Oracle to simplify database clones and snapshots with Snap utility

The software for Sun ZFS Storage Appliances cuts down the number of steps to creating clones and snapshots of data

Oracle database users can now create snapshots and clones of the company's databases on a Sun ZFS Storage Appliance in one step, which should simplify both storage management and internal development in enterprises.

Oracle's Snap Management Utility for Oracle Database, announced on Wednesday, is designed to take most of the work out of creating and managing copies of information in a database. It can create an almost unlimited number of snapshots, according to the company. Snapshots provide pointers into data as it existed at a certain time, and clones offer a copy of stored data that can be used for offline testing and development.

The new utility, a software option for Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, reduces the number of steps for making snapshots from nine to one and for making clones from 12 to one, according to the company. IT administrators can make and manage those copies using a browser-based user interface. The utility has been qualified to work on Oracle Database 10g and 11g and on Oracle Engineered Systems, including the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Administrators can carry out some management tasks within the Snap Management Utility, saving them the trouble of working with the more complicated controls of the ZFS Storage Appliance itself, according to Oracle. With the utility, they can schedule snapshots, manage retention of those snapshots and annotate them with metadata. The utility also can handle restoring data to a past snapshot.

The new tool also lets users make their own clones in just a few steps, bypassing the task of coordination between storage resources and a database, which can take weeks, the company said.

Users can buy a license for the utility and download it now. Oracle did not immediately provide a price for the software.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags databasesOraclestoragesoftwareapplicationsUtilities

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Stephen Lawson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?