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Automated and Policy-Based Scheduled Block Storage Backups on Oracle Cloud -- Just Like Your On-Premises NAS/SAN!

Max Verun
Principal Product Manager

We at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) are excited to offer a new capability among leading public cloud providers: Automated and policy-based scheduled backups for block storage volumes.

You have been accustomed to having the convenience and assurance of automated and policy-based scheduled backups and their retention with your on-premises NAS/SAN (Network Attached Storage/Storage Area Network). As you progress on your cloud journey, you demand the same built-in capability from your public cloud block storage for the continuity of your business as well as to meet compliance and regulatory requirements.

When you create a new block volume on OCI, you can now select from a set of pre-defined automated backup policies with a simple click. We offer three policies -- Gold, Silver and Bronze, from monthly to daily increments, providing a range of Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). Each policy has a backup frequency and retention period which allow you to adhere to your data compliance and regulatory requirements. You can rest assured knowing that your data will be backed up automatically on a schedule and retained based on the backup policy you selected. Later, as your needs change, you can easily adjust by selecting a different backup policy, or remove it all together.

Selecting a backup policy during volume creation is simple with a click:


Later, it is also simple to change the backup policy for a volume:


The on-demand, one-off block volume backups are still available, and are now extended with a choice of incremental versus full backup options. As before, with a few clicks, you can continue to perform an on-demand one-off backup, and also select whether to backup only the data that has changed since the last backup (incremental) or the entire data that has changed since the time you created the volume (full).

When you create a backup on-demand, here is how you select between incremental and full backup types:


The automated and policy-based scheduled backups feature, and the choice of incremental versus full on-demand backups are provided to you at no additional cost. Furthermore, all backups continue to be replicated across all availability domains within the region where your volume is located, giving you additional peace of mind for availability and durability of your backup data. Backups continue to be charged at the competitive Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage pricing, and backup replicas continue to stay free of charge.

We want you to experience the enterprise grade capabilities offered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It’s easy to take advantage of these capabilities with $300 free credit at the Oracle Store. For additional information, see the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Getting Started Guide and Block Volumes Service.

We strive to bring value to our customers.You can now build an environment containing compute instances each having 512 TB all NVMe-SSD-based block storage with predictable and scaling performance at 400K IOPS per instance, perform fast deep disk-to-disk thick clones of your volumes in seconds, and now also have policy-based fully automated scheduled block volume backups -- equal or better than your on-premises storage, now in the cloud.

Keep on the lookout for more features and capabilities in this space, such as additional pre-defined backup policies, and ability to customize and define your own policies. I and the rest of the Oracle team value your feedback as we continue to make our service the best in the industry. Send me your thoughts on how we can continue to improve or if you want more details on any topic.

Max Verun

Product Management

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure


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