Oracle Adds Database Backup, Storage to Cloud Services Slate
A new, deeply integrated backup offering and an object storage solution expand Oracle's reach into the enterprise cloud market.Oracle today launched two new services, Database Backup and Storage Cloud, that not only expand the business software maker's enterprise cloud services portfolio, but also offer Oracle-based environments a one-stop shortcut to cloud-based data protection. Oracle Database Backup Service, nestled under the company's platform-as-a-service (PaaS) umbrella, provides businesses with a public cloud component for their database backup and recovery strategies. At a cost of $33 per terabyte (TB) per month, businesses get automatic three-way data mirroring on an unlimited number of backups. Moreover, Oracle Database Backup Service brings with it native support for the company's data protection software. The product is tightly integrated with Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN), boasts the company. An add-on called the Database Backup Cloud Module is required, and can be downloaded from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) website. Integrating Database Backup Service into a backup strategy is a practically seamless affair for current customers (Oracle Database Versions 10.2 and higher). Administrators can call up "familiar RMAN commands" to seamlessly perform backup and recovery operations. Further, Oracle admins can "parallelize and compress backup data transfers to help maximize performance," said the company.
Client-side encryption keeps data secure. According to Oracle, backups are "encrypted at the source with keys kept locally, optionally compressed, securely transmitted to the cloud which enables end-to-end security, reliability and data protection."