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.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. Sheeshdidnt 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum
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."