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Database administration services to keep pace with growth and eliminate performance issues

 

Most organizations will re-asses their database structure from time to time, and this re-evaluation can be the result of several factors including:​

If this describes an exercise your organization is either undertaking right now or considering, AOT is ideally positioned to help you manage your database efficiently while significantly reducing cost.

Our database administration (DBA) services can help you cost-effectively manage your Oracle applications or technology solutions while enjoying the full functionality and reliability of an in-house DBA.

We can help you leverage a team of expert Oracle DBAs, and all for a predictable, fixed monthly fee.

AOT provides you with a straightforward and secure route to outsourcing your database administration and development needs, or, alternatively strengthening your existing DBA staff.

Your organization will benefit from the most experienced and educated certified DBAs 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

AOT can also assist you with product development and you will benefit from our expertise in SQL as we help you with database design. We can design a database for your specific requirements or provide inspection reviews of your SQL before release to ensure you avoid performance and contention issues in the future.

These are just a few of the areas in which AOT can partner with you to mitigate the challenges you face with your organization’s database administration and development efforts.

 
 

Best practices and standards

Our operational infrastructure is excellent and includes best practices, standards, and procedures implemented by experienced Oracle and ITIL certified service managers. We employ sophisticated software for system monitoring and reporting, escalation notification, issue tracking, and change management - all accessible via an internet portal accessible by our customers.

Here are some examples of the Oracle remote DBA services we can offer you:

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So, why not let the experts at AOT guide you and recommend the solution that’s right for your organization? We provide expert services, lowest pricing, and support that maximizes your Oracle database investment.

Our database migration services in more detail

Our experienced, professional consultants can help you in all of the following areas critical to a successful database migration:

Risk assessment
  • OS readiness assessment.
  • Verifying the compatibility of the operating system and patches with the version of database server to be used.
  • Verifying the resources required for the database server.
Database readiness assessment
  • Verifying the compatibility of the database in the new environment.
  • Performance considerations.
  • Identifying potential migration issues and special cases where major rework may be required.

Our database migration services include database upgrade and migration in a multi-platform, multi-version environment.

 

Database migration activities and deliverables

We include the following activities and deliverables in our database migration service:

Key database migration highlights

Retaining AOT for your database migration project means reduced downtime for your organization during your platform migration and consolidation.

We support multi-platform and multi-version database migrations and provide full fail-back capability.

When you partner with AOT, you can be confident our enviable reputation and track record guarantees a low risk, low impact database migration for your organization.

 

AOT’s disaster recovery solutions enhance your organization’s competitive edge

In today’s challenging business environment, fast access to information represents an advantage that translates into a real competitive edge. Protecting, recovering, and ensuring availability of your organization’s information resources in the event of a disaster is critical. Customers demand up-to-date product and service information; employees require access to business-critical data, and regulatory agencies mandate the amount of time some businesses are required to get back online. If a disaster occurs, customers simply cannot afford to have their business-critical systems down.

AOT and our partners co-develop and co-deliver solutions to help satisfy your organization’s needs across a wide variety of IT environments

As a result of our strategic alliances with hardware and software providers, we can help you address and overcome business continuity challenges. We’ve developed a complete range of pre-bundled disaster recovery solutions spanning best-of-breed technology, coupled them with our people and processes and tailored them to meet your needs.

At AOT we help you meet your business continuity demands, cost-effectively and within budget.

We have three levels of disaster recovery solutions, so there’s sure to be a package that covers your organization’s specific DR needs.

DR Managed Services - Gold

Our DR Gold Service provides dedicated hot-standby servers hosted at our data center.

Data is synchronized periodically between your production system(s) and DR designated hot-standby server(s) on a replication schedule determined by your recovery target and network environment. Depending on your network environment and data replication schedule, you can engineer anywhere from a 15-minute to a 12-hour recovery period.

Data replication can be provided through replication software, Storage Area Network (SAN) replication, data switch replication, or many other forms of data replication. AOT will outline data replication options and costs upon the completion of an initial assessment of your requirements.

DR Managed Services - Silver

Our DR Silver Service provides dedicated servers pre-installed and implemented according to your specifications, hosted at AOT data center(s) on a warm stand-by basis.

In the event a disaster is declared your backup tapes, containing the most current copy of your applications and data, would be delivered to your DR designated data center to be restored on your dedicated servers to the point in time of the latest full or incremental backup. Your network and/or its users would be cut over to your DR network to access the AOT data center hosted server(s).

