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Migrating Business Critical High Availability Oracle Databases to AWS Services

Are you still trusting on-premise solutions to manage your mission-critical Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications? If so, it’s time to learn a lesson from nearly 70% of your peers and competitors.

Research shows that 69% of enterprise organizations have transitioned data from their mission-critical ERP apps, including Oracle, onto the cloud instead.

Specifically, they’re looking to host these software stacks on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. From there, they can leverage database and Middleware software to build enterprise-grade Oracle applications in a robust cloud environment.

Are you considering making this move yourself? Navigating AWS services can be more challenging than you expect. That’s why it pays to partner with an AWS Managed Services Provider (MSP) like our team.

Today, we’re sharing a few of the top benefits you can expect when you migrate your business’ most important Oracle database information onto the AWS cloud with ease.

Ready to learn more? Let’s get started.

What is Amazon Web Services?

Abbreviated AWS, Amazon Web Services is Amazon’s cloud service offering. Its power lies in its two main solutions: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

When you make the switch, you’ll receive access to a wide range of solutions, including those designed to facilitate:

  • Networking
  • Server
  • Storage
  • Email
  • Remote computing
  • Security

Characteristic of its reputation, the AWS cloud is replete with flexibility. Users can select from among various options as they search for cloud computing products, tools, and services.

Why Migrate Your Oracle Databases to AWS?

You’ve grown comfortable working within your on-premise Oracle ERP database. Why should you invest money, time and resources in an AWS cloud migration? To answer this Let’s review some of the key features that can help influence your decision.

Scalability

Your ERP system is your company’s lifeline, responsible for myriad business functions, including your:

  • Financials
  • Operations
  • Supply chain
  • Reporting
  • Human Resources (HR) activities
  • Manufacturing

If you don’t have access to the data you need, your entire organization could suffer.

Can your current Oracle application keep pace with the high-speed demands of your workplace? If not, you could experience time-consuming bottlenecks that can hinder workflow and hurt performance.

When you migrate your databases to the AWS cloud, you achieve instant scalability. The cloud scales seamlessly to accommodate the needs that your Oracle applications require. You can add thousands of virtual machines in mere minutes, ramping production up or down as your operational needs fluctuate.

Affordability

Amazon’s pay-as-you-go fee model means it’s more affordable and accessible than other similar cloud solutions. In addition to database services, there are more than 160 different AWS cloud services designed in this same structure. It also puts the power back into your pocket. You can add more services and capabilities as you require them and make room in your budget to grow. There are also volume-based discounts available, helping you reap essential savings as your usage needs increase.

High Reliability

In the same vein, you need to ensure quick and efficient access to your Oracle data at all times. If you experienced a power outage at your facility, what would you do?

The AWS cloud infrastructure is designed to mitigate this risk to the greatest extent possible via AWS Regions and Availability Zones.

In short, an AWS Region is a physical location that hosts multiple Availability Zones. Within each zone, you’ll find one or more discrete data centers, housed in separate facilities. Each data center includes its own:

  • Redundant power
  • Networking
  • Connectivity

Through this design, business users can launch and operate Oracle databases and production applications that are more fault-tolerant, available and scalable than a single data center can enable. Currently, more than 60 Availability Zones comprise the AWS cloud, spread out over more than 20 global geographic regions. As migration numbers continue to climb, there are plans to add more zones and regions in the future.

Robust Security

One recent survey revealed that almost 90% of business leaders are concerned about cyberattacks against their ERP systems in the near future. This concern is sound and valid. On-premise databases are vulnerable to hackers armed with advanced malware and sophisticated techniques capable of bypassing even the strongest defenses.

When you partner with a cloud service provider to move your Oracle databases to AWS, you can help keep your sensitive and confidential information safe. Not only is the cloud platform flexible and secure, but it’s also backed by advanced and documented security, governance and compliance services. In turn, you can minimize business risk without compromising agility, scale or time to market.

Streamlined Deployment

If you managed deployment on your own, it could take weeks before your teams were comfortable accessing their Oracle database on AWS. Yet, we’re on hand to make sure the process goes as quickly and effortlessly as possible. We’ll help you launch Oracle ERP applications on AWS in minutes, so your workforce can start using it as soon as possible.

