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Accidents happen. Is your Oracle disaster recovery plan ready?

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No one wakes up and decides to stub their toe or trip on that last step—accidents happen. But when your databases take a tumble, data loss isn’t an option. Instead, you need a fully equipped Oracle disaster recovery plan, bandages and all.

Our portfolio of disaster recovery solutions is here to stitch up any data wound, supporting:

  • Asynchronous and synchronous storage replication   
  • Replication of nondatabase data, such as application server binaries   
  • Use of disaster recovery resources for development and testing   
  • Use of replicated data to refresh development and testing systems   
  • Nondisruptive disaster recovery testing 

We’ll have you on the mend in no time, making your Oracle databases ultraresilient and ready for whatever comes next. 

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Choosing the right Oracle disaster recovery plan 

To build your Oracle disaster recovery solution, start by determining your business application requirements. How much loss or downtime can you take before you need to send in your reinforcements? 

There are two parameters used to define these requirements: 
  • Recovery point objective (RPO): maximum tolerable data loss 
  • Recovery time objective (RTO): maximum tolerable business application downtime 

Determining RPO and RTO directly affects the technical options available. If you draw a hard line and determine you can’t tolerate any data loss or downtime, you’ll end up with a more expensive and complicated Oracle disaster recovery solution than you probably need. No two virtual villains are the same size, so you can assign different RTO and RPO requirements to different failure situations, from a local power outage to a complete data center failure. 

When you’ve set your requirements, you’ll have a clear path to a disaster recovery plan that makes the most sense for your business. When trouble arises, all that’s left to do is hit your Oracle disaster recovery go button.

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Oracle database backup and replication

Protecting your Oracle environment requires balancing a lot of concerns: budget, downtime, and those elusive zero-data-loss goals. Oracle database backup and replication solutions from NetApp help you strike that balance, shrinking database backup time from 15 hours to 15 minutes and slashing replication storage costs by more than 80%.

Italgas’s consistent database backups

With any good treatment plan, consistency is key. And with any good disaster recovery plan, consistent backups are no different. Italgas, Europe’s third largest gas distribution company, migrated their entire data center (including 55 large Oracle databases) to Microsoft Azure. And with this migration, they needed greater control of database performance and disaster recovery. 

Italgas called in the specialists: NetApp and Microsoft. Together, the teams helped Italgas develop testing scenarios that meet targeted performance metrics under stringent cost constraints. No more on-premises backup—now, Italgas has consistent backups in a fraction of the time, down from 15 hours to 15 minutes.

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DG Khan upgrades Oracle database disaster recovery

With a production capacity of 4.2 million tons of cement per year, DG Khan can’t afford any downtime when something goes wrong. And with storage needs growing by up to 20% each year, the cement company needed something tougher than a Band-Aid—and something easier to manage. 

Enter NetApp. With our solutions for Oracle, DG Khan now runs an infrastructure that includes a disaster recovery site, with data replication across both locations. Compression accelerates the replication process by reducing the amount of data, and the whole storage environment is managed through a unified system manager.  

No silos, no data loss. Now that’s an Oracle disaster recovery upgrade.

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What is the best first step to take when planning for disaster recovery?

The best place to start is to have a clear understanding of which systems and applications are most critical to your business operations. Those systems and applications are key to running your business and therefore need to be available 24/7. 

How will a disaster affect my business?

Many studies have shown that business application downtime has a significant negative impact on business. In addition to potentially devastating financial impact, any downtime could affect staff morale, customer loyalty, or your very valuable reputation. 

Are NetApp disaster recovery solutions available on premises and in the cloud?

Yes. Whether on premises or in the cloud, NetApp® ONTAP® solutions are there to help you run your Oracle databases in the most efficient way possible, regardless of location.

How long does a typical backup and restore operation for unplanned downtime run?

A manual Oracle backup and restore operation is a difficult process that can run many hours. But with automation and the NetApp SnapCenter® licensed capability, backup and restore operations can be completed in minutes, regardless of database size.

How will I know if my disaster recovery plan works? 

A very important step in the disaster recovery planning process is to test that plan. Testing will determine whether the systems react as stipulated. NetApp FlexClone® technology directly addresses this vital step. Execute your disaster recovery failover test without influencing or interrupting ongoing replication. 

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