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Oracle Database Cloning with Actifio – How It Works


Hello. I’m Jay from Actifio. I’m going to talk about how Actifio works for Oracle database cloning. Traditional approaches to database cloning are typically slow, expensive, and require a lot of DBA and admin time. Therefore, corners are cut, resulting in poor quality, long application development life cycles, and lost revenue opportunities. Actifio solves these challenges by reusing backup copies to create virtual full clones that can be mounted instantly without much storage overhead. Here’s how it works.

First, we captured application consistent, point in time, incremental for every copy of the Oracle database using patented Actifio technology that leverages native Oracle RMAN commands. Now that we have that copy, developers and testers can log into a self-service portal with their own credentials to initiate the cloning process.

To clone an Oracle database, the user triggers an Actifio workflow that will automatically present a thin clone on demand to any server for instant access. As an optional step, the workflow can trigger external tools to modify the Oracle clone to ensure information compliance, things like sub-setting or masking. Once the Oracle clone is presented by the connector to the target server, the connector will mount the disk volume containing the clone. The connector will then bring the database online using native Oracle functionality, and developers and testers will have a complete read-write enabled virtual full Oracle database ready to use in their application development process.

Now because these are virtual full copies, developers and testers can mount multiple re-writable Oracle database copies simultaneously, while only using megabytes instead of terabytes of space, which results in faster application development and improved quality with much lower TCO. Plus the organization has an established CICD process using tools like Ansible, Puppet, Chef or others. Actifio integrates with these tools to present database clones as part of the process for their enabling automation as part of cloning. Best of all, this can be done on premises, in any public Cloud or in a hybrid cloud. So if you want automated, self-service cloning for Oracle databases with minimal storage overhead, request a free demo at


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