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Physical Standby database creation using FlashRecover Snapshots

To create a physical standby database, DBAs generally take an RMAN backup of the primary database, transfer them to the standby system and recover/duplicate them to create the standby database.  Based on the size of the database and the distance between the sites where the standby database is created, the backup/restore, as well as transfer, can …

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Database cloning with ZFS on Pure FlashArray – Part I

Most of Pure FlashArray customers use Oracle on ASM or cooked filesystems like EXT4 or XFS.  Rarely I do see ZFS and generally, those are Solaris users.  Still, I do periodically get questions about ZFS with Pure FlashArray, specifically on database cloning where the database is hosted on FlashArray volumes.  Hence, this post is to …

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Cloning Oracle Database on ASM with Pure FlashArray on to same host

A lot of customers have requested the steps to clone an Oracle database on ASM hosted on Pure FlashArray, on to the same database host like cloning QA database into DEV on the same host. The problem is, cloning an ASM lun and mounting it onto the same host would result in two luns with …

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Oracle Database cloning using VVols

Update (Aug 9th 2017): The Purity version with VVols integration is available starting 5.0 which is in beta currently.  Check out our support website (support.purestorage.com) for Purity 5.0 availability. There has been lot of talks about VVols and how the storage vendors are implementing it.  I am not a VMware vExpert and this blog post …

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Extending (root) volume on LVM on Pure FlashArray

My earlier post Online resizing of Oracle volumes on Pure FlashArray was focused on resizing Pure FlashArray volumes that were mounted directly or through Oracle ASM.  What if the volume is part of LVM and you wanted to extend the size of a logical volume? Disclaimer: Even though the following sequence of steps were validated in …

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