About Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service

Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service is a secure, scalable, on-demand storage solution for backing up Oracle databases to Oracle Cloud. The service complements your existing backup strategy by providing an off-site storage location in the public cloud.

To use Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service you’ll subscribe to the service, install the Oracle Database Cloud Backup Module, and configure your environment to send backups to the cloud. You can then use familiar Recovery Manager (RMAN) commands to perform backup, restore, recovery, and maintenance operations. You can also use other tools for your cloud backups. See Management Interfaces for Cloud Backups.

With Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service, cloud backups are always accessible over the Internet and are immediately available for recovery when needed. Data is replicated across multiple storage nodes, which protects against hardware failure and data corruption.

Additionally, Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service supports two Oracle Database optimizations:

  • RMAN backup encryption

    Using RMAN encryption, your data is encrypted at the source, securely transmitted to the cloud, and securely stored in the cloud. The keys are kept at your site, not in the cloud.

  • All RMAN backup compression algorithms

    Using RMAN backup compression, you can conserve bandwidth and improve performance by reducing the size of backups before they’re sent to the cloud for storage.

For licensing information about these optimizations, see Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service in Oracle Database Licensing Information User Manual.

Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service is used to store Oracle Database backups only. To store other types of data, use Oracle Storage Cloud Service. See About Oracle Storage Cloud Service in Using Oracle Storage Cloud Service.

Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service can also be used to back up and restore Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service deployments.

For instances created using the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Virtual Image service level, download the Oracle Database Cloud Backup Module and perform tasks as described in this document.

For Database Cloud Service (non-Virtual Image) and Exadata Cloud Service instances, instance images come with the backup module already installed, so you don't need to install the module, configure RMAN, and so on. For information about backup and recovery in this case, see Backing Up and Restoring Databases on Database Cloud Service in Using Oracle Database Cloud Service. For information about billing, see relevant details in How to Begin with Database Cloud Service Subscriptions in Using Oracle Database Cloud Service. For Exadata Cloud Service, see Backing Up and Restoring Databases on Exadata Cloud Service in Using Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service.