The recent, expansive SolarWinds breach is a stark reminder that data worldwide is under attack. And that cybercriminals are more inventive than ever.
Cybersecurity Ventures expects global cybercrime to reach $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. This year alone, predictions are that a ransomware attack will take place on businesses every 11 seconds, with global damage costs reaching $20 billion.
To maintain a competitive edge, 79% of the business leaders in a recent ESG survey confirmed a very tight tolerance for data loss — from 15 minutes to less than 30 minutes. Yet, only 22% of leaders confirmed to have always met their pre-established recovery SLAs. This disconnect between the business SLAs and reality can be catastrophic, especially in the event of a ransomware attack.
Paul Bantick, Global Head of Cyber and Technology at Beazely, a leading cyber insurance firm, said, “Organizations should not only try to prevent a ransomware infection, but prepare in case they do get infected.” It’s not a matter of if a business will get hit with a ransomware attack, it’s a matter of when. While organizations need to plan and invest in preventing attacks, it is equally essential to plan how quickly they can recover if there’s a need to restore tens or hundreds of VM, files, or large databases at once.
Fortunately, instant data recovery is something that Cohesity has thought deeply about — for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs), and now for Oracle databases.
The Cohesity Difference
Many legacy and modern backup products store each incremental backup as a delta from the previous backup by creating a long, breakable chain that needs to be incrementally stitched together upon restore. This outdated technique is time-consuming and considerably impacts data recovery speed. In contrast, Cohesity’s unique distributed file system, Cohesity SpanFSTM, maintains fully hydrated snapshots that enable instant restore at scale.
In addition to recovering hundreds of VMware and Hyper-V VMs instantly, with the Cohesity 6.6 software release, Cohesity customers can now achieve near-instant recovery time objectives (RTOs), for Oracle databases of any size, to any point in time and location — including original or alternate instance targets. Cohesity’s near-instant recovery non-disruptively migrates Oracle data files.
The below screenshot from our Oracle webinar shows non-disruptively restoring an entire Oracle database to the original storage location within a few minutes. First, the fully hydrated snapshots are instantly mounted locally and can be read by the Oracle application for immediate access to data, while in the background, Cohesity non-disruptively restores the entire database to the original location with the same database identity. This unique capability helps to reduce downtime, while also ensuring that completing the recovery workflow doesn’t cause additional blackout windows. Once complete, customers can choose between an automated instant migration or manual migration depending on their operational needs.
Fast recovery of Oracle databases is essential in disaster recovery (DR) situations, and also in cases where there is a complete database failure or where downtime will have a significant business or monetary value impact on the organization.
But you don’t have to just take our word for it that Cohesity recovers data fast, delivering risk reduction savings. In the 2020 Forrester Total Economic Impact™ Study of Cohesity, interviewed customers told researchers that before adopting Cohesity, “restoring an environment that experienced downtime would require several hours at a time. With the speed of Cohesity’s backup technology, file or server restoration takes place within a matter of minutes.”
Speed Recovery While Assisting Application Development and Forensic Discovery
While this new capability dramatically simplifies operations and accelerates the restore process, Cohesity customers can also benefit from instant restore the Oracle database to an alternate non-production/development server, for example, to accelerate application development. For instance, a DBA can instantly recover a production database into a development environment to make some key changes as appropriate.
This same technique can be useful for forensic discovery reasons. In the case of ransomware attack, as organizations may choose (or be required by law) to restore their Oracle data to another Oracle database from fully hydrated snapshots.
Fortify Your Oracle Database Recovery with Cohesity
If you’re an IT leader, take a minute to look into just how long and arduous a task it would be for your IT team to restore your mission-critical Oracle databases should a ransomware attack succeed or a worst-case disaster scenario happen. If it’s too long, contact us at Cohesity to learn more about the instant recovery of Oracle databases. Your business is depending on you.
See for yourself in this on-demand webinar, how Cohesity can help dramatically reduce downtime and data loss for your production Oracle environment.