Net Appliance shouts Snap!

Network Appliance is playing a different kind of snap at its stand at this year’s show. The vendor has introduced SnapManager, which provides an automated online backup and rapid data recovery solution for Oracle database environments.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  September 28, 2005

Network Appliance is playing a different kind of snap at its stand at this year’s show. The vendor has introduced SnapManager, which provides an automated online backup and rapid data recovery solution for Oracle database environments. “The biggest challenge for Oracle is back-up and recovery. This is because they way it is currently done uses two discrete environments — Oracle and the back-up. We have integrated both components, which allows us to offer near instant data recovery,” says Gavin Keeler, regional director of Network Appliance. NetApp SnapManager for Oracle leverages the power of NetApp Snapshot technology, and is a tightly integrated disk-based backup and granular recovery solution for Oracle customers using Oracle Automatic Storage Management technology. The solution provides customers with continuous uptime for online backups. NetApp SnapManager turns a multi-step backup and restore process into two simple commands from a single host machine. In the event of data corruption, SnapManager empowers database administrators (DBAs) to rapidly restore their Oracle data within one minute with no impact on database performance, as opposed to the average of one hour that is required to restore data from conventional tape backup solutions. The software provides DBAs even more options and flexibility for their Oracle Database on Network Appliance storage resources. Additionally, SnapManager for Oracle automates the cloning of Oracle databases by leveraging NetApp FlexCloneT technology. FlexClone improves the development productivity dramatically, enabling cloned environments to be created within minutes, instead of the days required to set up identical environments without FlexClone technology. The solution automatically discovers all the underlying files of an Oracle Database for the operations including backup, restore, recover and clone. This helps DBAs focus on what they manage — the database — rather than manually manage the storage systems, disks, host volumes, or host file systems.

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