// Oracle Database and Data Protection Survey Results

Date: 01/27/2014

Contributors: Peter Auditore


The objective of this survey was to provide an accurate and consistent assessment of current enterprise database management practices, solutions and tools in use, and the important challenges facing database administrators and their organizations. The majority of the data trended early and was consistent with a preliminary analysis that was conducted before the survey was completed. Respondents from a wide range of industries participated in this research with a good distribution of small, medium, and large businesses.

Key Finding Include:

A day in the life of the Oracle database administrator regularly involves: backing up approximately 20 databases, (although many enterprises have hundreds) and managing up to 200 terabytes (TB) of data, in a combination of full, daily incremental to disk, daily full to disk and incrementally to disk or tape. Administrators are challenged by a highly complex database management infrastructure that includes onsite and offsite backups to tap, disk and storage appliances.

Major challenges also include: managing increasing data volumes, lack of funding, data governance, database protection, performance, and network bandwidth, in addition to hard-to-use and complex testing tools. Although most organizations have a formal strategy in place for database management, and back up their databases daily, few organizations regularly test all backups, and/or employ HA technologies.

ORACLE DATABASE AND DATA PROTECTION SURVEY was produced by Unisphere Research and sponsored by Oracle.