Lately, I’ve been interfacing with a lot of enterprise customers looking for practical ways to overcome challenges with data protection and recovery strategies for their large, and growing, Oracle database infrastructures.
At issue: Oracle application owners and database admins face tough challenges when it comes to protecting a large number of databases. Data volumes are continuously expanding due to growth in database sizes, as well as regulatory compliance policies requiring increasingly extended data-retention periods.
As a result, organizations end up considering expensive, complicated, and risky availability solutions. The hope is to find some form of data recoverability in the event of failure or corruption.
The scenario I just laid out is a recognized challenge in the data center, and one that enterprise organizations desperately need to overcome. When it comes to relational database management systems – and I have said this before – Oracle is one of the undeniable leaders in the business, and it’s also one of the most relied upon systems in the enterprise.
As mentioned above, new challenges have arisen from exponential data growth and the regulatory-compliance requirement to extend data retention periods. Oracle database environments just keep expanding.
Some technologies can help enterprises overcome these challenges. However, a suitable outcome isn’t always achieved. The implementation and support of space-efficiency features – such as compression and deduplication – are critical to success.
Following are some terms that are good to know for this discussion:
Note: There are pros and cons for the use of compression with Oracle databases, but we will hold that discussion for another day.
* Target deduplication – Data is transmitted over a network onto a storage appliance (hardware or software), and then data is deduplicated at that point. The target-appliance approach is often more expensive, but it does provide some performance advantage when dealing with large amounts of data at scale.
* Source-side deduplication – Eliminates redundant data before transferring to a backup target repository at a server level. Source-side deduplication is implemented as a software component that runs on the server side where data is being protected. This server typically communicates with the data protection solution, which makes it possible for data to be deduplicated at its current location.
With source-side deduplication, data that has been partially transferred, or entirely transferred, is never transferred over the network again. This option reduces the utilization of network bandwidth. This is extremely valuable with respect to relational database management system and databases (Oracle).
For example, when using a file system to store database files, and a database is updated with new entries, that database file changes. With a traditional data protection product, that file will be transferred in its entirety … regardless of whether or not the protection job has been designated as an incremental protection job.
However, with source-side deduplication, a system can inspect files and identify the changes in bytes. Then it only transfers those changes over the network. This makes the transmission of data over a network more efficient.
Data deduplication is performed at two different levels: file-based or block-based. Comparatively, file-based is the less efficient form of deduplication due to how it purges duplicated files.
During this process, a unique identifier is generated for each chunk, and is then stored in an index. At this point, when a file is updated, only the changes are saved, regardless of the size of the change. Block-based deduplication is more efficient, but it comes at the cost of higher overhead in processing power.
Now why all of this rambling? Well, because it’s important to understand how Cohesity’s DataPlatform can help enterprise organizations overcome the challenges of data protection and recovery strategies for their Oracle database infrastructures. (Also, because Cohesity covers all of the technological points I made above, but with a much better and elegant implementation.)
Cohesity’s hyperconverged data platform includes a converged data protection solution amongst all of its enterprise storage features and capabilities. It also consists of a converged data protection solution that provides end-to-end data protection capable of replacing traditional backup and recovery solutions and simplifying operations.
Together, Cohesity’s DataPlatform and DataProtect provide four different integration capabilities for Oracle databases.
Tight integration with Oracle RMAN APIs allows enterprises to perform application-consistent backups and restores, as well as risk-averse workflows for safe and efficient operating procedures.
From a space-efficiency perspective, Cohesity’s DataPlatform provides global space efficiency features from global variable-length dedupe. This supports both in-line and post-process dedupe and compression.
COHESITY OFFERS FOUR POWERFUL ORACLE INTEGRATIONS THAT ARE CAPABLE OF MEETING THE DATA PROTECTION AND RECOVERY REQUIREMENTS OF THE MOST DEMANDING ENTERPRISE ORACLE DATABASE ENVIRONMENTS
DIRECT MOUNT OF COHESITY DATAPLATFORM TO ORACLE APPLICATION SERVERS
Cohesity storage abstractions can be presented as NFS volumes, enabling direct mounting to Oracle database servers. No intermediate media servers are required. RMAN automatically leverages Cohesity’s QoS policy for optimal data tiering, as well as global deduplication and compression, in order to reduce secondary storage consumption and footprint.
Through integration with primary storage arrays, Cohesity can easily and quickly offload and restore array data & snapshots, from and to production environments.
Here are some benefits:
From simplicity of management to risk-averse operational workflows to faster data protection and recovery, we’ve got you covered. Cohesity DataPlatform, DataProtect, and our integration with Oracle RMAN address a majority of challenges enterprises face today when it comes to data protection and recovery strategies of their large and growing Oracle database infrastructures.
To finish up, here is a demonstration showcasing one of Cohesity’s integration points with Oracle RMAN and the source-side deduplication configuration with multiple streams.
– Enjoy and don’t forget “The Sky’s the limit.”