Oracle Global Data Services (GDS): Part 2 – Load Balancing Use Cases

Oracle Database 12c Global Data Services galvanizes the asset utilization of replicated database resources. It allows connect-time and run-time load balancing, routing and service failover across replicated databases situated in any data center in any geographical region. With GDS, customers can now achieve these capabilities without the need to either integrate their High Availability stack with hardware load balancers or write custom homegrown connection managers. And remember that GDS comes with the Active Data Guard license and is also available to Oracle GoldenGate customers at no additional charge as well.

In this blog, we follow up on the introduction to GDS from Part 1 and walk through key use cases for workload balancing:
1. The first use case (shown below) is load balancing for reader farms:
readerfarmFigure 1: Load balancing of Read-Only workloads on a reader farm
Imagine a scenario where GDS is enabled for an Active Data Guard or Oracle GoldenGate reader farm with standby replicas located in both local and remote data centers. Let’s say a Read Write global service for Order Entry runs on the Primary database and the Read Only Global Services for Reporting run on the reader farm. Using GDS, the client connections are automatically load balanced among the Read Only global services running on the reader farm (across data centers). This capability improves resource utilization, performance and scalability with Read Only workload balancing on Active Data Guard or Oracle GoldenGate reader farms.

2. Another use case (as shown below) is load balancing of Read Write services among multi-masters within and across regions:

gds_ogg_lbsFigure 2: Load balancing for Read-Write workloads with GDS
Let’s take a scenario of active/active databases using Oracle GoldenGate in a GDS configuration. In this case the Read Write global service is configured to run on each of the masters. For this scenario, GDS automatically balances the Read Write workload among the databases in the GoldenGate multi-master configuration.

This wraps up our exploration of key Oracle Database 12c GDS load balancing use cases. In the next installment of the GDS blog series (Part 3), we will take a look at the use cases on Global Service failover across databases.

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