Database backups still form the back bone of every IT Disaster Recovery plan, but are they redundant in the Cloud world we live in today? Well, the simple fact is that they are the most reliable mechanism, regardless of database technology, by which a “point in time restore” function can be enabled for your data. Critical for virtually all business applications.
Having run “point” in the recovery of several customer disaster situations, one experience that sticks out was when a Finance team ran the monthly payroll process twice in quick succession. A potential moment of joy for all employees (party!), but a potential financial and employee-PR nightmare to the large corporate it related to if they couldn’t recover the situation. The ability to quickly restore the system to a specific “point in time” preceding the second payroll run was essential. Fortunately, very few people knew of the incident and I didn’t get any hate mail after the recovery.
And yet, while backups are essential to a company’s DR capability, for some reason they are treated like the poor man of the DR world with businesses almost reluctantly backing up their databases without any real thought as to the benefits. It almost seems like a tick a box exercise.
Historically it was expensive to run a full proof backup strategy across an enterprise. Simply the cost of tapes alone could be a small fortune. Add in tape library robots, backup software, off site storage costs; it all mounted up. This was all topped by the hassle factor and time to recover information from tape. We all hate paying for insurance; why pay for insurance when I never need to use it right? Why pay for backups when we never use them right?
But a lot has changed over the last 10 years and that has especially become true over the last 3 years as Cloud has become a dominant strategy for CXOs looking to prove to shareholders and customers alike that their data is safe.
So here are my reasons for encouraging people to consider a Cloud based backup solution within Oracle Cloud:
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