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Vol. 2 No. 11 January 2004

Snapshot: Using NAS for databases

Do You Store Any Databases On NAS? Do you store any databases on NAS? What kind of databases? How is the performance? Conventional wisdom states that you use block-level storage area network (SAN) storage with your database applications, even though vendors such as Oracle certify their databases on network-attached storage (NAS). This month, we asked readers if they had taken the database-on-NAS plunge. The overwhelming majority (85%) have not, citing performance concerns, and lack of support from their vendors. That said, readers who do run their databases on NAS seem happy with the solution, as 97% report adequate or excellent performance on a wide variety of databases. Also, many readers indicated that they were evaluating NAS-based database solutions. Stay tuned.

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