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Integrating HP Data Protector with Oracle

Oracle Database Tips by Burleson Consulting

September 21, 2015

Question:  I want to use HP Data Protector (Omniback) with Oracle RMAN and Data Guard. 

How do I integrate Oracle RMAN with HP Data Protector?  

My goal is to make RMAN backups via HP Data Protector and then create an automated standby database disaster recovery and high-availability solution (similar to data guard) using HP Data Protector via MML. 

How does Oracle interface with HP Data Protector?

Answer:  :  The HP Data Protector (formerly Omniback) is a hardware-based recovery solution by HP, and it is fully integrated with RMAN via the media management library (MML).

The HP Data Protector can be tightly coupled and fully integrated into Oracle's RMAN backup utility.  

Oracle communicates to the HP Data Protector via the Data Protector Oracle integration Media Management Library (MML).

The MML is a set of routines that allows the reading and writing of Oracle file data to the HP General Media Agents, a part of HP Data Protector.

Besides handling direct interaction with the media devices, HP Data Protector provides scheduling, media management, network backups, monitoring and interactive backup.

 Using the Data Protector Oracle MML you can perform all RMAN full and incremental backups.

To test MML, you use the sbtest utility. The sbtest utility does not perform an actual backup but tries to communicate with the media management software to see if it is working properly or not.

See the Enterprise Backup Solution with HP Data Protector Implementation manual for details and see the HP OpenView Storage Data Protector Integration Guide for install and configuration details.  

As to interfacing HP OpenView Data Protector with Oracle Data Guard, the HP documentation for v6 notes that the Data Protector requirement for unique Oracle database identifiers (DBIDs) within a cell is a general requirement and not applicable only to Oracle Data Guard.

 
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