Oracle Cluster File System 2 (OCFS2) is now certified for use with E-Business Suite 12.2 when sharing a single file system between multiple application tier server nodes.
Load-balancing E-Business Suite 12.2
You can improve your E-Business Suite 12.2 environment’s fault tolerance, availability, and performance by distributing traffic across multiple application tier server nodes. For information about using multinode configurations, see:
- Using Load-Balancers with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 (Note 1375686.1)
Reducing your patching requirements with a shared file system
If you have multiple application tier server nodes, you need to apply an identical set of patches to each of them. You can reduce your patching overhead by sharing a single file system between the individual application tier servers. Applying a patch to the shared file system allows it to be used by all application tier server nodes. For information about using shared file system configurations in EBS 12.2, see:
What file system should you use for EBS 12.2?
Generally speaking, any fast, standards-compliant file system should work with Oracle E-Business Suite. "Standards-compliant" can be interpreted to mean "any file systems that do not require code-level changes to the E-Business Suite."
We do not test specific file systems with EBS 12.2, so we lack the data needed to recommend specific file systems. For related information about NFS, GFS, ACFS, and what we use internally at Oracle, see:
Why are we specifically certifying OCFS2?
EBS 12.2 uses two different file systems as part of itsOnline Patching infrastructure. We have found that EBS 12.2 is sensitive to the performance characteristics of the underlying file system.
File system performance can sometimes be optimized by changing a few key mount options. We don’t have the resources to test all of the available third-party file systems, but we can test Oracle’s own file systems to ensure that you have the smoothest experience using them.
What did we find when we tested OCFS2?
We tested EBS 12.2 under a variety of conditions, including applying patches using Online Patching while the EBS environment was under load. We found that you should use the default block size for OCFS2, but aside from that, we didn’t find any requirements for special mount options for OCFS2.
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