You can now run 10gR2 databases on Exadata…

… sort of

Exadata now supports the use of ACFS (ASM Cluster File System). Basically, this means that you can now run an Oracle 10gR2 database on an ACFS and make use of the raw processing power of the Exadata machine – without the really cool features, obviously.

I guess it could be pretty useful for consolidation: you could move a 10gR2 database onto the ACFS so it’s running on Exadata and then migrate/upgrade it off ACFS.

Oracle have struggled to get ACFS working, so there will be bugs, no doubt. However, it might be a way to use the mandatory DBFS ASM diskgroup we have, which is empty and going to waste right now.

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