Linux can do hot backups on Oracle now

January 6, 2003

[From The Register]

Data backups are essential in the enterprise - not just a good idea. STORserver has an interesting backup appliance that installs in fifteen minutes, they say. Now, they're releasing a product that will allow companies to run "hot" backups on Oracle databases, in Linux. It is called SDP - STORserver Data Protection.

STORserver's flagship product is a piece of hardware they call an appliance. It's an all-in-one outfit that includes all hardware, software, and connectivity needed. It runs Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), and STORserver says it is possible to backup terabytes worth of information with one of these.

Now, STORserver is releasing a software product that allows the appliance to run on Linux systems that need to back up Oracle databases.

STORserver has a special partner relationship with Oracle which allowed them to manipulate Oracle code. "Our key was that we wanted to go into the Unix market and some of the obscure operating systems where there is still money to be made," says Miller. "We developed these portable libraries that allow us to rapidly deploy to other OSes. We made that conscious decision from the beginning."

The STORserver appliance is pricey - tens of thousands of dollars - but if you're running Oracle you're used to that.

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