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Re: 10g ASM is junk ...

From: Tony Dare <>
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 08:20:08 -0700
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Please excuse me, I am new to the news group and don't mean to intrude, but as I understand it ASM stripes your data across Logical Units, not disks per se. So you implement hardware RAID as you like create your volumes (LUNS) and then Oracle ASM manages data placement across the logical units and rebalances according to amount of data and intensity of usage. This is what I have read. Those who have taken offered classes on it would have the straight "poop," of course.

My $0.02 only.

Cheers and thanks,

Tony Dare

Mark D Powell wrote:
> "Niall Litchfield" <> wrote in message news:<40b3973a$0$20508$>...

>>"Domenic" <> wrote in message
>>>I've been looking over ASM in 10g.  Am I the only one who thinks ASM
>>>is a piece of junk?  It looks like software-based RAID, and you need
>>>to take on the overhead of an ASM instance.  How can this possibly be
>>>faster or better than striping/mirroring at the operating system
>>I don't see it as junk, and I don't see it as software RAID - I see it as a
>>software SAN (or possibly a cheap SAN). I'd rather have a hardware SAN and
>>none of this auto balancing malarkey (I believe that is the technical term
>>:( ) .
>>lets see what it looks like in 10g release 3 or 11x release 2.

> Apple Computer has just come out with a software SAN. I think it is
> called xSAN. There may be some advantages of software over hardware
> in this case. Quite a few sites have had problems properly
> configuring their hardware SANs. A software version can take user
> errors out of the equation.
> I think it may be too early to judge the merits of ASM. The question
> right now may be just how good a job has Oracle done on the
> logic/code? For sites with no real Oracle DBA or DBA's forced to work
> with several databases at once without the benefit of in-depth
> knowledge it may be the best disk solution.
> IMHO -- Mark D Powell --
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