Backup to Oracle Cloud - Introduction to Oracle Database Backup Service

Backup and recovery of application data is the fundamental protection strategy for maintaining enterprise business continuity. I would be extremely surprised to hear of any enterprise that has never backed up its mission critical or business critical data. Any such a scenario is basically a ticking time bomb.

Depending on the specific RTO (recovery time objective) and RPO (recovery point objective) for each database, different Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) strategies can be deployed by the enterprise.

From the backup and recovery perspective, the following are general practice guidelines that customers typically follow to address RTO and RPO requirements:

•    Local Fast Recovery Area (FRA): Typically stores backups for up to 7 days
•    External Storage (NAS): up to 30 days
•    Tape media (if available): 1 to 6 months
•    Tape vaulting (offsite storage): months to years

In addition to the above backup storage tiers, sophisticated organizations take additional precautions to avoid single site failure and to reduce load from production resources. MAA best practices, for example, recommend that copies of the backup data be stored in an offsite location.

But consider the following complications:

Other than tape vaulting, there is no alternative that enables complete physical offsite storage for short- and long- term backups. 

  • Many IT shops don’t have the tape infrastructure required for long term archival. Hence they are restricted to using local disk backups or expensive backup appliances.
  • Organizations with multiple databases that have various RTO/RPO requirements may have certain 2nd or 3rd tier databases that never get backed up.
  • Due to compliance requirements, customers now have to store backups for many years. Storing large volumes of data on local disks can become prohibitively expensive.
  • Many enterprises don’t have the CAPEX budget in place to implement these additional data protection steps. 
  • And almost ALL enterprise want a solution that’s operational right away.

So what’s the answer?

Introducing Oracle Database Backup Service - A Cloud Storage Solution for your Oracle Database Backups

Oracle Database Backup Service addresses the above needs by providing a low cost alternative for storing backups in an offsite location.  It is an Oracle Public Cloud object-based storage offering that enables you to store your on-premises or cloud-deployed database backups. You can use Oracle Database Backup Service as the Primary backup for 2nd or 3rd tier databases, or use the cloud backup as a secondary copy for long term archival requirements.

If you are familiar with Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN), it should take only a few minutes for you to start backing up your database to the cloud. Here’s all you need to do:

1. Subscribe to the Oracle Database Backup Service.

  • This offering is available as a month-to-month or longer-term subscription (1,2, or 3 years).  Note that the prescription model is subject to change.

2. Download Oracle Database Cloud Backup Module from OTN site.

  • Unzip file, which has a detailed README about the steps to execute.

3. Run the installation procedure.

  • Provide your Oracle Public Cloud credentials, which are securely stored in an Oracle wallet with your database. The installation script also configures certain configuration files.

4. Configure RMAN

  • By using CONFIGURE (persistent), SET or even BACKUP commands, you can instruct RMAN to use the backup service module for backups.

5. Start enabling your backups and restores.

  • Use regular RMAN BACKUP or RESTORE commands for backups. All operations involving BACKUP SET mode of backups/recovery are supported.
  • You can also perform backups from FRA and other disk-based backup locations to the cloud.

How does this process work?

The Oracle Database Cloud Backup Module (ODCBM) receives backup blocks from RMAN, then chunks them into 20MB blocks and transmits to Oracle cloud. During the restore process, the same module retrieves data from the Cloud. The Oracle Database Cloud Backup Module is configured as SBT (Tape).

What are some unique features that Oracle Database Backup Service offers ?

To name a few:

  • End-to-end security (RMAN encryption is performed at backup time and data is securely transmitted over WAN).  And by the way, you don’t have to purchase the Advanced Security Option (ASO) to use RMAN encryption. You can use Password based, Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), or dual-mode. Encryption is supported for EE, SE, and SE1 editions.
  • Backups can be compressed to reduce the volume of data being transmitted. For Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1, you can use BASIC compression. For 11gR2 and above, you can choose from LOW, MEDIUM, BASIC, and HIGH.
  • There’s NO ADDITIONAL COST other than the subscription to Oracle Database Backup Service.
  • You can use any number of RMAN channels to parallelize your backup and restore operations.
  • There are NO new commands to learn. Use the familiar RMAN commands.
  • Because a large portfolio of applications are already available in Oracle Cloud, you can use your backup in the cloud to spin a new instance or use it for your other PaaS or SaaS requirements.

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In future blogs on Oracle Database Backup Service, I will discuss some best practices when deploying cloud-based backups.


I am not good in Oracle administration. But try to acquire knowledge. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Partha on August 06, 2014 at 01:30 AM PDT #

thanks for the nice information on data recovery

Posted by guest on August 07, 2014 at 04:33 AM PDT #

Thanks for this information.

One question.

What companies are using this service?

Francisco Banda

Posted by Francisco J Banda on August 14, 2014 at 01:44 PM PDT #

i need this, thanks

Posted by anladdin on August 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM PDT #

Backup is essential. I don't know how there are companies that do not have this concern.

Posted by Hospedagem on September 02, 2014 at 01:46 PM PDT #

Very useful information for the people like me as am not good in Oracle administration. And this post can help me to gain some knowledge on this.

Posted by Muppa Projects on September 03, 2014 at 10:10 PM PDT #

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