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Oracle Solaris Cluster System Administration Guide     Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1
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1.  Introduction to Administering Oracle Solaris Cluster

2.  Oracle Solaris Cluster and RBAC

3.  Shutting Down and Booting a Cluster

4.  Data Replication Approaches

Understanding Data Replication

Supported Data Replication Methods

Using Storage-Based Data Replication Within a Cluster

Requirements and Restrictions When Using Storage-Based Data Replication Within a Cluster

Manual Recovery Concerns When Using Storage-Based Data Replication Within a Cluster

Best Practices When Using Storage-Based Data Replication

5.  Administering Global Devices, Disk-Path Monitoring, and Cluster File Systems

6.  Administering Quorum

7.  Administering Cluster Interconnects and Public Networks

8.  Adding and Removing a Node

9.  Administering the Cluster

10.  Configuring Control of CPU Usage

11.  Updating Your Software

12.  Backing Up and Restoring a Cluster

A.  Example


Understanding Data Replication

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 supports the following approaches to data replication.

Host-based data replication uses software to replicate disk volumes between geographically dispersed clusters in real time. Remote mirror replication enables data from the master volume of the primary cluster to be replicated to the master volume of the geographically dispersed secondary cluster. A remote mirror bitmap tracks differences between the master volume on the primary disk and the master volume on the secondary disk. An example of host-based replication software used for replication between clusters (and between a cluster and a host that is not in a cluster) is the Availability Suite feature of Oracle Solaris.

Host-based data replication is an inexpensive less expensive data replication solution because it uses host resources, rather than special storage arrays. Databases, applications, or file systems that are configured to allow multiple hosts running the Oracle Solaris OS to write data to a shared volume are not supported (for example, Oracle RAC). For more information about using host-based data replication between two clusters, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Data Replication Guide for Oracle Solaris Availability Suite. To see an example of host-based replication that does not use Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition, see Appendix A, Configuring Host-Based Data Replication With Availability Suite Software.

Supported Data Replication Methods

Oracle Solaris Cluster software supports the following methods of data replication between clusters or within a cluster:

  1. Replication Between Clusters – For disaster recovery, you can use host-based or storage-based replication to perform data replication between clusters. Generally, you would choose either host-based replication or storage-based replication, rather than a combination of the two. You can manage both types of replication with Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition software.

  2. Replication Within a Cluster – This method is used as a replacement for host-based mirroring.

    • Storage-Based Replication

      • EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF)

  3. Application-Based Replication – Oracle Data Guard is an example of application-based replication software. This type of software is used only for disaster recovery to replicate a single-instance or RAC database. For more information, see the Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Data Replication Guide for Oracle Data Guard.