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I'm looking at replacing a ( 2 LAMP, 2 Oracle RAC) physical configuration with an Amazon VPC.

I'm thinking of 2 Linux instances where Apache+PHP will be installed and 2 Linux instances where Oracle (or MySQL) would be installed. The Apache instance will fetch their data from the DB. I' also planning to use Amazon load-balancing from "Internet" to both LAMP.

My question is about sharing the storage between both couple. The 2 LAMP would have the same bunch of PHP/HTML/IMG files. The 2 DB should share their storage too.

Is there a way to attach Amazon EBS to a couple of server in the same time (regarding the server just read the data and don't try to write the same bit at the same time)?

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No, EBS devices are limited to a single instance at a time.

Why do you need two separate db's to provide a single set of data? Why not just use one db that both webservers connect to?

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That's what I was afraid of :( The idea was to have identical "/var/www" available from both front-end without duplicating on both instance. And setup some kind of applicative clustering on the DB size without duplicating the data either on both instance. – Joel Carnat Feb 20 '12 at 13:02
But why do you need one db per webserver? Is it for failover, or is it performance, or other? – Decado Feb 20 '12 at 13:09
it's not really 1 DB per server. it's more 1 DB managed by 2 DB servers. so that if one DB server fails (because of a patch, a mad process or so...) the second DB server still provide access to the data. and it would be a way to avoid both DB servers to have their own copy of the data (just because it would cost twice ;) – Joel Carnat Feb 20 '12 at 16:07

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