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Oracle® Secure Backup Licensing Information
Release 10.4

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1 Oracle Secure Backup Product Family

This chapter describes the two Oracle Secure Backup tape management editions along with feature availability and the Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module.

This chapter contains these sections:

Introducing the Oracle Secure Backup Product Family

Oracle Secure Backup is a centralized tape backup management solution providing high performance, heterogeneous data protection in distributed UNIX, Linux, Windows, and Network Attached Storage (NAS) environments. Protecting file-system and Oracle Database data, Oracle Secure Backup provides a complete tape backup solution for your IT environment. In addition to tape backup, Oracle Secure Backup delivers an integrated Oracle Database backup to third-party cloud (Internet) storage, through the Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module.

Oracle Secure Backup offers two tape management editions, each suitable for different development and deployment scenarios:

The Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module provides Oracle Database backup to cloud storage using Recovery Manager (RMAN) and is independent of the Oracle Secure Backup tape management editions. The Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module can be used as a complement or replacement for the Oracle Secure Backup tape management solution or other third-party media-management products.

Feature Availability by Tape Management Edition

Table 1-1 lists the features available in Oracle Secure Backup and Oracle Secure Backup Express. This table explains the differences between Oracle Secure Backup and Oracle Secure Backup Express and helps you to determine which deployment is best for your business.

Table 1-1 Feature Availability of Oracle Secure Backup and Oracle Secure Backup Express

Feature Oracle Secure Backup Express Oracle Secure Backup

Integrated with RMAN for online tape backup and restore of Oracle Database

Yes

Yes

Backup and restore of non-database file-system data

Yes

Yes

Integrated with Oracle Enterprise Manager starting with Oracle Database 10g Release 2

Yes

Yes

Backup of Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) environments

No

Yes

Integrated with Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control starting with Oracle Database 10g Release 2

No

Yes

Multiple tape drive usage within the backup environment

No

Yes

Fibre attached device support

No

Yes

Backup encryption to tape

No

Yes

RMAN advanced backup compression levels

No

Yes

ACSLS support

No

Yes

Vaulting support (automates rotation of tapes between multiple locations)

No

Yes

Networked backup of distributed servers and/or tape devices

No

Yes


Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module

The Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module delivers Oracle RMAN integration with Amazon S3 using an SBT library specific to Amazon S3. Initially, the Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module has been qualified with Amazon S3 and might be expanded to other cloud storage vendors in the future.

The Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module is licensed for each RMAN channel simultaneously used by the backup domain to an Amazon S3 destination. An Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module license can be shared among multiple Oracle Database backups, as long as the number of RMAN channels for backup to the cloud does not exceed the number of Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module licenses. For example, if one environment has 12 Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module licenses, then 3 Oracle Database backups could each use 4 RMAN channels simultaneously or 1 Oracle Database backup could use all 12 RMAN channels at one time as long as no other RMAN channels were being used.

Cloud storage costs associated with Oracle Database backups are set by Amazon S3 and are independent of Oracle. An Amazon S3 user account must be established before performing Oracle RMAN backups directly to Amazon S3 using the Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module.

Note:

The Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module is not available with Oracle Secure Backup Express edition.

Special-Use Licensing

The Oracle Database Enterprise Edition (EE) offers licensed options for some advanced database management technologies. Oracle Secure Backup includes use of two optimizations at no additional cost. These optimizations are normally available only with the purchase of the Oracle Advanced Security Option or the Oracle Advanced Compression Option. This Oracle Secure Backup special-use licensing includes:

The Oracle Secure Backup special-use licenses apply to RMAN backup encryption, which is a component of the Oracle Advanced Security Option, and RMAN backup compression levels, which are components of the Oracle Advanced Compression Option. To use additional features of the Oracle Advanced Security Option or the Oracle Advanced Compression Option, you must license those options separately. In addition, the Oracle Advanced Security Option must be licensed when performing RMAN encrypted backups directly to disk (not cloud), whether or not Oracle Secure Backup is the media manager.

While Oracle Secure Backup supports all editions of Oracle Database, special-use licensing is only available when backing up an Oracle Database Enterprise Edition.

Note:

Oracle Secure Backup release 10.4 provides the ability to encrypt Oracle9i forward and file-system backups.

Packaging and Support

Oracle Secure Backup Express is bundled with the Oracle Database. Support for Oracle Secure Backup Express is provided exclusively through a free Oracle Discussion Forum monitored by Oracle employees as well as community experts.

Updates and technical support are provided only to customers who maintain technical support services for their Oracle licenses in accordance with Oracle's Technical Support Policies. Oracle Secure Backup is a separately licensed product and is supported in accordance with Oracle's Technical Support Policies.