You are also looking at a clustering solution. There is only one supported clustering solution for Oracle. This...
product is called Oracle's Real Application Clusters (RAC). With RAC, multiple nodes in the cluster can access the same data for high availability and high performance. If I were to implement RAC, I would tend to choose Linux over Windows. Oracle spends much more time developing their software for Linux than they do for Windows. And you will find more help with RAC on Linux than RAC on Windows.
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