Overview - Informix iDataAgent

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Introduction

The Informix iDataAgent provides an unique, simplified, end-to-end backup and recovery solution for Informix system and user databases in your enterprise. In addition to a complete protection of the system databases which contain user database characteristics, database objects etc., it also provides more granular backup and recovery of your enterprise’s data, emergency boot files (ixbar), ONCONFIG files, and logical log files.

Key Features

Full Range of Backup and Recovery Options

The Informix agent provides the flexibility to backup the Informix databases in different environments. This is very essential since the database is always subject to constant changes.

You can perform a full or incremental backups of the entire database, individual dbspaces, or logical logs at any point of time. The following section describes the backups that can be performed in different environments.

Database Backups

You can backup both the system and user-defined databases. You can comprehensively backup all the databases in an instance or schedule backups for the individual databases.

Backup and Recovery Failovers

In the event that a MediaAgent used for the backup or recovery operation fails, it is automatically resumed on alternate MediaAgents. In such cases, the backup or restore job will not restart from the beginning, but will resume from the point of failure. This is especially useful for backups and restores of large amount of data.

In the event, that a network goes down, the backup and recovery jobs are resumed on alternate data paths. Similarly, in the event of a device failure, the jobs are automatically switched to alternate disk and tape drives.

Efficient Job Management and Reporting

You can view and verify the status of backup and recovery operations from the Job Controller and the Event Viewer within the CommCell Console. You can also track the status of the jobs using Reports, which can be saved and distributed. Generate reports for different aspects of data management. Customize the reports to display only the required data and save them to a specific location in different formats. For example, you can create a backup job summary report to view the completed backup jobs.

You can schedule, generate and send the Reports via email without user intervention. 

Block Level Deduplication

Deduplication provides a smarter way of storing data by identifying and eliminating the duplicate items in a data protection operation.

Deduplication at the data block level compares blocks of data against each other. If an object (file, database, etc.) contains blocks of data that are identical to each other, then block level deduplication eliminates storing the redundant data and reduces the size of the object in storage. This way dramatically reduces the backup data copies on both the disk and tapes.

Terminology

The Informix iDataAgent documentation uses the following terminology:

Client

The computer in which the iDataAgent is installed and contains the data to be secured.

Instance

The Informix Server to be used for the backup and restore operations. Each instance can contain one or more of the databases that you want to back up.

Subclient

The Informix database objects to be backed up.

Where to Go Next

Install the Informix iDataAgent

Walks you through the process of installing the Informix iDataAgent.