9i clusters ties in servers

Clustering is nothing new, but Real Application Clusters are just starting to hit their stride, according to one IT manager.

The city of Coquitlam, B.C., is starting on a new Web venture. The city, along with at least one other community and several organizations, including libraries, school boards and colleges and universities, is creating an e-community for its citizens.

The Smart Choices Community Portal, which will be found online at www.citysoup.ca when it is launched later this year, will be a local, comprehensive gateway to personal, business and government information and services. The overall goal of CitySoup.ca is to enhance the way community members interact with each other, with local businesses and community groups, and with governments.

Rick Adams, manager of information and communications technology for Coquitlam, said this e-community will help provide a more efficient service to the public and they will be to reduce front-counter staff, which will allow them to move those employees to other areas.

In order to prepare their data, Adams said the city is upgrading to Oracle9i, and one benefit of the change is Oracle9i Real Application Clusters (RAC), which bolts onto the Oracle9i enterprise edition database. It lets users run the database across multiple servers as if they were all the same server.

“Oracle9i Real Application Clusters enables the city to run its business on one common infrastructure, thereby reducing administration of multiple applications on multiple server configurations,” Adams said.

He added that 9i is well designed for the Internet and online transactions. “So, it has a lot of pre-built code or applications that we can take advantage of right out of the box.”