RE: Long-Term Archiving

IIRC, the commitment from Oracle is that Export/Import should work for all 
databases at or above v5, and going forward into perpetuity.  For that reason, 
several companies I have worked for have taken monthly, or annual, full 
database exports and put them on read-only media.

HTH,
Bambi.

-----Original Message-----
From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Uwe Küchler
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 3:25 PM
To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Long-Term Archiving



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.
Just
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
Germany,
Uwe

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