Oracle FAQ Your Portal to the Oracle Knowledge Grid

Home -> Community -> Mailing Lists -> Oracle-L -> RE: Some Dataguard is good, lots more must be better? (specifically, when do most actual failovers really occur?)

RE: Some Dataguard is good, lots more must be better? (specifically, when do most actual failovers really occur?)

From: Carel-Jan Engel <>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 22:14:25 +0200
Message-Id: <>

On Wed, 2006-09-20 at 05:46 -0400, Mark W. Farnham wrote:

> <snip>
> <snip>
> Hmm. Certainly you do fail over if primary is dead. But my experience is
> that many more failovers are scheduled for preventive maintenance on the
> normally primary box.

Yes, completely. That's why the majority of my CTs set up a local and a remote standby. The local standby is useful for the 'maintenance' switchover whithout too much side effects of reduced bandwith, DNS changes for the outer world, and so on. The remote is there to secure the data.

> I think it is healthy to regularly failover and back
> on a regular (but relatively infrequent) schedule when a known duration
> blimp can be tolerated. Further, this engages your entire staff in making
> routine transparent network re-routing and all the other issues to use the
> standby as production (and get back).

My best site ever was an airport, where they use to do a switchover on a regular basis. Every last Sunday of the month they switched between the Tower DC and the Terminal DC. 3-4 times a year they found out that some interface had a flaw. Imagine what would have happened if the first failover was performed after 2 or 3 years and would result in 6-12 flawing interfaces. BTW, Kevin, storage replication wouldn't have prevented this in all cases. It was due to missing links of new interfaces (the cabling was simply not there) and alike as well as flawing change procedures ( a file was altered in just one site ISO 2). 'Business' got very confidential about the setup, and asking for a switchover to be able to upgrade hardware or so was granted even at day times, as long as we found a 15 minute window where no plane was departing / landing. (This was dispatching / flight information/check in/apron control only, no flight control)

> I'm curious what others see in the field: Is fail over routine or emergency
> only? Do you have trouble getting back?

Getting back seems to be a problem only at sites that do not perform regular switchovers (say at least once / quarter) For sites that practice at a regular basis doing a switchover or evan a failover tends to become a no brainer.

Best regards,

Carel-Jan Engel

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. (Derek Bok) ===

Received on Wed Sep 20 2006 - 15:14:25 CDT

Original text of this message