EMC gives Oracle admins backup control, deduplication

Data Domain Boost offers enterprises a unified view of an Oracle backup environment

EMC today announced it has qualified its Data Domain Boost software for use with Oracle Recovery Manager, allowing data deduplication to take place on Oracle backup servers prior to crossing a storage network.

The Data Domain Boost software also allows Oracle database administrators to have direct control of backups and disaster recovery operations.

"As IT environments continue to scale in both size and complexity, we believe application owners will increasingly want more involvement in individual backup and recovery processes," Rob Emsley, an EMC senior director of product marketing, said in a statement.

EMC claims that its Data Domain Boost software offers as much as a 50% increase in backup performance, an 80% to 99% reduction in LAN bandwidth use, and a 20% to 40% reduction in CPU utilization on both the Oracle backup servers and Data Domain appliance.

The Data Domain appliance using the Boost software produces an aggregate throughput of up to 26.3 TB/hr, EMC said.

Data Domain is EMC's deduplication backup appliance. Typically, a Data Domain appliance identifies data segments coming from application servers, determines whether or not they're unique, and if they are, compresses them and writes them to the storage subsystem.

EMC's Data Domain Boost software distributes parts of the deduplication process to the Oracle servers, so segments are identified on the server first, where if they're unique they're compressed on the server and then sent to the Data Domain appliance to be stored.

Data Domain Boost also makes it possible for a backup application to integrate with a Data Domain appliance, allowing it to use its data replication capability. Backups written to one Data Domain system can be written to a second Data Domain appliance. Admins can use the backup application to recover duplicate backup copies from a replica Data Domain system.

EMC also claims that by using Data Domain Boost software, administrators will see a 10x to 30x reduction in backup storage capacity requirements.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at  @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com.

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