Running Database Applicasions on NAS: How and Why?

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Monday, April 6, 2009
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The use of NFS as a storage interconnect protocol for serious enterprise-class databases began around 1995. The number of businesses running production databases over NAS protocols has grown steadily since then. This talk will discuss the benefits and risks of using NFS as a database storage protocol, provide some historical examples of the subtle bugs that NFS clients have had that caused problems for databases, and show some performance measurements comparing NFS-based database performance to database performance using more traditional interconnects such as Fibre-Channel and iSCSI. The talk will conclude with some future directions for this technology.

Learning Objectives

Understand the functional issues that must be addressed for reliable operation and recovery of databases using NAS as a storage interconnect
Understand the performance implications for a database implementation that uses NAS as a storage interconnect