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How can we escape our scalability rut?

Can you help us get out of a rut? About four years ago, we started running Windows NT on 10 Pentium Pro 4-way servers. We outgrew that quickly. We upgraded to a 4-way Xeon servers. A little over a year later, we outgrew that. Then, we got eight-processor Intel SMP servers running Oracle8i on Windows and Veritas Cluster Server. This approach has been costly and is a bear and time-intensive for administration. What's a less-costly, easier to administer scaleable option?

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My suggestion is to deploy Oracle 9i RAC and you will see an easier way to scale by adding processors to your cluster. RAC will help you scale and administer from a single point of view.

This was first published in September 2003

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