If you were to move it over the network, it would be way to slow. But if you use sneaker net and physically move disks/tapes, it my be faster than a network. The fastest would be to have an extra mirror and physically swap them. Just an idea.
______________________ Applications come and go,
but the data remains!
If you're backing up to disk and restoring to disk on the same box, it shouldn't take long at all.
Pls. explain what you are trying to do with enough details so we can adequately answer your question.
Are you backing up over a network or to disk?
How many tape devices do you have?
What kind of tape device; DLT4, AIT, DLT7, DLT8, 8MM, 4MM?
Is the reporting instance on the same box as the "prod" instance.
Are the two boxes hooked up to the same disk array?
Are you using RMAN?