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Clonetab RAC To RAC cloning of Oracle Databases

Automation of RAC target instance refresh & related tasks, securely

Clonetab RAC to RAC database cloning module can clone source Oracle RAC database instances to target RAC Oracle database instances with full automation. Normal shell scripts created for performing refreshes may leave sensitive passwords in flat files. Also they may not have audit trail to track who is doing refreshes and for what purpose. The support of these scripts becomes difficult especially when person who created scripts leaves organization. Using Clonetab for refreshes eliminates these issues. Clonetab base module can clone RAC or Non RAC source instance to non RAC target instance. In case of RAC source to RAC target instance cloning you may consider our RAC-to-RAC cloning module

Automate: The features like pre, post, random scripts, target instance retention options like db links and so on allow user to automate most of the refresh steps. All these steps are one time setups. So the tasks can be scheduled and same options are applied to refreshes every time.

Customize your refreshes: The custom scripts option facilitates adding subtasks to meet enterprise custom cloning needs. One good example for this is, when customer is having their own storage which is not supported by Clonetab, they insert their own shell script to automate data replication part. This helps to achieve end-to-end automation even though customer uses a different storage.

No more misses and Mistakes: Always same consistent high quality refreshes by eliminating manual work. All this after the one time addition of refresh options and custom scripts.

Implementation Modes: Clonetab appliance for cloning/refresh of Oracle RAC database is available in four forms (1) as a virtual software appliance wherein the Clonetab provided ovf template can be imported in to VMWare or similar virtualization environments, as a virtual machine, which usually takes less than 20 minutes for bringing up the Clonetab server (2) Installer version for installation on to Linux servers (OEL or RHEL) meeting pre-reqs (3) Linux Hardware Appliance - pre installed and configured on a physical Linux server or (4) Solaris Hardware Appliance - pre installed and configured on physical Solaris server, usually Fujitsu M-10 server sold by Oracle. Customers may download the software and install it on a physical or virtual machine with Oracle Enterprise Linux or Redhat Enterprise Linux operating systems. More information is available in Clonetab installation and implementation guides.

What versions of Oracle Database are supported: The RAC TO RAC module for Oracle database cloning appliance supports databases on Oracle 10g, 11g or 12c on Oracle Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition or Standard Edition One, per the Oracle's certification matrix. Our development teams would be glad to customize our solutions to meet customer requirements on older versions as well.

What Operating Systems are supported: The Oracle RAC Database versions installed on most Linux/Unix platforms including but not limited to OEL, RHEL, AIX, Solaris (Sparc/Intel), HP-UX, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) are supported by Clonetab cloning appliance for Oracle databases. Currently Clonetab RAC To RAC Cloning Module does not support Oracle databases on Microsoft Windows platforms.

What sources can base module use for cloning targets: The base cloning module can clone from (1) live production or similar source instance using from active database option (2) RMAN backup on a tape or disk (3) Oracle Dataguard. Our customers may obtain additional cloning options when they purchase addon licenses for CTClone, Custom Scripts, Solutions for ZFS appliances, plugin for Delphix, plugin for NetApp storage, custom cloning solutions invoking native storage based snapshots for their existing storage.

Support for ASM Clonetab supports ASM file systems.

Support for Engineered Systems: Clonetab supports Exadata and Exalogic systems. Please refer to appropriate section under Products menu on this portal.

What are the Pre-Reqs: Server to which the Oracle database target instance has to be cloned on to must have the same operating system and OS patches as source and must meet the Oracle recommendations as to OS/patches for creating Oracle database instances. The grid infrastructure must be pre-installed and be up and running on the target servers. Except when using with New Instance Creation (NIC) module, both the source and target instances must be up and running and must be fully functional. More information is available in Clonetab RAC To RAC cloning module implementation guide.

How long does it take to clone target instance from a given source: When used with Clonetab CTClone module, for release 10g, 11g or 12c of Oracle database most customers can complete their end-to-end cloning in less than an hour. When used with the base module, although clone is done in a silent mode, it may take longer when compared with CTClone and the amount of time taken depends on the database size, storage/network throughput and host of other environment related factors. The time estimates does not include time consumed by custom scripts. Some environments may require longer time to clone.

Is there a Database Virtualization Solution from Clonetab: Clonetab offers CTClone - our database virtualization solution, which offers several advantages over base module, including but not limited to high-speed cloning, virtualization based on snapshot cloning which drastically reduces storage utilization and so on. Please refer to CTClone section under products on this portal.

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