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) (click on video below)
  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)

Date: Feb 21, 2013

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Grid Infrastructure Licensing Tips

>> Dave:  Just a couple of questions about Grid Infrastructure storages that’s separately licensed.




>> John:  Oh gosh. If I were a salesman, I will be rich. This is one of the more confusing aspects at the moment. 


When the Grid Infrastructure storage – no. Let me take a step back. 




Grid Infrastructure storage for ASM is not separately licensed. That’s included with any database license you may have. Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition – they all have including the database storage license. 




ACFS when it was first released with 11.2, 11.2.01 it was included. However, it became extremely popular for a very good reason and Oracle has decided to backtrack a bit on the bundle licensing for ACFS. 


I do now see that when it’s [01:04 inaudible] cloud file system, there may be – depending on what you’re doing – there may be licensing implications. But I’m afraid I’m not enough of any expert on licensing to then get further on that at the moment. 

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