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Migrating Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud (Part I): Lift and Shift to OCI

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If you are an Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) user, there are numerous reasons to move to the cloud such as greater business agility, lower operating costs, and higher efficiency etc. Customers can reap these benefits by moving from on-premise to Oracle cloud. By doing so, you will have access to Oracle’s entire technology stack in the cloud, just as you did in on-premises deployments, along with some additional benefits.

Also Read: All You Need to Know About Oracle EBS 12.2 Upgrade

However, before we look at the benefits, lets quickly understand some of the key challenges of continuing with EBS:

  • With on-premise, hardware refreshes & software updates are a necessity. But moving to the latest release is often daunting.
  • Many businesses have been running Oracle EBS for several years and have complex customizations and integrations with internal and third-party applications to suit their needs. Such large amounts of custom objects are difficult to manage, track, and update.
  • A typical concern is the building up of out-of-date and disorganized information in an EBS environment, which leads to lags and inefficiencies.
  • The TCO with on-premise is higher owing to the initial hardware and software investment and the subsequent costs involved with the refreshes and updates.
  • For EBS 12.1 users, Oracle premier support ends by December 2021. Such situations demand organizations to approach upgrades or migration at the earliest.

Thus, it makes sense for organizations to migrate from on-premise EBS to the cloud. But how? There are two options available:

  1. Lift and Shift EBS to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)
  2. Switch to Oracle Cloud Applications

In this article, we’ll discuss about the 1st option i.e. Lift and Shift method…

As organizations began to adopt cloud solutions, some workloads moved quickly and seamlessly, demonstrating the elasticity and agility of the cloud. However, this isn’t true for all workloads. Many organizations find it difficult to move their core business applications, which present additional challenges and tight requirements around predictable performance, security, and control.

Your Oracle EBS implementation may have been customized to fit your exact needs and be deeply integrated with other applications to help drive daily operations. Therefore, it may not make sense to start from scratch, re-architect, and retrain employees with a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. The flexibility to accommodate everything you already do with Oracle EBS is the strength of using an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering. With IaaS, you’ve control over the performance, security, and business continuity plans. This is where the ‘lift and shift’ method comes handy.

Most on-premises EBS deployments can migrate to OCI without needing too much configuration, integration, or business process changes. It ensures an implementation that offers greater flexibility, reliability, and performance at a lower cost than both on-premises and other cloud options.

By running Oracle EBS on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you can:

  • Transform large, irregular CAPEX expenditures to predictable operating expenditure (OPEX).
  • ‘Pay as you go’ based on usage.
  • Bring your own Oracle licenses to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to leverage your existing investments, including monitoring, operational runbooks, skills, and workflow.

Some of the other benefits of running Oracle EBS on OCI are:

  • Incurs 38% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than on-premises deployments; 44% less TCO than Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Manages and reduces capital expenditure (CAPEX) by ensuring the datacenters that you maintain are efficient, while eliminating server hardware and taking advantage of cloud flexibility where possible.
  • Results in 30% increased performance, 2-10 times faster reporting.
  • Provides high availability with Recovery Time Objective (RTO) < 4 hours and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) < 4 hours.
  • Maximizes your solution availability using Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) or Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service in the cloud.
  • Provides rapid “in-place” technology refresh and patching.
  • Provides proactive monitoring of usage and costs.
  • Provides near instant scaling up or scaling down (to handle business growth or workload bursts at month end).
  • Provides federated identity with your existing systems.
  • Helps reduce audit length and cost; security and compliance overhead for IaaS is Oracle’s responsibility.

Wrapping up

According to Forbes, 85 percent of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by the end of 2022. Will your enterprise be one of the hundreds of businesses moving their Oracle E-Business Suite workloads to the cloud or do you plan on continuing with your legacy hardware?

If you need any assistance in your decision making, write to us at marketing@cloverinfotech.com and our team of Oracle Cloud experts will be glad to assist you.

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