Data replication can be provided through replication software, Storage Area Network (SAN) replication, data switch replication, or many other forms of data replication. AOT will outline data replication options and costs upon the completion of an initial assessment of your requirements.

DR Managed Services - Bronze

Our DR Bronze Service provides you with compatible servers guaranteed to be available at AOT data center(s) the next business day following the declaration of a disaster.

AOT will install and implement the servers to your specifications upon your DR activation. Your backup tapes containing the most current copy of your applications and data would then be delivered to your DR designated data center to be restored to the point in time of the latest full or incremental backup.

Your network and/or its users would be cut over to the AOT data center’s network to access the AOT data center hosted server(s).

 

Key features of AOT’s disaster recovery solutions

Implementation services – how we work closely with you

Our professional services team work with you to develop a customized DR solution that mirrors your business objectives.

AOT’s experienced consultants review your existing IT environment, security policies and business impact analysis document to create detailed requirement specifications. Based on this review, we document how AOT will design and configure your disaster recovery solution and develop the recovery process and business continuity plans (BCP).

This documentation includes plans for implementation and configuration of the entire solution.

Once implementation is complete, our consultants will conduct performance and validation testing to ensure that the IT disaster recovery process (ITDRP) conforms to the documented design.

AOT then provides the disaster recovery solution overview and skills transfer to your systems administrators or operators.

Additionally, we provide you with an operational run book describing basic operating procedures and the complete recovery and fallback procedure from various perspectives - business stakeholders, IT management systems engineers, and business users.

DR activities and deliverables in more detail

We begin the process with a project kickoff and pre-planning meeting to establish the goals of the project and schedules for implementation.

Here is a breakdown of the typical deliverables that make up an AOT disaster recovery solution:

 

Oracle RAC

A cluster comprises multiple interconnected computers or servers that appear as if they are one server to end users and applications. Oracle RAC enables you to cluster Oracle databases. Oracle RAC uses Oracle Clusterware for the infrastructure to bind multiple servers so they operate as a single system.

 

Oracle Clusterware is a portable cluster management solution that is integrated with Oracle Database. Oracle Clusterware is also a required component for using Oracle RAC. Besides, Oracle Clusterware enables both single-instance Oracle databases and Oracle RAC databases to use the Oracle high-availability infrastructure. Oracle Clusterware enables you to create a clustered pool of storage to be used by any combination of single-instance and Oracle RAC databases.

Oracle Clusterware is the only clusterware that you need for most platforms on which Oracle RAC operates. You can also use clusterware from other vendors if the clusterware is certified for Oracle RAC.

In addition to the Oracle GoldenGate core platform for real-time data movement, Oracle provides the Management Pack for Oracle GoldenGate—a visual management and monitoring solution for Oracle GoldenGate deployments—as well as Oracle GoldenGate Veridata, which allows high-speed, high-volume comparison between two in-use databases.

Oracle Extended RAC

Oracle Database with Oracle RAC architecture is designed primarily as a scalability and availability solution that resides in a single data center. It is possible however, under certain circumstances, to build and deploy an Oracle RAC system where the nodes in the cluster are separated by up to 100 kilometers, to share the same RAC database with multiple RAC instances spread across two sites. This architecture is referred to as an Extended RAC or Metro cluster. We can consider this database architecture as an extension of Availability level 3.

The advantages of using Oracle RAC on extended clusters include:

An Oracle RAC Extended cluster is an architecture that provides extremely fast recovery from a site failure and allows for all nodes, at all sites, to actively process transactions as part of single database cluster. When two data centers are located relatively close to each other (Campus Cluster), extended clusters can provide great protection for some disasters, but not all. Fire, flooding, and site power failure are just a few examples of limited geographic disasters that can fail in an entire data center.

 

Oracle GoldenGate Configuration

Oracle GoldenGate is a comprehensive software package for real-time data integration and replication in heterogeneous IT environments.

 

The product set enables high availability solutions, real-time data integration, transactional change data capture, data replication, transformations, and verification between operational and analytical enterprise systems.

Oracle GoldenGate 12c brings extreme performance with simplified configuration and management, tighter integration with Oracle Database, support for cloud environments, expanded heterogeneity, and enhanced security.

In addition to the Oracle GoldenGate core platform for real-time data movement, Oracle provides the Management Pack for Oracle GoldenGate—a visual management and monitoring solution for Oracle GoldenGate deployments—as well as Oracle GoldenGate Veridata, which allows high-speed, high-volume comparison between two in-use databases.


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