Cloud Backup Service pitfall for SE

(c) Oracle
(c) Oracle

Backup Cloud Service – Standard Edition proof?

New updates below 9.9.2016

I did some googling, and found this document “Using Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service“. In the beginning of the document it states:

use RMAN parallelism and compression??
use RMAN parallelism and compression??

“…Use RMAN parallelism and compression…”

To my understanding, the On-prem Standard Edition database have no license model allowing the DBA to use parallelism or compression, so after looking at the above document, I’m asking my self, has there been a change in the Cloud? Can a Standard Edition Cloud database use parallelism and/or compression for free?

Answer from Oracle License Specialist 11.8.2016:

“Standard Edition has the same rules in the Cloud as in On-Prem. So You may not use the parallelism and compression features”

Thanks Oracle for the clarification, and lets remember the golden rule – remember to be careful before starting to do things if your environment includes a Standard Edition database.

Below is the “Special-Use Licensing” part from the 12c License document:

available in Oracle Advanced Security Option
available in Oracle Advanced Security Option

IMHO: The information between these two different documents provided by Oracle is misleading.

To my understanding we are not able to follow this “Best Practice ….” document advice if we have a Standard Edition Cloud database.

Can we find a document like this?

“Standard Edition Howto with Cloud Backup Service” 

Update per 9th Sept 2016  – start:

i was speaking about SE at a DOUG meeting in Denmark at the end of August 2016, were we had a great time talking and exchanging thoughts about SE related stuff. We had a great interactive session during my 90 minutes talk!

Thanks to Lars Bo V, and Peter G, I learned new things about the Cloud Backup Service that need to be added to this post.

Oracle Database Backup Service – FAQ (Doc ID 1640149.1) answer the question:

Can I backup Oracle Database Standard Edition databases to Cloud Service?”

The answer is yes, but there are some restrictions and requirements that need to be fulfilled.

“Please note that all the backup related restrictions – such as single channel etc. still applies to the standard edition. “

As the Oracle License Specialist referred to earlier in this article.

According to the Edition document this feature is free of charge, and available for SE/SE1/SE2 databases:

free option
free option

The good news is that Yes you can backup to the cloud, and the costs might not even be too expensive,  so I suggest you look in to it.

Update per 9th Sept 2016  – end

Take care, stay well and enjoy the opportunities in the Cloud

Helsinki, 11.8.2016

–Ann

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