The long-term storage of backups is generally an essential part of cybersecurity and disaster recovery plans in any serious business. Moreover, many applications have regulatory, compliance, or other business purposes that require the retention of database backups beyond a lapse of just days or months.
Until now, all backups (automatic and manual) in Oracle's Autonomous Database on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure (ADB-D) and Exadata Cloud@Customer (ADB-C@C) were tied to the retention set on the Autonomous Container Database (ACD) for up to 60 days. So today, we're announcing the launch of Long-Term backups for Autonomous Databases (ADB) on ADB-D and ADB-C@C.
With this update, customers can now more easily meet their cybersecurity, DR plans, and compliance requirements for storing backups. This new capability allows customers to select a retention time between 90 days and 10 years for long-term backups.
OCI Console Experience
Once you have navigated to the ADB on which you want to run the long-term backup, scroll to the bottom left of the page and select Backups under Resources.
In the Backups section, you now have a new option called “Create long-term backup.”
A screen will pop up where you must enter a backup name and set the desired retention.
In the initial release for Cloud@Customer, long-term backups must be stored on an NFS device, but it does not have to be the same device that the automatic and manual backups use. Select an existing NFS device or create a new backup destination under the Infrastructure section of your Cloud@Customer resources in the UI.
Click Create, and that is it. An asynchronous backup job will be automatically created for you and can be monitored under the Work Requests tab. Once the backup has been completed, a few operations can be done with it.
A new ADB can be created from the long-term backup, the retention time can be edited as needed from 90 days to up to 10 years, and the backup can be deleted if desired.
A few final things to understand about long-term backups:
That's it. Long-term backups put you in full control of your recoverability compliance requirements and are completely automated and managed by Oracle! Remember it's a good idea to test your long-term backups occasionally by creating a clone from them and verifying your data is available.
Product Manager for Autonomous Database on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure (ADB-D) and Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer (ADB-ExaC@C)