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VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with Oracle RAC, IBM FlashSystem V9000, and IBM Spectrum Protect

Book Description

Dynamic organizations want to accelerate growth while reducing costs. To do so, they must speed the deployment of business applications and adapt quickly to any changes in priorities. Organizations today require an IT infrastructure that is easy, efficient, and versatile.

The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM® can help you accelerate the deployment of your data centers. It reduces costs by more efficiently managing information and resources while maintaining your ability to adapt to business change.

The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the efficiency of the IBM Storwize® storage system. The Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure includes the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS switches, and Cisco UCS Director. The IBM FlashSystem® V9000 enhances virtual environments with its Data Virtualization, IBM Real-time Compression™, and IBM Easy Tier® features. These features deliver extraordinary levels of performance and efficiency.

The VersaStack solution is Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) ready. Your IT team can build, deploy, secure, and maintain applications through a more agile framework. Cisco Intercloud Fabric capabilities help enable the creation of open and highly secure solutions for the hybrid cloud. These solutions accelerate your IT transformation while delivering dramatic improvements in operational efficiency and simplicity.

Cisco and IBM are global leaders in the IT industry. The VersaStack solution gives you the opportunity to take advantage of integrated infrastructure solutions that are targeted at enterprise applications, analytics, and cloud solutions.

The VersaStack solution is backed by Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) to provide faster delivery of applications, greater IT efficiency, and less risk.

