Check out this EMC Solution Overview to learn how Replication Manager simplifies the creation of Oracle and SAP copies, as well as saving time when making copies for test/dev, backup and disaster recovery.
This is a good overview of EMC Replication Manager. With RM a storage administrator can automate the creation, management, and scheduling of snaps and clones created on VNX, VNXe, VMAX and VPLEX arrays. DBAs can collaborate with storage administrators to automate activities like:
The table on page 3 of of the overview is very good for Oracle DBAs as it shows the variety of specific backup options. For those interested in more Replication Manager information I suggest reading the paper: EMC Replication Manager with Oracle Database Server.
It would be nice to see a detailed write-up on this including persistence of snaps off of a clone between refreshes of their underlying clone. The use case is that various dev/test/patch/training environments will have different shelf lives with different refresh cycles.