An added benefit? There’s no need to wait for bulky hardware to arrive at your business doorstep. You can launch your applications any time it’s convenient.

Consider the AWS lift-and-shift deployment approach, for instance. Here, you’ll move your Oracle application and its data onto AWS in as close to its original state as possible. Then, you’ll undergo follow-on projects over time to update individual application elements that maximize your use of cloud services. This way, you can speed time to production and enjoy the flexibility, performance, scalability, and security of AWS without sacrificing the features and functionality you’re accustomed to using.

Improved Efficiency

As a business leader, what would it mean for your business if your IT employees could focus their full attention on delivering value to your organization? What if they weren’t tied up in time-consuming hardware troubleshooting or infrastructure maintenance all day?

This could be a reality when you move your Oracle ERP databases to the AWS cloud.

Without other programs or platforms to worry about, your IT leaders can turn their attention toward more pertinent demands. At the same time, teams across departments will enjoy improved productivity and less downtime.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership

Are you currently paying for Oracle licenses you aren’t using? If so, your total cost of ownership (TCO) is tipped in the wrong direction. As mentioned, your ERP solution becomes scalable when you deploy it in the AWS cloud. That means you’ll only pay for what you use, without spending a cent.

In turn, this lowers your total TCO over the long term. When you consider the advanced functionality that the AWS cloud provides, it won’t take long to realize that your ROI is subsequently raised.

The Value of a Teaming with an AWS Cloud Expert

Now that you’ve seen a few of the benefits, are you ready to make the switch to AWS yourself? If so, the specific migration strategy you use will depend on several factors, including:

  • The size of your database
  • The version and addition of your Oracle software
  • The network connectivity present between AWS and your source server
  • The available database tools, options, and utilities
  • The timeline you’ve set for migration
  • The decision you make to handle the migration in one step or in stages

Regardless of where you stand on any of these points, we’re here to provide advisory support through the entire transformation process, step by step. From licensing and security to cost management, architecture, and governance, we’ll take care of the legwork so you can start reaping the benefits.

In addition to our AWS MSP certification, we’re also proud of our other AWS Advanced Consulting Partner recognitions, including:

  • Oracle Competency
  • Data and Analytics Competency
  • DevOps Competency
  • MSP Partner
  • Solution Partner
  • Channel Partner
  • Marketplace Seller
  • Well-Architected Partner

The takeaway? We’re well-versed in everything AWS and can help you discover its benefits like few others in this space can.

Our AWS Oracle Database High Availability Implementation

Our quick and secure architecture helps you get started on the AWS cloud platform sooner, so you can start achieving analytical insights as quickly as possible. You’ll even have the option to purchase AWS licenses through us.

The platform provides a secure infrastructure for your application, capable of supporting small to large databases on enterprise-level architecture. It also supports high availability applications, meaning those that must be continuously operational to support critical business functions.

When high availability is a key consideration, we’ll work with you to deploy the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

From there, we’ll configure the Oracle ASM storage management layer with the Oracle Data Guard and Oracle Grid Infrastructure Server to accommodate your specific replication and database setup requirements, alongside physical standby databases.

When these components are configured together, the deployment sets up an automatic Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). You can also use the setup to access your database instances in the following environments:

  • Public and private subnets
  • NAT gateways
  • Bastion hosts

AWS Virtual Compute Environment

Does your organization rely on an Oracle database that’s larger than 16 TB? Or, do your databases rely on Oracle features that Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) doesn’t support? The following features fall into this category:

  • Automatic Storage Management (ASM)
  • Flashback Database
  • Real Application Testing
  • Database Vault security controls
  • Multi-tenant
  • Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Management Repository
  • Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Unified Auditing, Pure Mode

In these cases, we’ll help you manage your databases from your data center using the AWS virtual compute environment.

Discover the Power and Potential of AWS Services

Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of organizations across various industries discover the benefits of migrating their legacy, on-premise data onto the cloud. We’d love to work with you as you take this next step in the right direction.

When you merge your existing Oracle databases with the robust capacity of AWS services, you’ll notice an immediate uptick in accessibility, security, performance and data quality.

You don’t have to tackle this transformation yourself. Our team of cloud service experts is ready to take the reins and handle the heavy lifting for you. Contact us today to learn more and let’s get started.

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