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  • July 31, 2020

Cloud Snapshot Backups to OCI Object Storage

Cindy Swearingen
Principal Product Manager

Wishing you all a safe and happy summer!

The cloud snapshot backup feature of the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance allows you to back up full and incremental snapshots from a local Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance to an object store target on another ZFS Storage Appliance as well as to cloud targets associated with an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) account. You can decide which snapshots are backed up to another appliance or to an actual OCI cloud target. These features are available starting in the OS8.8.9 release.

Use cases for these features are as follows:

  • Provides archive storage for long-term data to satisfy business compliance requirements
  • Provides recovery of archived data by restoring snapshots and rolling back to recover from accidental deletion or to recover from malware like ransomware
  • Provides tertiary backup storage on-premise using an OCI-compatible object storage ideal for storing large amounts of data that can be encrypted and compressed with integrated data reduction features:
  • Provides separation of duty with integrated cloud snapshot backup authorizations using roles, for example:
    • Create an operator role that can backup and restore cloud snapshots  
    • Create an administrative role that create, restore, and remove cloud snapshot backups

Step-by-step configuration for cloud snapshot backups for either an on-premise object storage target or an Oracle OCI object storage target is described in a new white paper, Configuring ZFS Storage for Cloud Snapshot Backups to OCI Object Store.

If you want to test drive a low-cost, on-premise data migration to OCI object storage, consider signing up for our free cloud trial, here: https://www.oracle.com/cloud/free/

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