SnapManager for Oracle automates and simplifies the complex, manual, and time-consuming processes associated with the backup, recovery, and cloning of Oracle databases. You can use SnapManager with ONTAP SnapMirror technology to create copies of backups on another volume and with ONTAP SnapVault technology to archive backups efficiently to disk.
SnapManager integrates with native Oracle technologies such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC), Automatic Storage Management (ASM), and Direct NFS across FC, iSCSI, and NFS protocols. Optionally, backups created using SnapManager can be cataloged with Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) to preserve the backup information; these backups can be used later in block-level restore or tablespace point-in-time recovery operations.
SnapManager features seamless integration with Oracle databases on the UNIX host and with NetApp Snapshot, SnapRestore, and FlexClone technologies on the back end. It offers an easy-to-use user interface (UI) as well as a command-line interface (CLI) for administrative functions.
SnapManager enables you to perform the following database operations and manage data efficiently:
Creating space-efficient backups on primary or secondary storage
You can back up the data files and archive log files separately.
Restoring full or partial databases using a file-based or volume-based restore operation
Recovering databases by discovering, mounting, and applying archive log files from backups
Pruning archive log files from archive log destinations when creating backups of only the archive logs
Retaining a minimum number of archive log backups automatically by retaining only the backups that contain unique archive log files
Tracking operation details and generating reports
Verifying backups to ensure that backups are in a valid block format and that none of the backed-up files are corrupted
Maintaining a history of operations performed on the database profile
A profile contains information about the database to be managed by SnapManager.
Creating space-efficient clones of backups on primary or secondary storage systems
SnapManager enables you to split a clone of a database.