New Features in Service Pack 9
Features and enhancements in this service pack are listed here, with a link to full documentation for the feature.
For your convenience, the new feature list for Service Pack 9 is also available in a newsletter, New Features in Service Pack 9.
For information about other new features, see Additional New Features.
Note: If you are upgrading from a previous release or service pack, also review the following pages:
Oracle E-Business Suite Migration - Early Release Feature
You can use the Commvault application migration feature to move your on-site Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) to Oracle cloud storage.
Use the application migration feature in the following scenarios:
- When you want to clone your Oracle EBS
- When you want to move your production Oracle EBS to the cloud
Oracle EBS Tiers
Oracle EBS has three tiers that can contain multiple servers (also called nodes):
- Database Tier: The server set that runs the Oracle database application
- Application Tier: The server set that runs the business logic applications such as form services
- Desktop Tier: The server set that runs web browsers
How Commvault Software Moves Oracle EBS to the Cloud
The Commvault software moves Oracle EBS from the nodes to the cloud by automatically performing the following operations:
- Provisioning the compute nodes (VMs) on the cloud for the Database Tier node and the Application Tier node.
- Provisioning the compute node storage to accommodate the Oracle EBS data and the application.
- Configuring the data protection software on the source and the destination to handle the application data movement to the cloud.
- Replicating incremental changes when needed. For example, the software replicates any changes that were made after the start of migration.
- Validating the data after migration.
The Commvault software supports the following configuration:
- Oracle EBS version 12.2.2 or higher
- A single-node Database Tier
- A multi-node Application Tier
You must install the Commvault Oracle Agent software on the Database Tier node, and the Commvault File System Agent software on all Application Tier Nodes.
Incremental System State Backup Operations
Incremental system state backup operations back up only the system-protected files that were modified after the most recent backup operation.
Incremental system state backup operations have the following advantages because they back up only a few files:
- System state backup operations are faster.
- The backed-up data consumes less space on the media.
Windows File System Agent
Oracle 12 Multitenant Support Through Pluggable Database Tracking
Oracle has introduced the Multitenant feature for Oracle 12c. There are 2 main databases that are part of the Multitenant feature:
- The container database (CDB): This database contains the files that the database needs to run, such as the control file, the dictionary, and the redo logs. A CDB can contain one or more pluggable databases.
- Pluggable databases (PDB): The PDBs contain datafiles and tablespaces. They do not contain any control file because they use the CDB control file. Each PDB has a unique database ID.
If you have Oracle 12c, then you can unplug a PDB from one CDB and plug it into a new CDB to simplify software patching and maintenance. When you move a PDB to a new CDB instance, Oracle prunes the database backup information from the original CDB instance and does not update the new CDB instance with the backup information. The Commvault Oracle Agent software tracks the PDB and its container database at a specific point in time so that you can identify the CDB for any point-in-time restore operation.
The Commvault software includes the PDB database ID in backups. You can run a script from the command line that displays the following PDB information:
- The client name where you ran the backup
- The Oracle instance name
- The Oracle PDB name
- The backup creation time
- The backup end time
- The PDB database ID
After you have this information, you can use RMAN scripts to plug the PDB into a new CDB, or to clone the PDB.
You must have an Oracle 12c environment that has Container Databases and Pluggable Databases.
Convert a VMware Virtual Machine to an OpenStack Instance
When restoring a VMware virtual machine from backup, you can restore the VM as an OpenStack instance. This option is available if you have configured a virtualization client for the KVM hypervisor in your Commvault environment. The conversion creates cinder volumes for all VM disks and launches an instance using the bootable cinder volume.
- Virtual Server Agent for VMware
- Virtual Server Agent for OpenStack
IntelliSnap Support for the Tegile Storage Array
Commvault software provides the IntelliSnap technology so that you can manage snapshot operations for many applications and storage platforms, without custom scripting.
In this service pack, we added support for the Tegile storage array.
- DB2 DPF
- DB2 pureScale
- Exchange Database
- Microsoft Hyper-V
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Notes Database
- Oracle RAC
- SAP for Oracle
- SAP HANA
- UNIX File System
- Windows File System
Support for Network Shares, Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V, and Virtual Server Agent for VMware on the EMC Unity Storage Array
The Commvault software provides the IntelliSnap technology to manage snapshot operations, without the need for custom scripting, for many applications and storage platforms.
IntelliSnap already supports snapshot operations on LUNs on the EMC Unity storage array. With this service pack, IntelliSnap also supports CIFS- and NFS-based file-system shares on the Unity storage array.
In addition, IntelliSnap now supports both the Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V and the Virtual Server Agent for VMware on the Unity storage array.
- All file system agents that are under NAS clients in the EMC Unity storage array
- Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V
- Virtual Server Agent for VMware
CommCell Alerts on the Cloud
Monitor CommCell alerts from anywhere using the Cloud Services website. Alerts from the past week appear in the Worldwide Dashboard, the CommCell Group Dashboard, and the CommCell Dashboard, as well as in the CommCell Alerts Report. The number and severity of alerts appear in the dashboards, and detailed information, such as the associated job ID and alert criteria, appear in the report.
Operations Management Service Plan
CDMI API Support for ObjectStore
Commvault provides APIs that enable applications to seamlessly use their existing Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) interface to access the ObjectStore repository.
CDMI is an industry standard that defines the interface for applications to access and manage data objects in cloud storage.
- The CDMI APIs are implemented as a REST service that is hosted on the Web Console.
- Applications can access the ObjectStore using the existing infrastructure for CDMI servers.
- Configure an ObjectStore.
- Give the CDMI user edit access to the ObjectStore repository.
Last modified: 3/21/2018 9:10:26 PM