Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has released its second market study of 2006 focused on the issue of high availability among its members in the Oracle database market. The key findings in the study detail the importance aspects of 24x7 service availability for user's of Oracle products.Key technologies that can assist H/A, such as database clustering and grid computing, available within the Oracle market are in early phases of review or deployment or have not yet been implemented at some sites. Traditional and familiar technologies such as disk-based and tape backup solutions are still relied upon to help ensure availability at this time. This finding may reflect a larger strategic deficiency among IT organizations, rather than a technology preference as 57 percent of organizations reported they had not developed a comprehensive business continuity plan.

Despite physical disruption during the last hurricane season, other natural disasters in the second half of 2005 and early 2006, the survey identified managing the infrastructure as the single most prevalent source of unexpected database disruptions, followed by software and database 'glitches'. While hardware problems were identified as the largest contributor to downtime, few enterprises reported downtime related to external events such as natural disasters, accidents and security breaches.

"Having 24x7 uptime is no longer a marketing slogan or analyst crystal-ball gazing. It's today's reality for most enterprises," said Joe McKendrick, analyst with Unisphere Media and author of the survey. "However, most disruptions to 24x7 data centers aren't coming from large-scale catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina. Instead, problems in uptime are coming from very mundane events - such as power outages. Companies need to move to the next level of technology -such as grid and clustering - to better address these issues."

The 24x7 high availability survey was conducted in April 2006 for the IOUG by Unisphere Research and was sponsored by GoldenGate Software.

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