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.
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.
2. Download Oracle Database Cloud Backup Module from OTN site.
3. Run the installation procedure.
4. Configure RMAN
5. Start enabling your backups and restores.
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:
So what are you waiting for? Do you want to check the network throughput before you sign up? Start with a no-obligation one month trial by clicking “Try Now” from https://cloud.oracle.com/database_backup.
For more information,
In future blogs on Oracle Database Backup Service, I will discuss some best practices when deploying cloud-based backups.