2021-06-14T15:45:00Z
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What is the best backup solution for Sybase ASE 15.5?

Hi community members,

I'm looking for the best backup solution for Sybase ASE 15.5. We should be able to perform both incremental and full backup. 

I appreciate your help.

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Syed Abid Hussain - PeerSpot reviewer
Snr. Infrastructure Architect (Data Centre) at DHA
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2021-07-28T09:21:08Z
Jul 28, 2021

As a Market leader Netbackup provides a heterogeneous backup solution for large-scale data centers. 


This includes Sybase database support, which provides a centralized backup and restore solution for all your Sybase database servers using the same storage used for all your other backups optimizing your backup storage usage. 


Also, it provides a transparent "backup and restore" service for the Sybase database admin using their own tools: Isql or DBIsql.


http://docplayer.net/57605669-... 

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TD
IT Architect - AI at CGI
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2022-05-19T13:48:06Z
May 19, 2022

Hi


There are many different ways to perform the backup of SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise on the market today.


If you want the freedom to see your backups using normal OS commands, such as "dir" or "ls" commands, and in the same way know that everything stored on this path is secured, and has retention policies, space-efficient, and fast than Spictera SPFS can be a good choice, where the DBA can use the preferred methods to backup their databases.


E.g.


# mount -t spfs /backup


SQL> DUMP DATABASE mydb TO '/backup/my.bkp'


SQL> GO


All file system operations that go via this mountpoint (/backup in the above example) will be translated to IBM Spectrum Protect Client API calls, so nothing is cached locally


Retention and versioning are managed via the IBM Spectrum Protect server, where one can control how many versions and/or retention of the backups, including how many copies, etc.


SPFS has also the ability to use encryptions using their own private encryption keys if needed.


SPFS has built-in data reductions using compression and de-duplication if needed.


SPFS has automatical failover and fallback for those who have that as a demand if replication services have been configured on the IBM Spectrum Protect server, and this data is configured to be replicated.


This solution is agentless and does not require any specific education to learn how an agent works (which literally sometimes hides the techniques inside the agent)


After all, it can't be more simple to use? as everyone probably already knows how to use a filesystem, right?


https://www-50.ibm.com/partner...


https://www.spictera.com

Regards, 


Tomas

Syed Abid Hussain - PeerSpot reviewer
Snr. Infrastructure Architect (Data Centre) at DHA
Real User
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2022-05-19T10:31:00Z
May 19, 2022

Commvault and Netbackup are at the top of the list: comprehensive and best features, full, inc, BMR, VM, end-user, any type of schedule even replication.


Commvault's protection provides complete protection for the Sybase server, which consists of system and user databases in different environments.

Pieter Sadie - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Manager at PAV Telecoms
Real User
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2022-05-19T08:48:43Z
May 19, 2022

Regardless of what software I use for backups, I prefer to do database backups from within the database itself using a script as an extra measure of security.


For Sybase, I found this useful link.:
SyBooks Online (Archive) (sybase.com)


Full link:
https://infocenter-archive.syb...

Tomas-Dalebjörk - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Architect at CGI
Real User
2021-11-19T07:47:47Z
Nov 19, 2021

Sybase ASE has built-in support with IBM Spectrum Protect.


Another way is to use SPFS (a file system for Spectrum Protect); where you can mount the IBM Spectrum Protect storage as a filesystem/mount point or drive letter on your server, and in this way have full control of both the methods used to take the backups and being able to browse your data using normal OS commands; such as ls / DIR.


As you have full control, you need fewer educations, no need to learn how a backup agent works.


Search for gsd + spfs +, and you will find the SPFS solution listed on the IBM site. Couldn't paste the linke here?


https://www-356.ibm.com/partne...;solution=56435


Eg
# mount -t spfs /backup
(or right click "My Computer" -> mount on Windows)

> DUMP DATABASE mydb TO DISK = '/backup/mydb.dmp'
> GO


Another way to protect Sybase ASE is to use database consistent snapshot, where each snapshot is stored on the IBM Spectrum Protect server using progressive block level incremental forever (always incremental backup) techniques.


It quiece the database, take a local snapshot, release quiece, and send incremental changes of the local snapshot since last taken snapshot to the backup server.


This way, you have a backup time that is faster the more often you take it, as only incremental changes will be sent.


Restore is nearly instant, as the snapshot will be provisioned from the IBM Spectrum Protect backup server storage via the IBM Spectrum Protect Client API as a local snapshot disk, which can be assigned to a new empty or existing storage on the same or new server.


The operating system can then be reverted to the previous snapshot, which starts a "copy back" in the background.


The Sybase ASE database can be started immediately; while the operating system is reverting to the previous snapshot in the background.


The restore time will be only a few minutes regardless of the size of the database.

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