Understand Oracle Database 12c – Multitenant Architecture

Last updated on November 10th, 2017 at 05:07 am

Oracle Database 12c – All about Multitenant Architecture

Why Multitenant Architecture introduced with 12c?

Many Oracle customers have large numbers of  applications built on Oracle RDBMS. They do not use a significant percentage of the hardware on which they are deployed.Customers have instance and storage overhead preventing large numbers of  databases from being placed on the same physical and storage server.  They are not generally complex  to require 100% of the attention of a full time administrator And they do require significant time to patch or upgrade all applications.

Multitenant Architecture is  the answer to all these problems. It basically provides a cloud of Oracle database.


What is Multitenant Architecture?
Multiple tenants share same resources on a mutual benefit for different purposes at a very broad level. The same applies to Oracle Database where Multiple Databases share a single instance of resources aiming for different purposes on the same Server. This Oracle Database which is built on Multitenant foundation is called Container Database(CDB), and each container(tenant) residing inside is called Pluggable Database(PDB, Container).
Multitenant Architecture
1) All the Pluggable database shares the same background process, Shared /process memory,Oracle metadata
2) All the Pluggable database shares the redo log file,control files and undo tablespace

3) There are two types of containers in Multitenant Architecture–The root container:

  • The first container created at CDB creation
  • Mandatory
  • Oracle system-supplied common objects and metadata
  • Oracle system-supplied common users and roles

–Pluggable database containers (PDBs):

  • A container for an application:

–Tablespaces (permanent and temporary)

–Schemas / objects / privileges

–Created / cloned / unplugged / plugged

  • Particular seed PDB:

–PDB$SEED provides fast provisioning of a new PDB

4) There is a Limit of 253 PDBs in a CDB including the seed

5) There is a Limit of 1024 services in a CDB

6) Every PDB has its own set of SYSTEM/SYSAUX/TEMP tablespaces, and also includes the Sample User data such as SCOTT etc..

7) ENABLE_PLUGGABE_DATABASE initialization parameter specifies If a particular Database is CDB or Non-CDB

1)It operates multiple database in a centrally managed  platform to lower costs .It basically consolidates all the databases.It means less instance overhead and less storage utilization. Till 11g,we have databases deployed across multiple Small Physical machines on various platforms. It could be waste of resources having a database on each machine dedicatedly rather keeping them all on a single powerful machine. 12c Multitenant architecture consolidates all Databases onto a Single powerful chip and a Single Oracle Instance
2) It allows central management and database administration of multiple database. Backup and recover, patching ,upgrade becomes simpler
3)  It is supported with Dataguard and RAC,So Disaster recovery and High Availability can be achieved for multiple database at the same time
4) It reduces the DBA resource costs
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