In today’s era of digital transformation and the uprising of IoT, enterprise organizations are faced with some significant challenges around the management of business-critical data concerning data protection, access, data retention, data recovery, and mobility.
In reality, enterprise organizations can’t expect traditional data management solutions to have the capabilities to accommodate the data growth and business demands of our current times. Partly because of the majority of the available data management solutions were designed to satisfy business requirements from a couple of decades ago.
Some of the challenges enterprise organizations are facing is the lack of modern and advanced technological innovations as well as modernized operational workflows with that are designed to drive simplicity in management. Traditional data protection and recovery solutions depend on complex workflows and processes that require a lot of management efforts to perform some of the most fundamental and core functions. In enterprise scenarios, the manageability of the infrastructure is compromised by complex solutions and operational procedures. Complexity, not only increases the management efforts but it also increases operational costs and even more important, it increases the probability of functional risks which can be extremely costly and detrimental to any business.
Enterprise organizations facing the challenges mentioned above is what keeps everyone from the executive staff all the way down to the infrastructure admins losing sleep concerned about the adequate management and protection of their data. Here is an abbreviated list of those concerns:
- Protections and recovery windows
- Recoverability service levels
- Reduction of risks and exposure to data loss
- Long-term backup storage
- Data management complexity
- Data sovereignty and compliance
- Budgets and costs
Enterprise organizations have to adopt a modern data management solution that is capable of delivering on the characteristics mentioned above. A majority of the information generated and stored by the business-critical application in enterprise rely on relational database management systems such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle to name a few. Oracle is by far one of the undeniable leaders in the relational database management systems domain, and it’s also one of the most relied upon systems in the enterprise. Application owners and database admins face the challenge of protecting a large number of databases with data volumes continuously expanding due to the growth in database sizes as well as compliance and regulatory compliance requiring longer data retention periods.
Because of long term data sovereignty and compliance mandates it has become too expensive and risky to preserve protected data on traditional primary storage system. At the same time, having an active data protection strategy with fast RTOs and RPOs is paramount, especially for mission-critical applications that can withstand only minimal downtime windows.
Enterprise organizations have to satisfy data management business requirements whilst also adhering to data sovereignty, and compliance regulation acts. A solution is needed that is capable of simplifying and streamlining their data management procedures.
Cohesity’s DataPlatform can help enterprise organization overcome data management challenges and concerns by streamlining their procedures and provide a simple, fast, and cost-effective converged data platform that includes a data protection and recovery solution for growing Oracle database environments. With native integration to Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) Cohesity provides application-consistent backup and recovery for both Oracle single instance or Real Application Clusters (RAC).
Cohesity DataPlatform provides two different powerful integration options for Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN):
Cohesity’s Remote Adapter integration with Oracle RMAN – Cohesity Remote Adapter delivers an integrated and centralized approach to
manage Oracle backup jobs. It provides a single location to register and schedule all RMAN scripts across the Oracle environment. Remote Adapter is built-into Cohesity DataPlatform and offers flexible management of scripts running on remote hosts.
This allows the Cohesity cluster to manage data protection processes and schedules as well as provide a consolidated log of all activity. Oracle RMAN scripts are still hosted on the Oracle server with one extra step to register the scripts with the Cohesity cluster. Once registered, the RMAN scripts are remotely triggered and monitored for completion and activity logged on the cluster.
Advantages of the Cohesity Remote Adapter and Oracle RMAN:
Simplifies administration by providing a single-pane-of-glass for managing backup attributes and reports including blackout windows, pause for maintenance, etc.
- Provides a single location for the customer to register all RMAN scripts
- Provided central scheduling for all RMAN scripts consolidating data protection scheduling across multiple Oracle servers
- Report and Track all backup tasks, schedules, and alerts from a single console
- QoS Policy for workload optimization
Oracle RMAN Writing to Cohesity DataPlatform as a Target – For this option, Cohesity is presented as an NFS volume, 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 to reduce secondary storage consumption and footprint.
Advantages of leveraging RMAN with Cohesity as target storage:
- No change needed by DBA
- Leverage Cohesity scale out platform
- QoS Policy for workload optimization
Cohesity’s DataPlatform also makes it easy for enterprise organizations to assess and validate the reliability of their data protection strategy and requirements from both physical and logical perspectives
- Physical: Disasters, outages, failures, corruptions
- Logical: Human errors, application errors, remote replication
Take a look at the demonstration below which showcases Cohesity’s integration with Oracle RMAN.
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