Re: RMAN Compression experiences

From: Robert Freeman <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:08:12 -0800 (PST)
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You are spot on about additional CPU costs, but frankly it does not seem to be onerous from what I've seen. The overall reduction in IO often is more than worth the additional CPU costs.


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  • Original Message ---- From: Jared Still <> To: Cc:; Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 1:39:56 PM Subject: Re: RMAN Compression experiences

Take a look at the CPU utilization levels before and during the backup.

If your CPU usage is fairly low, then the backups may go faster than before.

If the CPU usage is already fairly high (such as a 24x7 database) then backup

could very well take longer, and response time of the users could suffer quite a bit.

There are cases too where you might want to reduce the number of channels if doing compressed backups.

If the database is being backed up directly to tape, adding compression to

the mix may slow down data sent to tape so much that the tape stops streaming.

Stopping and starting tapes in the middle of a backup is something you usually want to avoid.


On Jan 15, 2008 10:03 AM, Allen, Brandon <> wrote:

My only negative experience with it so far was that the restores took twice as long. This timing was pretty consistent through testing it about 5 times. This was with Oracle, AIX 5.3 and Netbackup 6.0. My backups were consistently faster and much smaller so that's great, but with the restores taking twice as long we decided it wasn't acceptable for our production database, but it's great for test & dev.  



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