RAID 5 should be fast for reads - unless you have a significant amount of writes occurring at the same time. Do you see a disk I/O bottleneck when you're running the backups? What do you see the backup sessions spending waiting on? ________________________________ From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Naqi Mirza Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 11:51 PM To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Slow RMAN Backups Hi, I was wondering whether anyone has experienced poor backup times with oracle databases on RAID 5? Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message or attachments hereto. Please advise immediately if you or your employer do not consent to Internet email for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of this company shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it.