RE: datafiles on NFS?

From: Elliott, Patrick <>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 10:43:00 -0500
Message-ID: <>

Thanks for the clarification, Mat. I wanted to take back my email right after I sent it when I gave the specific vendor name. The key point that I wanted to make is that generic, out-of-the-box UNIX NFS mount points will not work for an Oracle database.


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From: Matthew Zito [] Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:35 AM
To: Elliott, Patrick;; ORACLE-L Subject: RE: datafiles on NFS?

While I am a huge fan of NetApp, in fairness, there are more vendors that are certified for Oracle NFS than just NetApp. EMC, BlueArc, HP's Storage Gateway (formerly PolyServe), and some others all have certified NFS platforms. Kevin Closson, who worked for PolyServe pre-HP acquisition, has written about Oracle on NFS extensively.



Matthew Zito
Chief Scientist
GridApp Systems
P: 646-452-4090

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From: on behalf of Elliott, Patrick Sent: Tue 3/11/2008 10:42 AM
To:; ORACLE-L Subject: RE: datafiles on NFS?

NFS will work only if you are using Network Appliance. Just plain UNIX NFS will not work. You will get a corrupt database.


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From: [] On Behalf Of Greg Norris Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 8:18 AM
Subject: datafiles on NFS?

I've got a 9iR2 database on an AIX server which is currently experiencing some SAN problems. The SysAdmins have indicated that we need to move off the SAN for several days while they address the issue, and has suggested that we relocate the database to NFS in the interim. My preference would be a backup/restore to another server, but we unfortunately don't have any other AIX systems available, and the application has some constraints which prevent us from migrating to another OS at present.

I'm somewhat reluctant to use NFS for Oracle datafiles, largely because we simply haven't done this for any other environments, but I'm not sure that I have many options in this specific case. Is anyone doing this? If so, is there anything in particular that I should be sure to check/address?



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