What is Oracle Grid Infrastructure – A Free Tutorial

What is Grid Infrastructure? (Hint: It is not Grid Control.)

It is still possible to run an Oracle database without Oracle Grid Infrastructure. But is it sensible?  And, if you want to use ASM – which we strongly recommend – you need GI!

In this tutorial you will learn how Grid Infrastructure can replace (or complement) third party products for RAID, network management, and high availability. At the same time, using these facilities can improve performance dramatically. Grid Infrastructure is the way Oracle is moving, and we want to show you that it is not necessarily complicated and can indeed make your life simpler. It can also save you money.

Content: live demonstrations of configuring and using Grid Infrastructure services with release 11g.

Audience: DBAs looking for entry level knowledge of what Grid Infrastruture can do.

Presenter: John Watson, Oracle Certified Master DBA

This free training is segmented into several separate lessons:

  1. Introduction (1:35)
  2. Why All Administrators Need to Know Grid Infrastructure (3:27)
  3. Intro to Network Administration with Grid Infrastructure (3:18)
  4. Demonstration – Network Administration with Grid Infrastructure (5:46)
  5. Network Administration with Grid Infrastructure Q & A (3:28)
  6. Grid Infrastructure Licensing Tips (1:21)
  7. Grid Infrastructure Storage Management, ACFS, the Cloud File System (5:00)
  8. Demonstration: ACFS, Cloud File System, Storage Management (4:02)
  9. High Availability with Oracle Grid Infrastructure (10:50)
  10. SQL Net Listening Architecture and SCAN (4:26)
  11. Conclusion: Planning for Oracle 11g / 12c Grid Infrastructure (1:16) (click on video below)

Date: Feb 21, 2013

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Conclusion: Planning for Oracle 11g / 12c Grid Infrastructure

>> John:  The conclusion I want to come to, Oracle is moving everything to Grid Infrastructure. Oracle is really pushing it. And you can move not just your databases but many applications as well. You can use Grid Infrastructure to support your email servers, your web servers, everything. It requires storage and networking capabilities. 




That’s why we see the domains are merging. And everyone really does need to start studying Grid Infrastructure and start studying it now. Because if you’re not using it now, I think you’re going to be using it in the very near future. So what I would advise everyone to do is start reassessing your environment and see what you’re using. What third party products are you using? What are your requirements for fault tolerance [00:54 inaudible] and see how Grid Infrastructure could fit in to that environment. What components could you use? What existing products could you replace? And how will Grid Infrastructure work with it? 


You need to start planning for this now. I strongly believe that. And with that I pass you back to Dave.


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