By blueprints on Mar 31, 2011
"Solution" is defined in the New Oxford American Dictionary as a means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation. (Also, a liquid mixture in which the minor component (the solute) is uniformly distributed within the major component (the solvent)...) "Solution" as a term in our industry has been used and abused for as long as I remember. Everything is a solution if the problem is sufficiently atomic. I'm rather passionate about this because I have argued for years that a computer isn't a solution: solutions are built with computers, networks, software, procedures... everything it takes to resolve a problem. I'm on thin ice here, because I know there are those even more passionate, ready to pounce on any attempt at a definition, but I will define a solution as a comprehensive combination of components and procedures to solve a well-defined problem. The more non-trivial the problem, the more interesting the solution.
Since Oracle acquired Sun, we have been in a position to build complete, tested solutions to real problems. I know there are many who feel compelled to roll their own using what they consider to be best-of-breed components, but that shifts the burden of integrating, testing, and ongoing maintenance to a panoply of vendors. Do you want to get work done, or spend your resources grooming the tools that should be doing the work?
We have had a series of Oracle Optimized Solutions released over the last year. Most recently, we published Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Secure Backup. The problem? End-to-end archiving across a heterogeneous network in a manner that preserves system wide security, assures high availability, and that can scale to meet expanding needs. Simple? Not at all! The generic Oracle Secure Backup architecture supports multiple Media Servers working together under the administrative control of an Admin Server. Additional Media Servers can be deployed or multiple backup domains can be configured to address evolving scalability requirements. Using Oracle servers and the Oracle Secure Backup software, companies can implement cost-effective and powerful backup solutions for the largest, most diverse environments.
This comprehensive guide discusses the details: setup, sizing, and tuning best practices. At 41 pages, this is no marketing slideware and well worth the time to absorb.