Database High Availability Simplified

FlashGrid SkyCluster enables Oracle RAC on Google Cloud Platform

Oracle RAC is the most trusted high availability solution for running mission critical databases. FlashGrid SkyCluster is an engineered cloud system enabling infrastructure capabilities required for running Oracle RAC on GCP.

  • Advanced network capabilities required by RAC: multicast, virtual IPs, segregation of different types of traffic
  • Shared high-performance storage accessible from all nodes in the cluster
  • Automated and repeatable Infrastructure-as-Code deployment

FlashGrid Cloud Area Network

FlashGrid Cloud Area Network™ software enables migration of mission-critical applications to the public cloud by bridging the gap between the limited network capabilities that the public clouds provide and the capabilities required for achieving maximum availability. FlashGrid Cloud Area Network™ enables running high-speed clustered applications in public clouds or multi-datacenter environments with the efficiency and control of a Local Area Network.

FlashGrid Storage Fabric

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 Persistent SSD disks attached to that database node. The 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.

Maximum Availability with Multi-AZ

Each GCP cloud region has 3 or more availability zones. The availability zones are isolated from each other while providing high speed network connectivity between them. Placing Oracle RAC nodes in multiple availability zones provides high availability above the level achievable in a traditional data center.

Flexible Performance

GCP offers variety of VM sizes with different numbers of CPU cores and different memory sizes to meet the needs of various database workloads. When more resources are needed, the instance types of the database nodes can be easily changed one by one without causing database downtime.

Persistent SSD storage can provide a single cluster with over 100K IOPS, which is comparable to a dedicated all-flash array.

Integrated with Oracle Grid Infrastructure

FlashGrid Storage Fabric integrates seamlessly with the most trusted HA platform. FlashGrid SkyCluster leverages Oracle Clusterware and ASM capabilities and is easy to use for Oracle DBAs.

Automated deployment with a few mouse clicks

Create a high availability cluster in the cloud in just a few mouse clicks. The process of deploying cloud resources, clusterware, and HA storage is fully automated with FlashGrid SkyCluster Launcher.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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