by Pure Storage
Authored on: Jun 19, 2014
Anywhere there is a database, there will eventually be a need to make a copy, or clone of it. For example, a copy of the production database may be cloned for development testing, or reporting, or simply for backup. Or a QA environment may need to restore an environment to specific point in time to perform testing. The cloning process is generally tedious, time consuming, and subject to errors.
The Pure Storage FlashArray comes with a snapshotting capability that users can leverage for a variety of purposes, including cloning databases quickly and easily. This document describes the database cloning procedure for Oracle databases running on Linux, using both Automatic Storage Management (ASM) and file system based data files.