffers are tied and gagged in a warehouse somewhere in Redwood Shores. Does 10g strike you as too good to be true? Have the IOUG been replaced with Stepford Wife clones? Write me at lisa_vaas@comcast.net. Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com 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 eWEEK.com, 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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