RE: datafiles on NFS?

  • From: "Elliott, Patrick" <patrick.elliott@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Matthew Zito <mzito@xxxxxxxxxxx>, "spikey.mcmarbles@xxxxxxxxx" <spikey.mcmarbles@xxxxxxxxx>, ORACLE-L <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 10:43:00 -0500

Thanks for the clarification, Mat.  I wanted to take back my email right after 
I sent it when I gave the specific vendor name.  The key point that I wanted to 
make is that generic, out-of-the-box UNIX NFS mount points will not work for an 
Oracle database.


-----Original Message-----
From: Matthew Zito [mailto:mzito@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:35 AM
To: Elliott, Patrick; spikey.mcmarbles@xxxxxxxxx; ORACLE-L
Subject: RE: datafiles on NFS?

While I am a huge fan of NetApp, in fairness, there are more vendors that are 
certified for Oracle NFS than just NetApp.  EMC, BlueArc, HP's Storage Gateway 
(formerly PolyServe), and some others all have certified NFS platforms.  Kevin 
Closson, who worked for PolyServe pre-HP acquisition, has written about Oracle 
on NFS extensively.


Matthew Zito
Chief Scientist
GridApp Systems
P: 646-452-4090

-----Original Message-----
From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Elliott, Patrick
Sent: Tue 3/11/2008 10:42 AM
To: spikey.mcmarbles@xxxxxxxxx; ORACLE-L
Subject: RE: datafiles on NFS?

NFS will work only if you are using Network Appliance.  Just plain UNIX NFS 
will not work.  You will get a corrupt database.


-----Original Message-----
From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Greg Norris
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 8:18 AM
Subject: datafiles on NFS?

I've got a 9iR2 database on an AIX server which is currently experiencing some 
SAN problems.  The SysAdmins have indicated that we need to move off the SAN 
for several days while they address the issue, and has suggested that we 
relocate the database to NFS in the interim.  My preference would be a 
backup/restore to another server, but we unfortunately don't have any other AIX 
systems available, and the application has some constraints which prevent us 
from migrating to another OS at present.

I'm somewhat reluctant to use NFS for Oracle datafiles, largely because we 
simply haven't done this for any other environments, but I'm not sure that I 
have many options in this specific case.  Is anyone doing this?  If so, is 
there anything in particular that I should be sure to check/address?


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