The time has finally come and I am now smack-dab in the middle of Oracle OpenWorld 2013. I have heard that this is one of the largest shows in IT and now I really believe it! It has been a very exciting time. The EMC booth has literally been slammed with customers interested in EMC solutions for Oracle the last two days!
Today started out with a bang with Joe Tucci, EMC CEO, and Jeremy Burton, EMC EVP Product Operations, Solutions, and Marketing kicking off the event with a Keynote Address. Joe underscored that Oracle and EMC share an 18 year partnership and 80K joint customers worldwide. He also shared that EMC has built a differentiated technology stack in that ours is horizontal, rather than vertical, offering our customers CHOICE.
Jeremy highlighted that an Independent Oracle User Group survey indicates that 71% of the users polled stated that ‘Managing Backup and Recovery’ was their #3 activity that is increasing in volume. He underscored that EMC is offering tools that enable DBAs to spend LESS time in the back office and MORE time in the front office where the business gets done. To amplify the message, there were demos of the new plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager as well as how backups can be optimized using EMC Data Domain with new support for multi-plexing when deduplicating data during Oracle backups.
It was an even bigger day for the EMC Backup Recovery Systems Division (BRS) – Guy Churchward, President and Stephen Manley, CTO were hosted in theCUBE with Dave Vellante, CEO of Wikibon. Guy discussed EMC strategy and vision including EMC’s perspective on the current data protection market and the importance of delivering new solutions for Oracle protection while Stephen talked about how to strike a good balance between empowering the DBA while also maintaining oversight of the data protection process.
Caitlin Gordon, Product Marketing, summarized EMC solutions for Oracle data protection including Oracle RMAN with NFS/dNFS/CIFS and DD Boost, as well as the Data Protection Suite. She outlined the new announcements since oow12 which include support for Oracle 12c , Exadata, SAP on Oracle, and the new collaborative protection with NetWorker.
Since I’m writing today’s recap blog, and am the Marketing Manager for NetWorker, I’m taking this opportunity to share deeper details about the new feature in NetWorker that offers the best of both worlds for Oracle DBAs using RMAN with the Fast Recovery Area and Backup Administrators. It enables the Oracle DBA and Backup Administrator to collaborate, yet work independently, to achieve common data protection goals. The best part is that neither one has to learn a new tool or a different process dictated by another team.
With NetWorker, the Oracle DBA continues to use RMAN and their native RMAN scripts for both backup and recovery. NetWorker synchronizes the Oracle and NetWorker catalogs – without requiring the DBA to do a single thing, or the Backup Admin to know Oracle. The Oracle DBA now has access to an ‘infinite Fast Recovery Area’. NetWorker will help support RMAN policies by moving data that has been backed up to an EMC Data Domain system or another secondary backup media, ensuring backups do not fail due to lack of disk space. This process enables IT to maintain oversight and management of corporate SLAs that may include retention and compliance policies while the Oracle DBA has full control and can recover their data from where ever it was stored, without ever even having to know (or care) it had been moved! Backups are stored in native Oracle format.
It has been a great show so far. And, I can’t wait to get back to the EMC Booth to talk to more folks about how we can help Oracle DBAs spend more time in the front office than in the back office!
For more information about this newly supported feature, watch this whiteboard video or, if you prefer, read our white paper on the topic.