This book explains how to architect and deploy high availability (HA) solutions with Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) in a Sun (TM) Cluster 3.x environment. It presents information to help you decide when an Oracle RAC and Sun Cluster software solution is appropriate to satisfy the availability requirements of your business. In addition, this book explains the technology behind these products, describes successful customer deployments, and provides technical tips and preferred practice recommendations. This book features detailed case studies, including A large German bank that has implemented an Oracle RAC and Sun Cluster software solution to meet the ever-increasing business demands of the banking industry. One of the largest companies in Europe for alpine skiing that has implemented Oracle RAC and Sun Cluster software to support HA requirements in a consolidated environment. A benchmark case that describes the use of Oracle RAC with Sun's Remote Shared Memory (RSM) technology to improve the performance of single-instance databases. A large financial institution that uses Sun Cluster's HA Oracle agent to provide the necessary level of HA required for their database.