Solid business continuity strategies include Oracle Database in the top recovery tier, as data loss and downtime for these mission-critical databases can be costly and damaging to an organization’s reputation. There are different approaches to disaster recovery. Traditional on-premises to on-premises disaster recovery approaches for Oracle databases require duplication of infrastructure, operating systems (OS), and Oracle Database software, rendering it a highly expensive IT project. In addition to incurring high costs, this approach has another disadvantage: it can replicate only the database itself, but not the other components of the application, which is critical to recovering the entire machine and application state.

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables a more modern approach to protecting your Oracle databases: cloud-based disaster recovery into AWS. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery not only leverages AWS to significantly reduce disaster recovery infrastructure costs, it also enables rapid recovery of your Oracle Database environment and entire machine state by replicating database, application, and system files – meaning that operations continue smoothly with fully functioning workloads. In cases where uninterrupted business continuity is critical, this difference means that you can affordably achieve recovery times of minutes, rather than hours or days.

Features

  • Support of all Oracle databases and applications, including Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft
  • Support of Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM)
  • Block-level, continuous replication
  • Support of geographically remote target AWS Regions
  • Automated machine conversion and application stack orchestration, including recovery order support
  • Quick, non-disruptive installation
  • Support for raw device mapping (RDM) disks
  • Web-based control with centralized management console
  • Automated disaster recovery drills without performance impact
  • Simple failover and failback

Benefits

  • One disaster recovery solution for all Oracle databases, third-party software, and OS
  • Significant savings on disaster recovery TCO
  • RPO of seconds and RTO of minutes
  • Increased reliability and high tolerance for network instability
  • Point-in-time recovery for data corruption or cyber attacks
  • Support of all source infrastructure, including on-premises physical and virtual infrastructure, public clouds, and other AWS Regions
  • Enterprise-grade security

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery architecture

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery reduces disaster recovery costs by maintaining continuous, asynchronous replication into a low-cost staging area located in your target AWS account and preferred Region. This eliminates the need for additional costly appliances or separate operational databases, and reduces your compute, storage, and software licensing footprint to a minimum. In the event of a disaster, use CloudEndure Disaster Recovery to trigger an automated large-scale orchestration and machine conversion process, recovering your Oracle Database environment with recovery point objectives (RPOs) of seconds and recovery time objectives (RTOs) of minutes. You can deploy CloudEndure Disaster Recovery from any physical, virtual, or cloud-based source.

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Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables you to significantly reduce your disaster recovery TCO compared to traditional disaster recovery solutions.

Infrastructure — When using CloudEndure Disaster Recovery, there is no need to pay for duplicate hardware, compute, or networking for a target site. A continuously replicating version of all your data is kept up to date on AWS, utilizing low-cost storage and lightweight compute. The more expensive recovery environment, using high-performance storage and actual compute to run the application, is only used during a disaster or drill. In comparison, application-specific solutions require duplicate hardware, compute, high-performance storage, and networking.

OS & third-party software licenses — In order for most disaster recovery solutions to provide robust recovery of your Oracle databases, you need to purchase duplicate OS, Oracle Database, and third-party software licenses to run your Oracle databases in your standby site. With CloudEndure Disaster Recovery, you don’t need to purchase duplicate OS or third-party software licenses. Your Oracle databases and all other server data are kept in sync a low-cost staging area in your preferred AWS Region that is not running any licensed OS or application. In the event of a disaster or drill, your OS (such as Oracle Linux) can be launched on demand and converted to run natively on AWS, and you only pay for what you use during the disaster period. In other words, you get robust resilience with RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes at the cost of a cold standby solution.

Oracle replication software licenses — Legacy Oracle replication software licenses can be prohibitively expensive for many companies. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery is more cost efficient, and recovers the entire OS, including all of its applications, not just Oracle databases.

Increase reliability

Geographic redundancy — Best practice for disaster recovery is to use a target site that is located in a different geographic region than the source environment. Short distances between source and target sites can be problematic from a regulatory perspective. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables the use of a target site in a remote geographic location while still performing continuous data replication with minimal RPO and RTO. You can implement geographic redundancy between on-premises sites and AWS, across different AWS Regions, and between a different cloud provider and AWS.

High tolerance for network instability — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery is designed to keep data in sync, asynchronously, over long distances, regardless of the database write rates or network conditions. In contrast, legacy database replication products are designed to be used within a data center with low network latencies, and are not designed to replicate data across long distances. If you have a write-intensive system, your tolerance for network interruptions is very low.

Replicate any application from any source infrastructure

Any application — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery replicates and recovers all Oracle databases and applications running on AWS-supported OS. In addition, CloudEndure Disaster Recovery natively supports replication of other applications, including third-party software, legacy applications, homegrown applications, OS, and common applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint. Application-specific disaster recovery solutions only protect Oracle databases, meaning you would need to use a separate replication solution for the rest of your applications, the OS, system state configuration, and files.

Any source — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables equally efficient replication and recovery for all Oracle Database editions running on x86-based Windows and Linux OS versions. This includes Oracle databases running on any physical, virtual, or cloud-based infrastructure.

Block-level replication — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery utilizes block-level replication rather than taking snapshots or writing data to disk. This is what enables data integrity for Oracle databases as well as their OS and surrounding applications.

Perform automated disaster recovery testing

Easy implementation — A strong disaster recovery strategy must include the capability for frequent testing. However, many organizations avoid launching frequent drills due to the overhead needed to do so, or concerns that testing or a failed drill will disrupt their production environment or even cause data loss. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables unlimited, automated disaster recovery testing for all of your Oracle databases, eliminating time-intensive manual processes, such as log shipping, which can take days. Application-specific disaster recovery solutions typically do not provide automated testing.

Non-disruptive testing — You can quickly and easily conduct frequent, non-disruptive drills that launch your Oracle databases and all workloads in your target AWS Region without impacting your source environment. All changes that take place in your source environment during the tests are saved and replicated.

Enable data integrity

Point-in-time recovery – This functionality enables failover to earlier versions of replicated servers, which is particularly important for ransomware attacks or IT environment corruptions where the most current version of system data has been compromised.

Enterprise-grade security – CloudEndure Disaster Recovery is ISO 27001 compliant, and enables the highest level of security standards by using AES 256-bit data encryption both in transit and at rest. Replication traffic is transmitted directly from your source servers to your target AWS Region, and can be restricted to your private networks for better security, speed, and control.

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