For cost optimization and flexibility, its a good idea to go with Oracle Database backup cloud services. The Oracle Database Backup Cloud service can actually compliment with the existing backup strategy by providing an off-site storage location in the cloud.

The bck2cloud utility is easy to use, install and secures the data. It simplifies the RMAN backup/restore operations when using the Oracle Backup Cloud Services. Once you subscribe to the service, you simply need to download  module from the OTN and install it on the database host. Once the module is successfully installed, you then need to configure the RMAN settings. With the utility, all data transfers strictly between the database instance and Oracle backup cloud account controlled by the customer.

Following operations are supported by the utility:

  • RMAN Operations
  • Cloud Storage operations
  • Password Encryption operation
  • Install Oracle Public Cloud (OPC) Module operation


About the Author

Syed Jaffar Hussain

An Oracle Database Expert for over 15 years from his 20 years of Information Technology (IT) career. Over the past 15 years of Oracle journey, he involved with several local and large scaled international banks where he implemented and managed highly complex cluster and non-cluster environments with over 100’s of business critical databases. Recognizing his efforts and contribution towards the Oracle community, Oracle awarded him the prestigious ‘Best DBA of the year, 2011’ and Oracle ACE Director status. He also acquired industry best Oracle credentials, Oracle Certified Master (OCM), Oracle RAC Expert, OCP DBA 8i,9i,10g & 11g in addition to ITIL Expertise. Syed is an active Oracle speaker, regularly presents technical sessions and webinars on various Oracle database technologies at many Oracle events. You can visit his technical blog, where he discuss and writes the workaround/solution about the issues confronted from his day-to-day activities. Apart from being the part of the core Technical Review committee member for a few Oracle technology oriented books, he also co-authored an Oracle 11g R1/R2 Real Application Cluster Essentials and Oracle Expert RAC books. His blog can be found at

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