Think when you are creating a point-in-time image for multiple devices. It is easy to create a point-in-time image of entire set of logical device at same time. In order achieve this you need to shut down an application so that no IO will occurs while you creating a point-in-time image. This is big problem in today’s environment where every company looking solution for zero down time.
The EMC provided solution to this problem is called “Enginuity Consistency Assist”. When you create a set of sessions and invoke Enginuity Consistency Assist, the Symmetrix aligns the I/O of those devices and halts all I/O from the host systems very briefly—much faster than the applications can detect—while it creates the session. It then resumes normal operation without any application impact.
TimeFinder Consistent Split using (TimeFinder/Consistency Groups) allows the splitting off of a consistent, re-startable image of an Oracle database instance within seconds with no interruption to the online Oracle database instance.
Ÿ - Allows users to split off a dependent write consistent, re-startable image of application without interrupting online services
Ÿ - Using TimeFinder/Consistency Groups to defer write I/O at the Symmetrix before a split
Ÿ - Consistent split can be performed by any host running Solutions Enabler connected to the Symmetrix
Ÿ - Tested and available including HP-UX, Solaris, AIX, Linux, and Windows
Ÿ - No database shutdown or requirement to have database put into backup mode (Oracle).

Using TF/CG, consistent splits helps to avoid inconsistencies and restart problems that can occur with using Oracle hot-backup mode (not quiescing the database).
The major benefits of TF/CG are:
• No disruption to the online Oracle database to obtain a Point-in-Time image
• Provides a consistent, re-startable image of the Oracle database for testing new versions or database patch updates before deploying for use in production environments
• Can be used to obtain a business point of consistency for business restart requirements for which Oracle has been identified as one of multiple databases for such an environment.

The same benefits apply using TF/CG in a clustered environment as in a non-clustered environment:
- No disruption to the online Oracle database to obtain a Point-in-Time image in a Oracle single instance environment or when using Oracle Real Application Clusters
- Provides a consistent, re-startable image of the Oracle database for testing new versions or database patch updates before deploying for use in clustered production environments
- Can be used to obtain a business point of consistency for business restart requirements for which Oracle has been identified as one of multiple databases for such an environment.

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