A quick post. I have also been looking at MEB 3.11 (we currently use 3.10). There is a new feature called ‘Optimistic Backup’. This feature maybe worth considering as it allows you to specify tables (or a time) that most tables were not changed during the backup, it will then not backup any redo, undo or system data. This will reduce the apply time.
So if you have a database backup that is heavy on apply this maybe worth considering.