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Do You Store Any Databases On NAS?

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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.
This was last published in January 2004

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