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Re: Oracle on VMS?

From: Paul Baumgartel <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 12:53:58 -0500
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My first experience with Oracle was version 5.1 on a VAX cluster, and I continued using VMS for 7 or 8 years. I used Oracle81 OPS on VMS and it worked great. VMS clustering is, hands down, the best there is.

The proposed data center design uses VMS host-based volume shadowing across an intersite (there are two data centers about 18 miles apart, each with its own VMS cluster) link that would give me a RAC cluster with machines in two buildings. I wouldn't have to worry about Data Guard, setting up two RAC configurations, etc. BUT VMS is a niche platform, barely alive, and the prospects for adequate support from Oracle are slim. That's why I'm balking.


On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:31:17 -0600, Jesse, Rich <> wrote:
> Have you checked out RAC on VMS? Since the RAC's clustering technology
> was born in VMS, the docs (from memory, 9i) had no prerequisite setup
> for a VMS cluster. Not that I'm advocating RAC, but that little tidbit
> was interesting, given the setup needed on Linux for RAC.
> The last I used Oracle on VMS was 8.0.5 on VMS 7.2. I hope Oracle's at
> least using OFA on VMS now. The directory structure of an Oracle
> install on VMS was way different from Linux/HPUX/Solaris back then.
> GL!
> Rich
> Former 10-year VMS admin
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Paul Baumgartel
> Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 8:00 AM
> To: Mercadante, Thomas F
> Cc: Oracle-L (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: Oracle on VMS?
> Tom,
> Actually, the argument is being made by the data center people because a
> major back-end system already runs on VMS. We currently run Oracle on
> Windows and want to move to RAC, which to me means Linux; the data
> center would prefer that we not introduce another OS. I agree about
> stability, and the OS expertise exists in the data center, but I think
> the availability and support issues will carry the day. BTW, Oracle10g
> is still not available for VMS.
> Thanks for your 2 cents!
> Paul
> --

Paul Baumgartel
Received on Thu Mar 31 2005 - 12:57:51 CST

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