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SnapCenter Oracle Plugin versus SnapManager for Oracle

netappmagic

Can somebody please tell me:

 

1.  Can SnapCenter Oracle Plugin do everything SnapManager for Oracle?

2.  What are fundamental differences between these two in terms of concepts or implantation's?

 

Thank you! 

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1. SnapCenter helps you to do data protection and data management of multiple applications / databases from a single GUI interface. 

2. You dont have to install and configure snapdrive and SMO/ SMSQL for each database server for protecting databases.  In SnapCenter ( SC), It automatically pushes the plugin and configures it for you from a central server

3. ROLE Based access control was missing in SMO/SDU which is present in SnapCenter

4. You dont require dedicated oracle database to storage SMO metadata repository details. In SnapCenter, we packaged open-source mysql database to hold the metadata.

5. You cannot group multiple databases as a dataset with a policy for a backup in SMO. In SnapCenter, it is possible via resource groups where you can group any number of databases at a time for backup.

6. Visibility of Backups and clone in your Datacenter - if you have multiple datacenters like DC, NDR or Far DR with different set of storage systems for backups and DR, you can easily protect backups across sites,  spot them and manage backups across your infrastructures via snapcenter using intuitive topology based management.

7. Dashboard, Backup reports, simplified patching and upgradation, RBAC, Job monitoring, triaging, browsing live logs - all in single place

8. Enhanced Scale and performance - There was vol & lun limits with SMO/SDU which is lifted in snapcenter.

9. support for Cloud protection ( cloud volumes ONTAP), Burst to cloud (DEV/ Test). seamlessly protect, manage backups and clone wherever you want in you preferred hyperscalar cloud ( AWS ,Azure, GCP)

10.Multi-tenancy support ( CDB / PDB)  -  From Oracle 21c onwards, there is no support for legacy architecture (non-CDB). SMO doesnt support this new architecture. Only snapcenter can handle this. we support restores at individual PDB level and can clone PLUGGABLE databases (PDB) from one Container database to another.  No storage vendor or backup software can support this today. As per Oracle, you save on licenses as customers move to oracle multi-tenant architecture and snapcenter provides you the best services.

 

11. support for Point-in time restores for tablespaces, pdbs and PDB tablespaces is supported only in snapcenter

11.  you can Configure HA and DR for snapcenter server for load balancing and address DR scenarios.

12.  SnapCenter supports 4 different interfaces - GUI, REST, Linux CLI, Powershell

13. ENhanced Oracle RAC awareness - You can configure backup hosts and seamlessly failover when one node goes down

14. SnapCenter supports Oracle active data guard Backups and clone, third party clustering technologies

 

15.SnapCenter provides enhanced security (IPSEC, SSL Certificates based communication, Sudo based authentication to Linux host, Active Directory integration and many more) which SMO lacked.

 

To summarize, SnapCenter supports all features that was present in SMO and way beyond it. Please talk to your local NDA rep to get you started. 

Here is the snapcenter playlist to checkout various demos of snapcenter. you can see few of my oracle demos out there :

SnapCenter - YouTube

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Ebin_SME_ORACLE

1. SnapCenter helps you to do data protection and data management of multiple applications / databases from a single GUI interface. 

2. You dont have to install and configure snapdrive and SMO/ SMSQL for each database server for protecting databases.  In SnapCenter ( SC), It automatically pushes the plugin and configures it for you from a central server

3. ROLE Based access control was missing in SMO/SDU which is present in SnapCenter

4. You dont require dedicated oracle database to storage SMO metadata repository details. In SnapCenter, we packaged open-source mysql database to hold the metadata.

5. You cannot group multiple databases as a dataset with a policy for a backup in SMO. In SnapCenter, it is possible via resource groups where you can group any number of databases at a time for backup.

6. Visibility of Backups and clone in your Datacenter - if you have multiple datacenters like DC, NDR or Far DR with different set of storage systems for backups and DR, you can easily protect backups across sites,  spot them and manage backups across your infrastructures via snapcenter using intuitive topology based management.

7. Dashboard, Backup reports, simplified patching and upgradation, RBAC, Job monitoring, triaging, browsing live logs - all in single place

8. Enhanced Scale and performance - There was vol & lun limits with SMO/SDU which is lifted in snapcenter.

9. support for Cloud protection ( cloud volumes ONTAP), Burst to cloud (DEV/ Test). seamlessly protect, manage backups and clone wherever you want in you preferred hyperscalar cloud ( AWS ,Azure, GCP)

10.Multi-tenancy support ( CDB / PDB)  -  From Oracle 21c onwards, there is no support for legacy architecture (non-CDB). SMO doesnt support this new architecture. Only snapcenter can handle this. we support restores at individual PDB level and can clone PLUGGABLE databases (PDB) from one Container database to another.  No storage vendor or backup software can support this today. As per Oracle, you save on licenses as customers move to oracle multi-tenant architecture and snapcenter provides you the best services.

 

11. support for Point-in time restores for tablespaces, pdbs and PDB tablespaces is supported only in snapcenter

11.  you can Configure HA and DR for snapcenter server for load balancing and address DR scenarios.

12.  SnapCenter supports 4 different interfaces - GUI, REST, Linux CLI, Powershell

13. ENhanced Oracle RAC awareness - You can configure backup hosts and seamlessly failover when one node goes down

14. SnapCenter supports Oracle active data guard Backups and clone, third party clustering technologies

 

15.SnapCenter provides enhanced security (IPSEC, SSL Certificates based communication, Sudo based authentication to Linux host, Active Directory integration and many more) which SMO lacked.

 

To summarize, SnapCenter supports all features that was present in SMO and way beyond it. Please talk to your local NDA rep to get you started. 

Here is the snapcenter playlist to checkout various demos of snapcenter. you can see few of my oracle demos out there :

SnapCenter - YouTube

Thank you for detailed answers!

 

Since you sound so familiar with these, I have one more specific question:

If I wanted to for instance put Oracle into a backup mode first, does SnapCenter provide such commands for me? Or I have to use bash or something like python to achieve that? Does SnapCenter provide the interface to bash or pyton?

What about Snap Creator, does Snap Creator have such commands to achieve that?

You don't have to write scripts separately for enabling backup mode as snapcenter  does it for you ( built-in as part of  Backup workflow).

SnapCenter offers 3 other interfaces apart from GUI -  Linux, powershell commandlets and REST.  

Here is the link for linux commandlets of snapcenter.   you can use wrapper scripts of your choice and leverage these commandlets to automate the overall workflow. There are also options to pass pre and post scripts in your Backup, restore and clone workflows too.

https://library.netapp.com/ecm/ecm_download_file/ECMLP2877144

 

Here is the snapcenter resource page that has best practices & admin docs

SnapCenter Software Resources | NetApp Documentation

 

This is my Technical report TR 4700 covering  best practices for snapcenter plugin for oracle

SnapCenter Plug-In for Oracle Database Best Practices | NetApp

 

SnapCreator-  we have equivalent for it in snapcenter and it is named as snapcenter custom plugin creator.  you can build our own plugin with the help of our documentation and any of our reference plugin that are uploaded in automation store.. Please refer the snapcenter resource page ( link shared above) for documentation. 

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