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Information Lifecycle Management or Archiving V2

Anthony Shorten
Senior Principal Product Manager

Oracle Utilities Application Framework V4.2.0.2.0 has been released with Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing V2.4.0.2.0. In this major release, a new data management facility has been released to replace the original Archiving facility that was provided with Oracle Utilities Customer Care and BillingV2.1/V2.2/V2.3.1.

This new facility has a number of major advantages for effective data management:

  • A new set of fields have been added to objects specifically to allow implementations to control the data lifecycle for those objects. This includes dates and a flag to determine what the lifecycle for objects is as well as the eligibility of individual objects for data management.
  • The facility allows the customer to define how long key objects are active for across an implementation. This allows a new date within these objects to be specifically set for data management activities independent of when they are actually active. This allows flexible data retention policies to be implemented.
  • A crawler batch job per object, implements business and integrity rules to trigger data management activities. This allows data retention policies to be adjusted for changes to business needs.
  • The data management capability uses Oracle's Information Lifecycle Management capabilities to implement the storage and data retention policies based upon the data management dates and flags. This allows IT personnel to define the physical data retention policies to perform the following types of activities:
    • Allows use of compression including base compression in Oracle, Advanced Compression or Hybrid Columnar Compression in Oracle ExaData. Externalized compression in SAN hardware is also supported.
    • Allows the ability to, optionally, use lower cost storage to manage groups of data using Oracle Partitioning. This allows saving of costs of storing less active data in your implementation.
    • Allows specification and simulation of data management policies using ILM Assistant including estimating expected storage cost savings.
    • Allows data management manually or automatically using Automatic Storage Management (ASM), Automatic Data Optimization (ADO) and/or Heat Maps. The latter are available in Oracle 12c to provide additional facilities.
    • Allows use of transportable tablespaces via Oracle Partitioning to quickly remove data that has been identified as archived.
  • The definition of the lifecycle can be simple or as complex as your individual data retention policies dictate, with the business and IT together defining the business and technical implementations of the rules within the product and the Information Lifecycle Management components within the database.
  • The Oracle Utilities Application Framework has been altered to recognize data management policies. This means that once a policy has been implemented, access to that data will conform to that policy. For example, data that is removed via transportable tablespaces will be recognized as archived and the online/batch process will take this into account.

Data Management documentation is provided with the products to allow  implementations to take advantage of this new capability. This allows data management retention policies to be flexible and use the data management capabilities within the database to efficiently manage the lifecycle of critical data in Oracle Utilities Applications.

Over the next few weeks a number of blog entries will be published to walk through the various aspects of the solution.

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