Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance is an engineered data protection solution that helps eliminate Oracle Database data loss exposure throughout an organization. Changes to mission-critical databases are logged to Recovery Appliance as they occur, enabling customers to recover protected databases to within less than a second of when an outage or ransomware attack occurs. An automated, incremental-only approach to backups with validation on Recovery Appliance eliminates the need for time-consuming full backups and frees database server and administrative resources for production work. Recovery automation, backup immutability, and a high-availability architecture help organizations meet government requirements for protecting and rapidly recovering crucial data.
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Oracle Database changes are sent from database server memory to the Recovery Appliance, where they are logged in real-time, protecting customer databases with sub-second recovery point objectives.
Automated, incremental forever backups protect customer databases up to 50X faster than traditional methods, as described in the Energy Transfer video.
Recovery Appliance uses its knowledge of internal Oracle Database formats to validate backups when received and during their creation, ensuring that customer databases are always recoverable. This is crucial for ransomware protection, where data can be infiltrated in any location without warning. Backups are the critical, final layer of defense to ensure business recovery.
Recovery Appliance automatically generates a virtual full backup at the start of the recovery process, enabling up to 8X faster recoveries compared with traditional approaches, as described in the Energy Transfer video.
Databases can be protected in offsite locations using built-in capabilities for archiving backups to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure or replicating them to remote Recovery Appliance systems.
A scalable design with no single-point-of-failure and fault resiliency allows IT teams to protect and recovery customer databases across component, server, and storage failures.
Built-in automation proactively checks for potential failures and repairs or disables these components to ensure availability of the appliance. Automatic logging of maintenance requests reduces system administrator workloads and accelerates repairs.
Starting with 2 PB of virtual full backup capacity and easily scaling to more than 282 PB, Recovery Appliance has the flexibility to protect databases throughout the enterprise.
Recovery Appliance sustains up to 35 TB per hour of data protection performance per rack, the equivalent of 350 TB per hour of virtual full backups, so database administrators (DBAs) can rapidly back up and recover databases. Each system can be scaled up to 18 racks, providing 630 TB per hour throughput and letting enterprises protect more than 6 PB per hour of database data with virtual full backups.
Optimizations with Oracle Database, including backup validation offload to Recovery Appliance, reduce database server overhead by up to 25% (PDF) so customers' production databases run at the highest possible performance during backups.
Recovery Appliance now provides a configuration option to add 100 Gb top-of-rack (ToR) switches, enabling direct connectivity for Exadata-hosted protected databases, thereby offloading data center network traffic and boosting throughput.
Recovery Appliance automation reduces database administrator (DBA) workloads, eliminating up to 80% of the manual tasks required to back up and recover a database.
Built-in, full-stack integration reduces customers’ hardware requirements and management workloads, lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) by over 30% compared to traditional, purpose-built backup appliances.
Database administrators (DBAs) define multiple tiers of data-protection policies and apply them to different classes of databases throughout the enterprise, optimizing recoverability while managing costs.
Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control gives database administrators (DBAs) a complete, end-to-end view of the data-protection lifecycle, so they can quickly understand database status, identify issues, and take corrective actions.
Continuous monitoring of database recoverability with built-in alerting and report generation make it easier for enterprises to meet compliance requirements.
Recovery Appliance simplifies Oracle Database protection in customer data centers with backup, recovery, and archiving of databases running on Oracle engineered systems and virtually any server/operating system combination.
Automated database protection, validation, and recovery of customer databases eliminate many human errors, reducing the likelihood of database administrators (DBAs) ever having to do a manual recovery.
Database-aware backup synchronization automatically occurs between systems in a replication configuration. This allows backup and recovery service level agreements (SLAs) to be preserved in virtually any failure scenario, whether affecting the database or appliance.
Recovery goals for the database are policy controlled, so customers can customize protection for replicated backups and archiving to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure or tape systems.
Database administrators (DBAs) utilize familiar RMAN techniques to protect and recover databases, simplifying the implementation of data protection as a service across the enterprise.
Centralized application of data-protection policies ensures that local database administrators (DBAs) can’t accidentally or maliciously delete backups, while role-based administration limits unauthorized access to them.
Identifying an inconsistent backup is key to uncovering malware or ransomware attacks. The Recovery Appliance checks all incoming and replicated backups for Oracle block correctness, allowing administers to immediately quarantine systems and conduct further investigations.
