Real Application Clusters (RAC) and the Grid architecture are Oracle's strategy for scaling out enterprise systems to cope with bigger workloads and more users. Many books limit themselves by conceptualizing and theorizing about RAC technology, but this book is the first to portray implementing and administering an Oracle 10g RAC system in a Linux environment. This book features basic concepts underlying Linux and Oracle RAC, design strategies, hardware procurement and configuration, and many other topics.
The RAC-specific technologies described include configuration of the interconnect, OCFS, ASM, Cluster Ready Services, and Grid Control. The Oracle features RMAN and Data Guard are also discussed, along with available hardware options. The authors include practical examples and configuration information, so that upon reading this book, you'll be armed with the information you need to build an Oracle RAC database on Linux, whether it is on a single laptop or a 64-node Itanium cluster.
About the Author
Julian Dyke is an independent consultant specializing in Oracle Database technology. He has over 20 years of database experience, including more than 15 years as an Oracle DBA, developer, and consultant. He is chair of the UK Oracle User Group Real Application Clusters Special Interest Group (UKOUG RAC SIG) and a member of the Oak Table Network. He regularly presents at conferences, seminars, and usergroup meetings in the UK, Europe, and the US. He also maintains www.juliandyke.com, which specializes in Oracle diagnostics, optimization, and internals. He is an Oracle Certified Professional and holds a bachelor of science degree in computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK. Steve Shaw is the lead Oracle technologist for Intel Corporation in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa). Steve has over 12 years of commercial IT experience with 8 years dedicated to working with the Oracle Database, including a period of time with Oracle Corporation. Steve is the author of Hammerora, the open source Oracle load-test tool, and an expert on Oracle benchmarks and performance. Steve has contributed articles to many Oracle publications and web sites and presents regularly at Oracle seminars, conferences, and special-interest group meetings. He is an Oracle Certified Professional and holds a master of science degree in computing from the University of Bradford, UK.