Oracle OpenWorld Wrap-up: Everyone’s a Winner (Except the Kiwis)

What a week and what a show!  This week San Francisco hosted two amazing Oracle centric events – the America’s Cup regatta and Oracle Open World.   As you probably heard, Oracle Team USA completed an epic comeback after being down 8 – 1 to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand on Wednesday.  This thrilling victory added to the buzz in the city that was already going full tilt up at the Moscone Center for Oracle Open World.

Oracle Open World Show Floor

Caitlin at the EMC Booth

If you ask me (okay, I’m a bit biased), the source of a lot of that buzz was the EMC booth where thousands of customers stopped by throughout the week to discuss EMC solutions for Oracle.

One of the hottest topics of the week was data protection – unfortunately it’s clear that DBAs around the world continue to struggle with backup and recovery.  With so many DBAs backing up directly to primary storage, there are a lot of efficiencies that can be gained by using Data Domain and DD Boost for RMAN.

We met many wonderful DBAs during the week and had a lot of great conversations about how they can improve Oracle backup while maintaining control.


Of course the booth was just one of the many places EMC data protection was the topic of conversation.  On Monday, Jeff St. Cyr and I had a packed house where over 200 folks came to learn how they could “Make Oracle Backups 50% Faster with Deduplication and Oracle RMAN”.   In this session, we discussed the various options for backing up your Oracle databases and some of the best practices for each approach.


The fun continued on Tuesday, when we kicked off the day with the EMC keynote starring Joe Tucci and Jeremy Burton.   One of the highlights of the keynote was Jeremy’s focus on how EMC is focused on making lives easier for DBAs.  This included a demo of DD Boost for Oracle RMAN – showing how DBAs can get faster, more efficient backup and maintain complete control by managing backups within Oracle Enterprise Manager.


A couple hours later, theCUBE featured a Data Protection Spotlight, with guest appearances by Guy Churchward, Stephen Manley, Darryl Smith (from EMC IT) and yours truly. You can check out the videos here – some great conversations on the state of data protection today and how it’s impacting database backup and recovery:

Caitlin's Cisco talk

In addition, on Monday and Wednesday, Cisco welcomed me to their booth to discuss ‘Backup and Recovery of VCE Vblock Systems for Oracle Applications’.  This was a great opportunity to touch on how Vblock enables the fastest path to the cloud and the different options to protect all applications in a converged infrastructure.

The week wrapped up with a bang on Wednesday night with an energizing performance by Maroon 5 and the Black Keys.  It was a great way to wrap up a fun and engaging week.


See you all next year!

Caitlin Gordon

Caitlin Gordon

Data Domain Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
I have spent the past nine years focused on all things data protection, with a focus on backup and archive. Lucky for me, Data Domain Systems give me lots of good topics to discuss here. When I’m not blogging, I’m equal parts gadget geek and sports freak – always ready to chat about the latest IT rumor or celebrate/lament the latest Boston sports heartbreak/victory. You can also find me talking backup on Twitter and YouTube.

Oracle OpenWorld: Tucci, Burton On EMC-Oracle Partnership

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Recap of Keynote

EMC and Oracle have forged one of the industry’s strongest partnerships. This was on full display at Oracle OpenWorld as EMC’s Joe Tucci and Jeremy Burton used the their keynote to demonstrate how this alliance is driving new value for customers. TBW Blogger Michael Wilke recaps from the show floor.

Heidi Biggar

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

My Top 5 Reasons Why Data Domain for Oracle Database Backups!

Thinking Man

For the sake of argument, let’s say that I am an Oracle DBA and some of my databases have gotten so big, it’s getting difficult to finish daily full backups within our available backup window.  There is talk that the backup admins want to change our database backups to weekend fulls and daily incrementals but I don’t want that because it will make database recovery more difficult, more time consuming, and less certain.

Unfortunately for me, our database backups are managed by the backup administrators so I really don’t have much control over what they do and when.   The other thing that scares me is the number of media and tape hardware problems I hear they are having on a regular basis.  I’m worried that when we really do need to recover an important database, we won’t be able to recover from physical tape and because I have no visibility into their backup results, I never really know if my databases are protected or not.  I’m also concerned about actually recovering our databases in a real disaster recovery situation.

This is an all to common scenario for many DBAs.  Fortunately, Data Domain systems can help to alleviate these pains.

Here are my Top 5 Reasons Why Data Domain for Oracle database backups:

  1. Backups with Data Domain and DD Boost are 50% faster giving me the speed I need to complete full backups within backup windows and providing some breathing room for databases to grow.
  2. Backups with Data Domain are more reliable because it eliminates unreliable physical tape media and physical tape hardware and the Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture provides the best data protection available giving me confidence we will be able to recover when needed.
  3. Database recovery will be simple because we will always be recovering from full backups.
  4. I have control of all my Oracle database backups, replication to our DR site, and recovery from RMAN with full catalog visibility so I always know what’s going on without having to ask the backup admins.
  5. I am confident that I can recover my Oracle databases in a true disaster recovery situation because I know that my database backups have completed successfully, that Data Domain is protecting the integrity of the data, that the replication to our DR site Data Domain system has completed, and that I’ll be recovering from a full database backup.

Those are the top 5 reasons why I’d want Data Domain to protect my Oracle databases if I was an Oracle DBA!

Gene Maxwell

Gene Maxwell

Technical Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
I am known by many as the creator of documentation that helps others easily understand technology. This is because I discovered that I myself was a visual learner as I worked in many different IT roles over the years. Prior to my technical marketing role, I was an EMC technical consultant for six years. I also have many years of experience as a customer in IT responsible for data center management & disaster recovery, including backups. My hobbies include building PCs, collecting movies (Casablanca is my favorite), singing and playing my guitar. I have a twin brother who is three minutes older than I am.

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 – Tuesday Recap

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.

SherryBlogPhoto6With 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.

Sherry Davenport
I started in the IT industry over 30 years ago — it sure doesn’t feel like that long! I worked my way through the ranks starting at the old Digital Equipment Corporation in software sales support, sales training, channel training, product management and, ultimately, marketing. My background includes digital imaging, team productivity software, Alta Vista (remember that?), storage management, storage networking and most recently backup and recovery software. While I love my job, I love cooking and wine appreciation even more.

Boost Oracle with EMC Data Protection

As a follow up to my blog last week,  EMC Data Protection has taken Oracle OpenWorld by storm.  If you run Oracle databases to support your most mission-critical apps, how difficult is it to backup up your databases in limited backup windows? Check this out to help you understand how EMC data protection solutions provide complete Oracle backup and DR enabling you to ensure Oracle backup doesn’t become a bottleneck to your IT transformation.


Caitlin Gordon

Caitlin Gordon

Data Domain Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
I have spent the past nine years focused on all things data protection, with a focus on backup and archive. Lucky for me, Data Domain Systems give me lots of good topics to discuss here. When I’m not blogging, I’m equal parts gadget geek and sports freak – always ready to chat about the latest IT rumor or celebrate/lament the latest Boston sports heartbreak/victory. You can also find me talking backup on Twitter and YouTube.