YAP – Yet Another RAC Poll

I was talking with someone the other day about Oracle Parallel Server (OPS) and Real Application Clusters. I got to thinking about what percentage of RAC deployments have been done by folks that had prior OPS experience. I wondered if the number was really small?

I remember during the summer of 2000 I was working on the Oracle Disk Manager library at Veritas using a pre-release version of Oracle called Oracle 8.2. That was the code that became the Oracle9i product. The clustered database in Oracle 8.2 was still being called Oracle Parallel Server since that was before the name Real Application Clusters hit the street. Oh well, that is just a little walk down memory lane.

No, not Anjo Kolk’s YAPP, but Yet Another Poll. Yes, if you can bear it, please visit my poll called “RAC Archeology.” And, yes it is yet another poll about RAC, but I’d like to dial in on a couple of aspects of storage as you can tell by the wording of the questions. Maybe the same 150 folks that participated in Jared Still’s poll (as I discussed in Manly Man Part IV) will be kind enough to stop by this one.

Folks, if you use RAC, please take a second to participate in the RAC Archeology poll. Thanks.

16 Responses to “YAP – Yet Another RAC Poll”

  1. 1 Randy Johnson July 11, 2007 at 12:02 am

    I’m in the RAC DBA formerly OPS DBA camp.

  2. 2 kevinclosson July 11, 2007 at 1:00 am

    Hi Randy,

    I’ve seen you over at oracle-l…welcome!

  3. 3 Dave Herring July 11, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Done both too. The OPS database is still running in production!

  4. 4 kevinclosson July 11, 2007 at 4:45 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Dave and yes, I don’t doubt that *you* have at least a little of everything Oracle has ever done running there at Acxiom… I’ve been to Toad Suck (I mean Conway) you know…

  5. 5 Alan Gagne July 11, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Yep, Formerly OPS,now RAC. The fun never stops.

  6. 6 Rich Amick July 11, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Same here – OPS (8172) on HP-UX, RAC (9205) on Linux, soon to be on 64-bit Linux. Also, OPS (7.3) in a former life.

  7. 7 ujang July 13, 2007 at 2:19 am

    same here too
    rac ( on solaris9
    rac (10.2.x) on various platforms (solaris, HP-UX, Linux)

  8. 8 Mark D Powell July 13, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Started with OPS with version 7.0, now RAC on

  9. 9 Andrey KRIUSHIN July 16, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    OPS: –, HP-UX 10.10/20, (non-production), Linux, single-node OPS.

    9.2, 10.1 (non-prod), 10.2

    BTW, yu’ve missed Linux as the platform for OPS 😉

  10. 10 kevinclosson July 16, 2007 at 5:16 pm


    Good point about the fact that I left out Linux as one of the Poll options for an OPS platform. I hope nobody actually did that in production though…eeek…or am I mistaken and 8i OPS on a Linux 2.2 kernel was really cool stuff 🙂

  11. 11 Raffy Ramirez September 23, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Only saw this poll on OPS with your recent RASUI and RAC post.
    Here’s my OPS background with varied clients.
    One client’s 8.1.7 OPS upgraded to 10gR2 RAC only last 2005.
    That began production with OPS 7.3.4 about 11 years ago.

    AIX 3.2 with HACMP 3.1 – 7.3.4
    AIX 4.1 with HACMP 4.1 – 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7

    AIX 4.1 with HACMP 4.1 –
    RHEL2 AS –,,
    RHEL4(64-bit) AS –,

  12. 12 Noons September 24, 2007 at 7:08 am

    OPS, 6.2 in VMS!
    Then RAC testing in 9i with Linux.
    Trying to redo it all on 10g but no time…

  13. 13 Bala September 26, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    No OPS. Just RAC 10g R1 and R2.

  14. 14 cschultz September 26, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    We have had 0 experience with any kind of parallel/clustered platform until a few months ago (10gR2 RAC)

  15. 15 Andrey KRIUSHIN October 13, 2007 at 4:53 pm


    “Good point about the fact that I left out Linux as one of the Poll options for an OPS platform.”

    Definitely, there was nothing special in the kernel, nor was that “port” targeted as a production (IMHO).

    However that special realease allowed to simulate some OPS bevarior features without necessity to bye or borrow an expensive hardware (shared storage, etc). Now there are another possibilities – VMWare cluster, etc

    So its role was predominately an educational one, and a basis for the basic tests (of inter-instance communication influence on the application).

    PS. Sorry for being late for the poll.

  1. 1 RASUI and RAC Polls. Acronyms are Cool. « Kevin Closson’s Oracle Blog: Platform, Storage & Clustering Topics Related to Oracle Databases Trackback on September 21, 2007 at 7:28 pm

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