The Recovery Appliance is built using the rigorously tested, industry-hardened Exadata architecture. This architecture helps reduce an IT organization's overall surface area of attack through consolidation and consistent secure management of database backups.
Immutable backup preserves integrity of backup data and often used as a last line of defense layer against malware and ransomware attacks. Some industries are requiring this increased layer of backup security to address compliance regulations.
Recovery Appliance has been assessed as compliant with US Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 17a-4(f), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Rule 4511(c), Commodity Futures Trading Commission Rule 1.31(c)-(d), and the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II Delegated Regulation Article 72(1) requirements as described in the Cohasset Associates Compliance Assessment Report (PDF).
At times an exceptional retention state is required to preserve backups for legal discovery and and forensics purposes. Backups may be designated “Legal Hold” and will not be deleted until the “hold” requirement is removed.
Recovery Appliance base system pricing has decreased 50%, which when combined with increased storage capacity lowers an organization's operational costs. Regardless of size, all deployments cost less since they start with a base system and benefit from increased storage capacity.
Consolidating enterprisewide database protection while using database-aware compression and deduplication eliminates inefficient, standalone solutions and shrinks storage requirements by up to 40%, as discussed in Swisscom’s video (1:31).
Optimized recovery of Oracle databases lets customers rapidly restore and recover databases, shortening unplanned outages and minimizing downtime.
Recovery Appliance automation simplifies backup and recovery operational management, improves database administrator (DBA) productivity, and lowers costs by reducing manual processes—including error-prone manual data protection tasks—by as much as 80%.
Efficient server-side awareness of database changes dramatically reduces backup network traffic, lowering customers’ operational expenses.
Built on the proven technology foundation of Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, Recovery Service adds end-to-end cloud automation for ease of use and cloud economics that make higher availability and resiliency available for any size organization or budget.
Configure automatic backups and optionally enable real-time data protection for continuous transaction protection in less than five clicks. Recovery is just as easy—simply choose the desired recovery point, including the latest point possible, a user-specified time, or user-selected system change number, and click to restore the database.
Backup encryption is enforced for all protected databases, providing increased security by rendering backups unusable without encryption keys—which are never stored on Recovery Service.
Recovery Service enforces a 14-day minimum recovery that can be extended to 95 days. Backups can’t be arbitrarily deleted by the user, and if a protected database is deleted its backups will be retained for a minimum of 72 hours, providing a buffer period that lets the database be recovered after an accidental deletion.
For databases with less stringent service-level agreements, customers can minimize costs by using Oracle Database Autonomous Recovery Service, which includes all capabilities except real-time data protection.
George Mamvura and Javier Ruiz from Energy Transfer describe how Oracle's Recovery Appliance eliminated do-it-yourself complexity and provided peace of mind not available with other solutions.
Find out from Christoph Lutz, head architect at Swisscom, how they use Oracle's Recovery Appliance to eliminate IT complexity, reduce storage and integration costs, and reduce risk for leading customers throughout Switzerland.
METRONOM, the IT subsidiary of Metro, a leading specialty food distributor and retailer, uses Oracle's Recovery Appliance to simplify protection of Oracle Databases and make DBAs more productive.
“I am very relieved we can count on Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance. We spent so much time with refresh tasks, now the DBA team’s productivity has improved significantly, we have the protection of our Oracle databases under control at any time through Enterprise Manager and the confidence that, in case we need an urgent restore, we will be able to perform it very quickly and up to the latest transaction.”
Manager of Database Services, Evergy
Continually protect Oracle databases with secure systems and mitigate the impact of cyberattacks with rapid database recoveries to any point in time.
Recovery Appliance offloads resource-intensive backup and recovery processes, such as period full backups and backup validation from database servers, freeing up CPU resources for production database operations.
Automatically protect database change data as it’s created and protect it with a highly available data-protection system to reduce the risk of short- and long-term data loss.
Consistently protect Oracle databases across the enterprise with customer-defined recovery policies, and use built-in monitoring to determine whether they’re meeting their recoverability SLAs.
Reduce the duration and financial impact of unplanned downtime with automated recoveries that take less time than with traditional backup and recovery appliances.
Provide zero data loss protection and fast, predictable recovery for your Oracle databases running on OCI with the new Oracle Database Zero Data Loss Autonomous Recovery Service.
Donna Cooksey, Solution Specialist, Oracle Product Marketing
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