Peter Gerr (Pete)

Data-driven Business? Hope Your Oracle Data Protection Strategy Is Up To The Task

Blog Post created by Peter Gerr (Pete) on Apr 28, 2017

If you run your business on Oracle Database, for example, you want the highest performance, uncompromising availability and the lowest TCO you can get to achieve your business goals. But do your data protection requirements still align with your data growth, service level agreements or commitment to an "always on" business@@?

 

Data is the single most important asset to large enterprises in the digital economy. Your business runs on data. Not only can data be collected, stored, and analyzed for information about customers, market trends, business processes, and more, but it allows consumers to reliably conduct transactions and colleagues to collaborate from any location, at any time, on any device.

 

Enterprise data serves as a productivity enhancer, a historical record, a compliance requirement, and can be a source of competitive intelligence and opportunity. And the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and other digital sources and connected systems are adding greater strain on IT time and resources. It is critical that enterprises manage and consider new ways to protect their data to ensure reliable availability to power applications for customers, employees and business partners.

 

Avoid Business Risks

Continuous business operations are absolutely essential to enterprises in the digital economy. Even brief outages can a huge impact on revenue, productivity, brand image, and customer satisfaction. No business is exempt: even well-established service providers have felt the pain of an unexpected outage. Downtime affects not just the provider’s business, but by extension, the provider’s customer’s business.

 

The lesson is clear: Enterprises pay a steep financial price when applications and data are mismanaged, cannot be accessed, or have inadequate data protection. This is especially true for mission-critical business applications, many of which run on Oracle Databases. These include enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, human resources, and sales platforms. Disruptions in service and accessibility to any of these Oracle-powered business apps can be damaging, and even devastating, even after a few minutes of downtime.

 

What Are Modern Data Protection Strategies?

Modern data protection strategy involves comprehensive activities, such as backup and operation recovery, archiving, replication, and disaster recovery, all of which play a part in ensuring data is available for access by users. (Data security, on the other hand, involves safeguarding data from internal and external unauthorized users, malware, and cyberattacks.)

 

It takes a unified approach that covers both enterprise data sets and the underlying IT infrastructure, including storage, compute and converged systems. It also leverages automation, which provides a new level of consistency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness that helps enable continuous business operations, while lowering the risk of data loss or business interruptions.

 

Data Protection Imperatives for Your Oracle Database and Application Environment

Not all data protection techniques are created equal, nor sufficient to meet many new business data demands.

 

Our modern data protection solutions help enterprises avoid the costly downtime of Oracle Database and business applications, while providing the agility and resilience necessary to compete and thrive in the digital economy. They protect business-critical data that keeps the business running.

 

Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID) and global-active device (GAD) minimize business-critical data loss by non-disruptively protecting critical Oracle databases and business applications from data loss, while providing data recovery at the speed that today’s business and customers expect.

 

 

Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID) automates and orchestrates local and remote storage-assisted replication to provide modern data protection and copy data management for Oracle environments.

 

Key Benefits of Hitachi Data Instance Director

HDID is integrated into Oracle Database and application environments to provide a single, unified platform that can meet the operational recovery, disaster recovery and copy data management challenges of modern digital enterprises. HDID allows IT administrators to: 1) quickly and easily enable automated application-aware snapshots and clones of Oracle databases, and 2) enact business-defined, SLA-driven policies.

 

HDID features include:

  • Unique workflow-based policy engine.
  • Easy-to-use whiteboard-style interface.
  • Integrated storage-based and host-based incremental-forever data capture capabilities.
  • High scalability necessary to handle Oracle-based workloads.
  • Automatically create, refresh and expire copies of production data, as part of an end-to-end, local and remote copy data management workflow.

 

HDID’s unified approach to data protection, recovery, and retention for data and business applications that reside in Oracle environments helps large enterprises minimize business disruptions, while dramatically improving recovery times. In addition, HDID can shrink or eliminate an enterprise’s backup window and restore applications in minutes or seconds, while lowering administration costs.

 

Key Benefits of Global-Active Device (GAD)

The unique “always-on” capabilities of GAD ensure continuous availability of business-critical applications running on centralized or distributed Oracle Database platforms in on-premises and cloud environments and across multiple data centers.

 

GAD features include:

  • Data mirroring in real-time ensures synchronous, non-disruptive replication.
  • Automatic failover that enables data to remain transparent at a second or third site where an active copy of all data resides.
  • Non-disruptive data migration that enables read/write copies of the same data in two places simultaneously.

 

In the event of an unplanned outage, GAD simplifies disaster and data recovery efforts through automation, delivers zero or near-zero Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and provides assurance to the business that critical data sets and applications are protected.

 

Next Steps: Start a Data Protection Assessment

Don’t put your Oracle Database at risk.

 

More to the point - don't put your business at risk.

 

Start modernizing your data protection with a thorough assessment of the enterprise’s existing data protection capabilities, relative to its business requirements. Business requirements often take the vague form of “always available” access for users and customers, but for some companies it can also include compliance and regulatory requirements for industries such as healthcare, financial services and telecommunications.

 

Most importantly, a successful outcome should be measured by a simplified, unified and automated data protection program that scales with your data growth, without compromising the performance of your Oracle Database environments. And that ultimately help you "keep the lights on", 24x7x365.

 

Ready to Learn More?

See how Hitachi Data Instance Director and GAD provide additional protection and automated policies for your Oracle Database and application environments.

 

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