Re: Long-Term Archiving
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 21:51:28 -0600
It gets worse. You can consider XML as a more universal format.
This is a relational database, and unless you preserve the relations, you
don't have much.
Unless you have the application to display the data, your interpretation of the data is prone to error and misinterpretation.
Imagine a General Ledger program. Trying to make financial interpretations based solely on the raw values in the database tables might yield misinterpretations.
On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 3:25 PM, Uwe Küchler <uwe_at_kuechler.org> wrote:
> Hello fellowship of the Oracle,
> due to not so recent changes in
> European and German law, many companies, particularly in the financial
> sector, have the need to archive critical data over a long period, like 6
> to 10 years.
> BUT - simply using RMan or Export doesn't always suit
> the requirement to be able to restore data after several years.
> think about an RMan Backup of a 9i DB that you need to restore in 10 years
> - we're probably at Oracle 16 or whatever, then and you probably won't be
> able to restore your old data to this new version. Keeping a copy of the
> old Oracle binaries is not the best option, either; maybe you won't have
> the appropriate OS version or hardware handy, then.
> So I'd like
> to ask the community what kind of solutions you recommend to your
> customers / managers, when they ask you: "How can we retrieve our
> data after 10 years if there is a tax audit?"
> I've heard,
> but haven't found a reliable pointer yet, that Oracle will support
> backward compatibility of the export dump format throughout the next
> versions. In this case, a regular snapshot of data by exporting it might
> be an idea. What are your thoughts on that?
> Best regards from