A vSphere resource pool is a logical abstraction for flexible management of CPU and memory resources.You add CPU and memory resources to Data Director resource bundles by adding a vSphere resource pool to the bundle.

Data Director has the following types of resource pools.

Resource Pools for Databases

vSphere administrators create one or more resource pools to enable Data Director users to create databases. Resource pools for databases require configuration settings such as DRS and HA enabled, and CPU and memory limits equal to reservation.

System Resource Pool

There is one system resource pool for one Data Director instance. vSphere administrators can deploy database virtual machine (DBVM) OVA files into the system resource pool at any time. The configuration settings for the system resource pool are different from the configuration settings for database resource pools. You do not have to enable HA, and CPU, and memory limits do not have to equal reservations. The reservation must be greater than 0.

You can also enable expandable CPU and memory. See Create the System Resource Pool.

Caution

Data Director can use only resource pools for creating databases if the corresponding cluster is enabled for DRS and HA. Do not disable DRS. If you do, Data Director cannot use the resource pools even if you reenable DRS. See Resource Bundles Become Unusable Because DRS Is Disabled.

Resource pools allow you to group available CPU and memory resources. You can allocate resources explicitly, or use the resource pool share mechanism. You can hierarchically partition available CPU and memory resources by grouping resource pools into hierarchies. You can allow different organizations access to different resource pools. For example, a QA department might need large amounts of CPU and memory for running tests while the marketing department might require smaller amounts.

Data Director expects you to group the hosts that provide the CPU and memory resources into clusters. Each cluster owns the resources of all hosts. You can create one or more resource pools for the cluster, which has an invisible root resource pool. Each resource pool owns some of the cluster's resources. If necessary, you can create child resource pools. Child resource pools represent successively smaller amounts of CPU and memory.

Caution

To use Oracle with Data Director, create a cluster specifically for Oracle use. To avoid licensing issues, assign only resources from your dedicated Oracle cluster to organizations that create and provision Oracle databases and DBVMs.

How you allocate CPU and memory resources to database groups differs from how you allocate those resources to databases.

You create resource pools for databases by using a vSphere Client connected to a vCenter Server system. Specify the following resource pool settings to ensure that Data Director always receives all of its allocated resources and does not have different amounts of CPU and memory available if the cluster is experiencing a light or a heavy load.

Note

If you do not configure your resource pool with these settings, problems with resource bundle creation or other Data Director tasks might result. Resource pools with incorrect settings do not appear in the list of available resource pools when you create a resource bundle.

Set the Limit equal to the Reservation.

If the system never allocates more resources than you reserved, you do not experience resource fluctuations.

Set Expandable Reservation to checked or unchecked.

If the system does not attempt to allocate more resources than you reserved, you do not experience resource fluctuations.

Set Unlimited to unchecked.

Data Director requires this setting to avoid a resource bundle taking more than its share of the resource pool.

After you create the resource pool, you create resource bundles. Each resource bundle uses one resource pool.

See Create a Resource Pool and Create a Resource Bundle.

When you create a database group and set its CPU and memory allocation, Data Director creates a child resource pool of the resource pool that you select. Data Director configures the resource pool with the allocation that you specify. Having a different resource pool for each database group isolates the database group's allocation and makes different groups independent.

If you specify the CPU and memory allocation, Data Director uses the following settings for the resource pool it creates.

Reservation is set to the value you specify.

Expandable reservation is set to False.

Limit is set to unlimited.

If you do not specify CPU or memory allocation, Data Director uses the following settings for the resource pool it creates.

Reservation is set to 0.

Expandable reservation is set to True, allowing the database group to consume resources as they are available.

Limit is set to unlimited.

In the Data Director environment, a database is a virtual machine that consumes resources from the database group. You can specify the CPU and memory allocation for the database. Data Director always sets the limit to unlimited.