Database High Availability Simplified

Oracle RAC on GCP with SkyCluster

Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) is best-in-class technology for database high availability. By enabling Oracle RAC on GCP, SkyCluster unlocks the on-demand agility of the cloud for the most critical applications.

  • Lift-and-shift existing Oracle RAC databases to GCP.
  • Improve availability SLAs for databases already running on GCP.
  • Design new mission critical applications for the cloud based on the industry proven and widely supported database engine.


SkyCluster with Oracle RAC is delivered as a fully integrated Infrastructure-as-Code template. It takes only a few mouse clicks to configure and deploy Oracle RAC to your GCP account. With large Compute Engine VM sizes, Persistent SSD disks, and multi-AZ, SkyCluster enables performance and HA matching or even exceeding most on-premises deployments.

Key components of SkyCluster for GCP:

  • GCP Compute Engine VM instances
  • Persistent SSD disks
  • FlashGrid Storage Fabric software
  • FlashGrid Cloud Area Network software
  • Oracle Grid Infrastructure software
  • Oracle RAC database engine
Oracle RAC on GCP

Typical Configurations

SkyCluster can be deployed in a variety of configurations. Select one that best suits your specific set of HA, performance, capacity, and cost requirements.


Two RAC nodes

The configuration with two database nodes provides tolerance against failure of a single node. Multi-AZ deployment recommended for protection against failure of an entire AZ.


Three RAC nodes

The configuration with three database nodes provides tolerance against simultaneous failure of 2 nodes. Multi-AZ deployment recommended for protection against failure of an entire AZ.

Shared Storage

FlashGrid Storage Fabric turns locally attached disks into shared disks accessible from all nodes in the cluster. The sharing is done at the block level with concurrent access from all nodes.

In 2-node or 3-node clusters each database node has a full copy of user data stored on locally attached Persistent SSD disks. FlashGrid Read‑Local™ Technology allows serving all read I/O from the locally attached disks and increases both read and write I/O performance. Read requests avoid the extra network hop, thus reducing the latency and the amount of the network traffic. As a result, more network bandwidth is available for the write I/O traffic.

Advanced Networking

FlashGrid Cloud Area Network™ (CLAN) enables running high-speed clustered applications in public clouds or multi-datacenter environments with the efficiency and control of a Local Area Network.

Network capabilities enabled by FlashGrid CLAN on GCP:

  • Each type of traffic has its own virtual LAN with a separate virtual NIC, e.g. fg-pub, fg-priv, fg-storage
  • Negligible performance overhead compared to the raw network
  • Minimum guaranteed bandwidth allocation for each traffic type while accommodating traffic bursts
  • Low latency of RAC interconnect in the presence of large volumes of traffic of other types
  • Multicast support
  • Transparent connectivity across Availability Zones

High Availability

  • No single point of failure
  • 2, 3, or more active database nodes
  • 2-way or 3-way synchronous data mirroring by ASM
  • Rolling patches
  • Multi-AZ delivers higher availability than on-premises systems


Flexible Performance

SkyCluster allows you to right-size your cluster at the start and resize later as needed. No need to over-provision in advance for future growth.

  • CPU resources scalable from 4 to 80 cores per node
  • Memory scalable up to 3.8 TB per node
  • Storage performance up to 180K IOPS


DBA Friendly

  • Familiar tools: RMAN, DataGuard, GoldenGate, OEM
  • Full control of database features and patching
  • Standard database patching process
  • Quick and easy storage expansion
  • FlashGrid technical support with deep Oracle expertise


Security and Control

  • Keep full control of the database software and the OS
  • Cluster VMs deployed in your cloud account
  • FlashGrid has no access to the VMs or data
  • Data at rest encrypted on Persistent SSD disks with GCP or customer managed key (optional)
  • Oracle Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) option available



  • Oracle Database: 19c, 18c, 12.2, 12.1, 11.2
  • OS: Oracle Linux 7, RHEL 7
  • Oracle tools: OEM, RMAN, DataGuard, GoldenGate


24/7 Support

FlashGrid support team has deep Oracle and GCP expertise and is ready to help you with the entire infrastructure stack including:

  • FlashGrid software
  • Oracle ASM and Clusterware
  • GCP Compute Engine VMs, VPC networking, Persistent SSD disks
  • Linux kernel/networking/storage components
  • Performance optimization and troubleshooting
“We had to migrate dozens of mission critical Oracle RAC databases from Exadata to AWS with FlashGrid SkyCluster, and were able to do it without sacrificing performance or availability.”

Rama Kolli, Sr. Director – Database Management, S&P Global Ratings

“FlashGrid SkyCluster provides us all elements needed for running our mission-critical Oracle databases in Azure: storage and networking software, deployment automation, and 24x7 support.”

Jay Wilder, Sr. Director of Software Engineering, Nuance Communications

“With FlashGrid and AWS we can now deploy a new application within two weeks instead of six months, without compromising our availability SLA.”

David Urban, VP Operations, Aria Systems

“SkyCluster for Azure proved to be a reliable solution that is easy to implement and support for us as a systems integrator.”


“With our new virtualized RAC running on FlashGrid architecture we do a 125GB full table scan in 6 seconds. That is an 11x improvement over our previous setup.”

Sam Shiel, Oracle DBA, Simplyhealth

“Implementing Oracle RAC with FlashGrid in AWS is an important milestone in Digital Virgo’s cloud journey.”

Mikolaj Klimek, Deputy Director IT Operations and Infrastructure, Digital Virgo

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