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How do I know if I need Oracle ACO / ASO / RAC / RAT ?

   The Database Technology market is full of various products, even when we look at just Oracle's line of products - Advanced Security, Advanced Compression, Real Application Clusters (RAC), Real Application Testing (RAT), Exadata & so on ! However, we don't just go out and buy anything - we have to have a need to have certain helper software / features to make our lives easier. How do we assess whether I need one or another ? Here's my humble attempt today to make a checklist for these 4 products (To print-out or view the sheets fully, use the direct links) ... Exadata coming soon :-) :

(1) Assessing the need for Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) :

RAC checklist

(2) Assessing the need for Oracle Advanced Security Option (ASO) :

ASO checklist sheet1
ASO checklist sheet2

(3) Assessing the need for Oracle Advanced Compression Option (ACO)

ACO checklist

(4) Assessing the need for Oracle Real Application Testing (RAT)

RAT checklist sheet1
RAT checklist sheet2

   If you have any suggestions on improvement, please let me know. Ia appreciate your time spent here - I hope you get some useful information out of this. Have fun architect-ing :-) !

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Note: 338461.1: SQL*Plus With Instant Client Hangs, When System Uptime Is More Than 248 Days

Note:4612267.8 : Bug 4612267 - OCI client spins when machine uptime >= 249 days

2 General Instructions

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