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Oracle RAC hardware requirements

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonJanuary 29, 2015

How do I see the minimum hardware requirements for Oracle RAC?



Answer: Oracle RAC hardware is release dependent and you can run RAC on a PC.  It's best to get the step-by-step directions from the book "Personal Oracle RAC Clusters: Create Oracle 10g Grid Computing at Home".


For a complete listing of the minimum hardware requirements for RAC in UNIX/Linux, see the RAC hardware compatibility for UNIX.  In part, these requirements include:


Category Technology
Network Interconnect Technologies Ethernet
  • 100 Mbps or 1 Gigabit NIC's and Switches
  • 10 Gigabit (see notes)
InfiniBand (IB)
  • RDS over IB is supported
  • IP over IB is supported
  • Storage Technologies
  • All storage products must be supported by the server (host) and storage vendors
  • Fibre Channel (FC)
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • SCSI
  • iSCSI
  • NFS File Server
  • Cluster File System/Volume Manager
  • OCFS 2
  • OCFS
  • GFS 6.x
  • PolySeve Matrix Server CFS 3.x
  • Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System (SFCFS) for Oracle RAC
  • Platform
  • Technology Category
  • Technology
  • Linux x86
  • Server/Processor Architecture
  • 32-bit x86 Architecture
  • Linux x86-64 (AMD64/EM64T)
  • Server/Processor Architecture
  • 64-bit x86 Architecture
  • Linux Itanium (IA64)
  • Server/Processor Architecture
  • 64-bit IA64 Architecture
  • Platform
  • Technology Category
  • Technology
  • IBM Power Linux
  • Server/Processor Architecture
  • IBM System p, i, BladeCenter JS20, JS21
  • Network Interconnect Technologies
  • Direct Ethernet in partitions between systems
  • Cluster File System/Volume Manager
  • GPFS 2.3, 3.1
  • IBM zSeries Linux
  • Server/Processor Architecture
  • IBM System z
  • Network Interconnect Technologies
  • VLAN within one System z Ethernet over Gigabit OSA card for two System z
  • HyperSockets
  • IBM S/390 Linux
  • Server/Processor Architecture
  • Servers that support the certified Linux/390 releases
  • Network Interconnect Technologies
  • HyperSockets


Again, consult Oracle Corporation for the most up-to-date hardware for RAC.

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