Automatic Storage Management (ASM) - Survey

From: Syed Jaffar Hussain <>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 18:06:59 +0300
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Few days back, I have borrowed the latest "Oracle Automatic Storage Management" book to read during the week-end and thought of writing review about ASM book. I did write previous about this book at my blog:

I am not going discuss the book review, rather, would like to share the following intresting point from the book.

On Chapter 12 - "From Discussion to Deployment" authors have made following interesting points:

  • Why System Administrators Freak Out over ASM
  • Why Vendors of Storage and Volume Managers Dislike ASM
  • ASM - What's in it for the Budiness
  • What DBAs Need to know before Talking to System Administrators about ASM
  • Peer Politics

It was indeed very interesting reading to know how now DBAs are going to face with System Administrators in order to convince them to use ASM instead of the typical filesystem or etc.

I initially thought of conducting a survey about ASM on my blogspot. Unfotunately, either I don't know how to do it or no facility is provided by the blogspot for a survey page.

Following points I would like to ask to the Oracle DBAs:

  1. Do you use ASM? (YES/NO)

Complete the following when you say YES to the above question:

2. Which OS             - (AIX, SOLARIS, LINUX & Windows)
3. Do you use ASM for a single instance? (YES / NO)
4. Have you ever performed the migration? non-ASM to ASM?   (YES/NO).
5. Which redundancy option have you used?  (External / Normal / High)
6. Do you think the Oracle document about ASM is sufficient enough?
(Sufficient / Bad / Okay)
7. Do you think a seaprate ASM administratore is required to manage ASM instance? (YES/NO)
8. Do you think ASM is very much stable? (YES/NO/CAN'T SAY) 9. Do you recommend ASM? (YES/NO)
10. Do you think managing ASM is very easy? (YES/NO).

Appreciate if you can throw sme inputs from your experience.

Best Regards,

Syed Jaffar Hussain
Oracle ACE
8i,9i & 10g OCP DBA
RAC Certified Expert

Official Oracle RAC SIG Representative for Saudi Arabian region  (
"Winners don't do different things. They do things differently."

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