Newsletters Archive - 2008

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  Oracle RAC 11g Release 1 / iSCSI / CentOS 5.1 — (03-January-2008)

First, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

This week I published the latest in a series of articles on how to build an 
inexpensive Oracle RAC system. This article focuses on Oracle's newest 
release — Oracle 11g Release 1 ( as well as the latest version of 
CentOS (version 5.1).

As with its predecessor, this article provides detailed instructions on how to 
build a two-node Oracle RAC system using low cost hardware and freely available 
software. A network storage server will be built using Openfiler and iSCSI 
technology which will be used for all shared storage requirements. Powered by 
rPath Linux, Openfiler is a free browser-based network storage management 
utility that delivers file-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) and block-based 
Storage Area Networking (SAN) in a single framework. Openfiler supports CIFS, 
NFS, HTTP/DAV, FTP, however, I will only be making use of its iSCSI 
capabilities to implement an inexpensive SAN for the shared storage component 
required by Oracle RAC 11g.

The newly updated Oracle RAC 11g / iSCSI article can be found at:

Building an Inexpensive Oracle RAC 11g Release 1 on Linux - (CentOS 5.1 / iSCSI)

Jeffrey M. Hunter
Sr. Database Administrator