Oracle RMAN integrated DD Boost

As most Oracle DBAs will tell you, they want control over their own data protection. At the end of the day, who’s butt is on the line if a data loss event happens? The DBA. If a recovery is needed, who is being stared at by the executive team? The DBA. So it only makes sense that we continue to empower them with tools to make their lives easier. EMC announced an important integration with Oracle RMAN with DD Boost integration. This new tool allows an Oracle DBA to target a DD Boost enabled Data Domain appliance as a special SBT Device in their existing RMAN scripts. Installation is fast and easy an involves loading the plugin, and updating the RMAN scripts to use this new device. The integration provides Distributed Segment Processing (DSP) at the application server which is essentially source based deduplication. The Boost plugin communicaties with the Data Domain device in realtime to determine which segments of data are unique. Once that is determined, the data is compressed and then sent over the wire to the Data Domain device. This saves network bandwidth, and speeds backups to reduce already strained backup windows. In addition, this new integration will allow for managed replication so that your Oracle RMAN catalog or control file is aware of remote copies on a second Data Domain device, and consequently the ability to restore from the remote replica. All of this is done without the need for any third party backup software, agents, or other complex infrastructure. Use the native tools the way the native tools were meant to be used. The text from the official release is below and you can download a whitepaper discussing this in more detail at http://www.emc.com/collateral/software/solution-overview/h9687-data-domain-boost-oracle-rman-so.pdf.

HOPKINTON, Mass., April 24, 2012 — EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced new EMC Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) integration with Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN). DD Boost software provides advanced integration between EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems and applications for faster, more efficient backup and recovery. DD Boost distributes part of the deduplication process to the Oracle database server and enables RMAN to directly manage Data Domain replication. Tight integration between the Oracle RMAN native backup and recovery utility and industry-leading Data Domain systems gives Oracle database administrators (DBAs) complete control over their Oracle database backup and disaster recovery.

Most Oracle DBAs prefer using Oracle RMAN for direct control of database backup and recovery. DBAs work with their storage administrators to provision primary storage capacity to support the backup of their databases, resulting in inefficient and siloed Oracle backup infrastructures. Data Domain solves this inefficiency by providing a single consolidated backup solution that integrates with Oracle RMAN as well as third party backup applications. For years, Data Domain systems have been providing effective backup for Oracle through RMAN using the NFS (Network File System) protocol. By directly integrating Data Domain systems with Oracle RMAN via DD Boost, EMC is delivering new levels of manageability, functionality and performance—and putting them directly into the hands of Oracle administrators.

DD Boost increases Oracle backup performance up to 50% and enables more backups with existing resources by reducing the data transferred and associated LAN bandwidth requirements up to 99% and by reducing the load on the Oracle server during backup by 20-40%. In addition, DD Boost simplifies the database recovery process by enabling DBAs to manage onsite and offsite backup copies by controlling Data Domain replication from RMAN with full catalog consistency.

Additional Product Highlights
– A 10 to 30x reduction in backup storage required, making disk cost effective for onsite retention
– Aggregate throughput up to 26.3 TB/hr for faster Oracle backups
– Consolidated backup storage across the enterprise
– Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture delivers continuous recovery verification, fault detection and healing of Oracle backup data

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