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RAC Technologies Matrix for Linux Platforms

  • Oracle will support the Oracle software on clusters comprised of RAC compatible technologies and supported software combinations
  • Please consult your hardware and software vendors as not all vendors may choose to support their hardware or software in every possible cluster combination
  • For RAC database and server virtualization (Oracle VM, LPAR, vPAR, LDOM, etc.) support see here.
  • For RAC database and SAP certification information see SAP support note 527843.
  • To use Oracle Clusterware, even in a non-RAC environment, the RAC hardware and software requirements must be met (unless otherwise stated.)
  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is supported.   Unified fabric (shared storage, private, and public networks) is supported with Cisco switches.  See MetaLink Note 948372.1.
  • Hitachi Compute Blade logical partitioning feature (also known as BladeSymphony Virtage) are supported with the following configurations: Oracle RAC 10.2.0.5 and 11.2.0.2 or higher with Oracle Linux (OL) and RHEL 5.x (5.4 or higher); Oracle RAC 11.2.0.3 and 12.1.0.1 or higher with OL and RHEL 6.x (6.1 or higher). Oracle RAC 12.2.0.1 with OL and RHEL 6.x (6.1 or higher) and 7.x (7.1 or higher).

NOTE: The information in the following matrix applies to all Linux platforms unless otherwise stated in the platform specific section.

Technology Category Technology Notes
Network Interconnect Technologies Ethernet
  • 1 Gigabit NIC's and Switches
  • 10 GigE recommended (see notes)
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet solution is supported generically.
  • Cisco 10 Gigabit Ethernet solution is supported
  • Cross over cables are not supported  
  • Use correct type of cable (Cat 5, 5e, or 6)
InfiniBand (IB)
  • RDS over IB is supported 
  • IP over IB is supported
  • Oracle only supports Oracle InfiniBand HCAs
  • RDS requires Oracle Linux 5 or later with UEK 2 for Oracle 11.2.0.4 and Oracle Linux 6 or later with UEK 2 for Oracle 12.1.0.2
  • For RDS support on Oracle 11.2.0.3 and prior releases refer to Doc ID: 761804.1
     
 
  • Storage Technologies
  • All storage products must be supported by the server (host) and storage vendors
  • Fibre Channel (FC)
Switch required for greater than two nodes (if the storage system does not have enough FC port for the cluster nodes)
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Cisco FCoE solution is supported 
  • HP FCoE solution is supportd.  See metalink note 1405274.1 for details.
SCSI Support for two nodes only 
iSCSI
  • Support up to 30 nodes.  Private GigE storage network is required. 
  • The iSCSI accessed storage must be supported by the system and storage vendors.
NFS File Server
  • Following NFS storage vendors are supported: EMC, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, NetApp, Hitachi, and Oracle (formerly SUN & Pillar)
  • NFS file servers do not require RAC certification. The NFS file server must be supported by the system and storage vendors.
  • Currently, only NFS protocol version 3 (NFSv3) is supported.
Cluster File System/Volume Manager OCFS 2
  • See the Linux support of Oracle Cluster File System version 2 at the Oracle Linux Project web site
  • OCFS2 is not certified with Standard Edition RAC
  • OCFS2 version 1.2 and 1.4 can be used for Oracle RAC 9i, 10gR1, 10gR2, and 11gR1 on the respective OS versions.
    • OCFS2 version 1.4.1 and higher can be used to store Oracle RAC 11.2.0.2 and higher database files, database software and Oracle Clusterware files.
  • OCFS2 version 1.4.1 and higher is supported for Oracle RAC 12c
OCFS
  • See the Linux support of Oracle Cluster File System at the Oracle Linux Project web site
  • OCFS is not certified with Standard Edition RAC
GFS (6.x)
  • Supported for Oracle 9.2 to 10.2 only. See MetaLink Note 329530.1
PolySeve Matrix Server CFS 3.x For Oracle 10.1 and 10.2.  Only certified with IBM xSeries and HP Proliant Servers
Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System (SFCFS) for Oracle RAC See Certify for detailed support information

Platform Technology Category Technology Notes
Linux x86  Server/Processor Architecture 32-bit x86 Architecture Pentium III or IV including Xeon-based systems AMD x86 standard-based systems
Linux x86-64 (AMD64/EM64T)  Server/Processor Architecture 64-bit x86 Architecture AMD64/EM64T standard-based systems
Linux Itanium (IA64)  Server/Processor Architecture 64-bit IA64 Architecture IA64 standard-based systems

Platform Technology Category Technology Notes
IBM Power Linux Server/Processor Architecture IBM System p, i, BladeCenter JS20, JS21 Advanced Power Virtualization hardware LPAR's are supported including Dynamic LPAR (DLPAR) or shared pool with micro partitions
Network Interconnect Technologies Direct Ethernet in partitions between systems  
Cluster File System/Volume Manager GPFS 2.3, 3.1 
  • GPFS 3.1 is supported with:
  • Oracle 10.2.0.3 and higher on Power Linux (SLES9)
IBM zSeries Linux Server/Processor Architecture IBM System z Certified and supported on certified distributions of Linux running natively in LPARS's or as a guest OS in z/VM virtual machines, deployed on IBM System z 64-bit servers
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 Includes S/390 and zSeries
Network Interconnect Technologies HyperSockets