This IBM Redbooks® publication is aimed at experienced storage administrators who are tasked with deploying a VersaStack solution with Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) and IBM Spectrum™ Protect.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
  2. Notices
    1. Trademarks
  3. Preface
    1. Authors
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    3. Comments welcome
    4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
  4. Chapter 1. Introduction
    1. 1.1 Easy, efficient, and versatile
    2. 1.2 Evolving data center requirements
    3. 1.3 Holistic approach
    4. 1.4 Hardware options
    5. 1.5 Related information
  5. Chapter 2. Architecture
    1. 2.1 Architecture features
    2. 2.2 Environment overview
      1. 2.2.1 Cisco UCS C3260 Server
    3. 2.3 IBM Spectrum Protect server deployment on Cisco UCS C3260
      1. 2.3.1 Pre-installation Steps
  6. Chapter 3. Software configuration and revision guidelines
    1. 3.1 Software revisions
    2. 3.2 Configuration guidelines
  7. Chapter 4. Planning for Oracle Real Application Clusters
    1. 4.1 Design considerations
      1. 4.1.1 Database workload
      2. 4.1.2 Server virtualization
      3. 4.1.3 Database availability
      4. 4.1.4 Quality of service and network segregation
      5. 4.1.5 Network availability
    2. 4.2 Network and Storage Design
      1. 4.2.1 Network Design
      2. 4.2.2 Single Client Access Name (SCAN)
      3. 4.2.3 Storage Design
      4. 4.2.4 Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) design
  8. Chapter 5. Physical infrastructure
    1. 5.1 VersaStack cabling
    2. 5.2 Storage compatibility and interoperability
    3. 5.3 VersaStack system build process
  9. Chapter 6. IBM FlashSystem V9000 storage configuration
    1. 6.1 Volume layout for four node Oracle-RAC
    2. 6.2 Volume creation and mapping
  10. Chapter 7. Virtual infrastructure configuration
    1. 7.1 ESXi Configuration
      1. 7.1.1 Scan Disk Devices
      2. 7.1.2 Mark FlashSystem V9000 Disks as Flash Disks
      3. 7.1.3 Modify Path Selection Policy
      4. 7.1.4 Create datastore
      5. 7.1.5 Configure NIC Teaming
      6. 7.1.6 Enable Jumbo Frames
      7. 7.1.7 Add Host Networking
    2. 7.2 Create and modify virtual machines
      1. 7.2.1 Create virtual machines
      2. 7.2.2 Add network adapter
      3. 7.2.3 Create shared disks for virtual machines
      4. 7.2.4 Install VMware Tools
      5. 7.2.5 Disable VMware Tools Time Synchronization
      6. 7.2.6 Enable disk UUID
    3. 7.3 Considerations of installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux
      1. 7.3.1 Base Environment Selection during installation
      2. 7.3.2 Swap size
  11. Chapter 8. Oracle RAC installation
    1. 8.1 Oracle Cluster network and storage planning
      1. 8.1.1 Network planning
      2. 8.1.2 Storage planning
    2. 8.2 Oracle RAC installation preparation
      1. 8.2.1 Check hardware configuration
      2. 8.2.2 Check Linux kernel and OS version
      3. 8.2.3 Setup hostname
      4. 8.2.4 Configure IP address
      5. 8.2.5 Check swap size
      6. 8.2.6 Enable jumbo frames support on private Ethernet interface
      7. 8.2.7 Configure DNS Server
      8. 8.2.8 Synchronize Time with Time Server
      9. 8.2.9 Install required RPM packages
      10. 8.2.10 Create users and groups
      11. 8.2.11 Configure firewall
      12. 8.2.12 Configure SELinux
      13. 8.2.13 Set Kernel parameters
      14. 8.2.14 Set user limits
      15. 8.2.15 Disable avahi-daemon service and Zero Configuration Networking
      16. 8.2.16 Disable RemoveIPC feature
      17. 8.2.17 Shared memory file system /dev/shm
      18. 8.2.18 Disable Transparent HugePages
      19. 8.2.19 Setting disk I/O scheduler on Linux
      20. 8.2.20 Create disk partitions
      21. 8.2.21 Install and Configure Oracle ASMLib
    3. 8.3 Oracle Grid Infrastructure installation
      1. 8.3.1 Get installation packages
      2. 8.3.2 Install Oracle Cluster Verification Utility
      3. 8.3.3 Oracle Grid Infrastructure installation
    4. 8.4 Oracle RAC Database installation
    5. 8.5 Create Oracle ASM disk groups
    6. 8.6 Oracle RAC Database creation
      1. 8.6.1 Oracle RAC Database creation
      2. 8.6.2 Update grid and oracle user profile
      3. 8.6.3 HugePages Configuration
    7. 8.7 Oracle RAC Database Management
      1. 8.7.1 Enable archive log mode
      2. 8.7.2 Add redo log group
      3. 8.7.3 Multiplex Oracle control files
      4. 8.7.4 Update processes and sessions parameters
      5. 8.7.5 Startup and shutdown of Oracle CRS and Database
      6. 8.7.6 OCR and voting disk management
  12. Chapter 9. Using IBM Spectrum Protect
    1. 9.1 Environment overview
      1. 9.1.1 IBM Spectrum Protect Backup Server
      2. 9.1.2 IBM Spectrum Protect Blueprints
      3. 9.1.3 IBM Spectrum Protect Operations Center
      4. 9.1.4 IBM Spectrum Protect Data Protection for Databases: Oracle
    2. 9.2 IBM Spectrum Protect server deployment
      1. 9.2.1 Code installation: Step 1
      2. 9.2.2 Server configuration using automated Blueprint script: Step 2
    3. 9.3 DP for Oracle: Install and configure IBM Spectrum Protect on Oracle server node
      1. 9.3.1 BAC Installation
      2. 9.3.2 Install and configure Data Protection (DP) for Databases (TDPO)
      3. 9.3.3 TDPO.opt
      4. 9.3.4 TDPO dsm.opt
      5. 9.3.5 BAC API dsm.sys
      6. 9.3.6 Use RMAN to back up the Oracle Database using TDPO
      7. 9.3.7 IBM Spectrum Protect activity log for Oracle database backup
      8. 9.3.8 View of backup data from IBM Spectrum Protect Operations Center
      9. 9.3.9 View of Oracle server node from IBM Spectrum Protect Operations Center
      10. 9.3.10 TSM CLI query occ command after backups
  13. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks
    2. Other resources
    3. Online resources
    4. Help from IBM
  14. Back cover