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Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X9M

Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X9M is an engineered data-protection solution that eliminates Oracle Database data-loss exposure throughout the enterprise. With today’s regular news of ransomware attacks compromising production and backup data, it is clear that modern threats require modern data protection, especially for mission-critical databases. The Recovery Appliance continually protects customer databases by logging and validating all transactional changes as they occur to ensure recoverability. This allows databases to be recovered within zero to sub-second of any outage, including those caused by ransomware attacks. This approach reduces backup time by eliminating the need for full backups and frees database server resources to focus on operational work.

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Juan Loaiza, executive vice president for mission-critical database technologies, introduces Oracle Exadata X9M platforms.

Product features

Oracle Database integrations

Real-time redo transport enables continuous data protection

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.

Incremental-forever backups accelerate protection

Automated, incremental-forever backups protect customer databases up to 50X faster than traditional methods, as described in the Energy Transfer video.

Backup validation improves recoverability

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.

Virtual full backups accelerate recoveries

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.

Copy to cloud improves disaster recovery

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.

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High availability and performance

Redundant design increases availability

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.

Proactive fault management increases availability

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.

Scalability enables data protection as a service

Starting with 2 PB of virtual full backup capacity and easily scaling to more than 200 PB, Recovery Appliance has the flexibility to protect databases throughout the enterprise.

High throughput protects enterprise databases

Recovery Appliance sustains up to 24 TB/hour of data-protection performance per rack, the equivalent of 240 TB/hour of virtual full backups, so database administrators (DBAs) can rapidly back up and recover databases. Each system may be scaled up to 18 racks, providing 432 TB/hour throughput and enabling enterprises to protect more than 4 PB/hour of database data with virtual full backups.

Validation offload improves database performance

Optimizations with Oracle Database, including backup validation offload to the Recovery Appliance, reduce database server overhead by up to 25% (PDF) so customer’s production databases run at the highest possible performance during backups.

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Management integrations

Automated operations eliminate manual tasks

Recovery Appliance automation reduces database administrator (DBA) workloads, eliminating up to 80% of the manual tasks required to backup and recover a database, as described in Wikibon’s analysis (PDF).

Built-in integration lower costs

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.

Policy-based protection enhances recoverability

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.

Unified cloud management simplifies database administration

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 simplifies compliance

Continuous monitoring of database recoverability with built-in alerting and report generation make it easier for enterprises to meet compliance requirements.

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Core capabilities

Protect Oracle Database on any platform

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.

Automation reduces human errors

Automated database protection, validation, and recovery of customer databases eliminates many human errors, reducing by 98% the likelihood of database administrators (DBAs) having to do a manual recovery, as discussed in Wikibon’s analysis (PDF).

Backup and Recover Anywhere

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.

Retention goals enforced throughout backup lifecycle

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.

Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) integration eliminates retraining

Database administrators (DBAs) utilize familiar RMAN techniques to protect and recover databases, simplifying the implementation of data protection as a service across the enterprise.

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Centralized administration increases security

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.

End-to-end validation protects against attacks

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.

Hardened system architecture reduces risks

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.

Lower costs

Lower system pricing cuts infrastructure costs

Recovery Appliance base system pricing has been reduced by 50%, which when combined with increased storage capacity lowers an organization's operational costs by up to 62% (PDF). Regardless of size, all deployments cost less since they start with a base system and benefit from increased storage capacity.

Consolidation and data reduction reduce enterprise-wide costs

Consolidating enterprise-wide database protection while using database-aware compression and deduplication eliminates inefficient, standalone solutions and shrink storage requirements by up to 40%, as discussed in Swisscom’s video.

Eliminating unplanned downtime increases revenue

Optimized recovery of Oracle databases enables customers to shorten unplanned outages and, as discussed in Wikibon’s analysis (PDF), reduce their revenue impact by up to 47%.

Automation reduces administrative costs

Recovery Appliance automation improves database administrator (DBA) productivity and lowers costs by reducing the typical number of backup and recovery steps by more than 80%, as discussed in Wikibon’s analysis (PDF).

Incremental-forever backups reduce networking costs

Efficient server-side awareness of database changes dramatically reduces backup network traffic, lowering customers’ operational expenses.

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Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance customer successes

Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance is used by customers around the world to protect crucial Oracle databases, consolidate data protection infrastructure, and reduce costs.

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Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance use cases

  • Limit the impact of cyberattacks

    Continually protect Oracle databases with secure systems and mitigate the impact of cyberattacks with rapid database recoveries to any point in time.

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  • Improve database performance

    See how DBAs get database-optimized backup, reporting, validation, and most importantly, recovery.

    Watch the database administrator (DBA) video (1:44)

  • Reduce data loss exposure

    Automatically protect database change data as it is created and protect it with a highly available data- protection system to reduce the risk of short and long-term data loss.

    Watch the risk management video (1:30)

  • Centrally manage data protection

    Consistently protect Oracle databases across the enterprise with customer-defined recovery policies and use built-in monitoring to determine whether they are meeting their recoverability SLAs.

    Watch the IT management video (1:30)

  • Cut downtime costs in half

    Reduce the duration and financial impact of unplanned downtime with automated recoveries that take less time than with traditional backup and recovery appliances.

    Read the analysis (PDF)

September 23, 2021

Announcing Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X9M

Tim Chien, Senior Director of Product Management

The Oracle Backup and Recovery product team is excited to announce the general availability of Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X9M! This new release increases capacity, lowers the entry price, provides unmatched restore performance, and ensures recoverability from a ransomware attack.

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