Possibly one of the least known pieces of functionality that is provided as part of the Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c product suite is the Snap Clone product. In simple terms, Snap Clone is a storage agnostic self service approach to rapidly creating space efficient clones of large databases (and by large, we're talking terabytes or more). I blogged
on that a few months back, but a few months can be an eternity in software development terms, so here's an update
that covers not just the functionality in the product but also addresses some of the misleading statements some of our competitors have been making about it of recent times.