November 8, 2011

OCFS2 support for Linux on SLES

Recently there has been quite some discussion around the support for OCFS2. SUSE has published their support statements in two blog entries:
So the good news is that there will be continued support for a shared file system integrated in the SUSE distribution. SUSE support will require the installation of the High Availability Extensions (HAE) that are included for Linux on System z and POWER.

So it's best to view OCFS2 as a cluster file system that has been created by Oracle. Don't get confused with the Oracle DB itself. If Oracle RAC is a requirement, you are not dependent on OCFS2 - Oracle ASM is in my opinion better integrated with the Oracle DB and should be used.