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Ability to backup/clone a database across the network (redirected restore)(RIMS)
Verizon needs the capability to issue a set write suspend IO command on database. Get the data to another instance at another location and bring it up. Informix has this ability and Verizon likes it. This is called a redirected restore. Verizon's databases are too large to be able to backed up and restored in a tradional manner in a timely manner. Note from customer: Jill and/or Colin, This has become very hot lately! Is there any way, either via DB2 native commands, or using Netbackup to do a backup of a source system and restore it to a target system without actually storing the output on disk or tape (Informix redirected restore)? I know we can do a backup of a remote DB to a filesystem on that remote system, or backup to an NFS mounted filesystem, but in both those cases, there's a backup file that is created, and in the case of the remote DB backup, you still need to ftp the image to the destination server. Also, I know you can backup/restore to/from a named pipe, but the reader/writer operations have to be on the same local server, and the restore process has to be kicked off before the backup process (how useful is that?). The business problem, is that it takes too long to recreate an HADR environment and there's a need for additional disk to support large DB backup images, after actually declaring a DR. We had a situation last week where we were within minutes of declaring DR on IVAPP North production, due to a System Administrator opps. The only thing that prevented us from declaring DR was the amount of time and effort it would have taken to 'rebuild' the old primary once it was available (at least 1 week). Being without DR for that long is not acceptable. We had put a formal request in for DB2 providing the equivalent functionality as Informix's redirected restore, what is the status of that request? Another note: During conversations with one of our Informix DBA managers this morning, Tommie Stroup, he indicated that Informix supports an operation called Redirected Restore that provides capabilities that we find very useful in that environment. Essentially, this operation allows the restoration, or even an initial materialization, of a Cold Backup taken at a primary site to be delivered over the network to a secondary, geographically diverse site, for purposes of restoration. He has found this feature extremely useful for a number of purposes, which does not require sending tapes or other media to the secondary location.
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