Compatibility with Oracle RAC 10g and E-business 11i ?

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Dec 16th, 2007

Hi netpros,

I am currently helping the sales guys with a tender. The customer requires the solution to be compatible for delivering Oracle RAC 10g and e-business 11i. we are proposing a combination of Cat6509E for the core with Infiniband server switches. Are these devices OK for use with Oracle. I have not much experience with Data centers and so any help is much appreciated.

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Correct Answer by andrew.burns about 8 years 10 months ago


Yes - it will definitely work, see here:

I also remember reading an Oracle doc where they said that Infiniband was their strategic direction, but I'm not sure if that's still the case.



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andrew.burns Mon, 12/17/2007 - 01:53


It just so happens Cisco have a paper on exactly this subject (Oracle and e-business 11i) here:

The design is somewhat OTT as it includes everything which Cisco thinks may be even vaguely useful, including ACE and FWSM modules. However, it's very useful as a comparison document and does include some good design tips, and the references at the end are also worth following up.

I wouldn't want to get into the whole Infiniband vs Fiber Channel argument (the doc uses MDS switches) but both work just fine in the DC environment.



Fernando_Meza Mon, 12/17/2007 - 12:15

Hi Andrew,

Appreciate your comments. I have also found that document yesterday after posting the question and am currently reading about it. it does not mention Infiniband but according with your experience .. can you definitely confirm that they are compatible with RAC 10g and E-business 11i ..? again your comments are much appreciated.

nkelshik Wed, 12/19/2007 - 09:11

Cisco 6509 and SFS InfiniBand switches are OK for use with the applications you have referenced. Cisco has done significant testing with Oracle 10g RAC for compatibility with Cisco InfiniBand switches.

One can use IPoIB upper layer protocol for Oracle cache fusion communication traffic in Oracle RAC 10g. With Oracle RAC 11g one may use the InfiniBand RDS protocol for Oracle database acceleration.


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