Friday, March 22, 2013

Oracle VLDB on AWS

As enterprise began to move to the cloud, the question of running very large Oracle databases on AWS is coming up.  Of course, the definition of a what is a VLDB varies by industry, size of company, and personal opinion.   For our discussion, let's say it is a 10's of TB database.  In this case, most Oracle databases of this size will be running on Oracle RAC.   Currently, Oracle RAC is not supported on AWS.
A method to get around the lack of support for RAC in AWS is running the application on EC2, and Oracle RAC in a co-location facility or customer data center. AWS Direct Connect allows establishing private connectivity between AWS and data center/co location or customer data center to achieve the speed required. Datapipe is one AWS hosting provider partner that has done this: 

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