Despite the advantages of SaaS—like ease of adoption, access to the latest and greatest features and the ability to control costs—organizations are reluctant to consider moving their on-premise Oracle EBS to SaaS. Reason: SaaS doesn’t support the EBS customizations that organizations have painstakingly invested in. The alternative is development of customization on PaaS which, however, will be expensive to develop, manage and maintain. Therefore, hosting Oracle E-business Suite on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) comes up as a logical option for customers thinking and willing to adopt cloud.
OCI is an easy and attractive option because the exact on-premise system, along with customizations, can be moved to OCI without any “ifs and buts”. It is an astute decision for organizations wanting to move quickly from their Capex model to the Opex model of cloud, access a high-performance compute environment and benefit from the scalability that OCI has to offer. The good news is that OCI can hit two targets with one arrow. First, assuming that an organization is ambitious (which organization isn’t?) and in expansion mode through new projects or via acquisitions, it won’t be handicapped by the hardware challenge that an on-premise estate presents. Under normal circumstances, growth would mean procuring new hardware and investing time and money over configuration and ongoing maintenance. Instead, OCI can cater to the immediate infrastructure needs while usage bills are split over time. Second, OCI is enterprise grade. This means organizations can get rid of their hardware, data center and network headaches practically overnight while effortlessly keeping pace with the latest in technology. This makes migrating EBS to OCI irresistible. Besides, Oracle allows users to carry forward their licenses in a Bring Your Own Licenses (BYOL) model, making OCI a super attractive option.
This leaves one major question while considering OCI, “What is the logical path to OCI?” The answer lies in three migration paths to consider:
- All critical data stays on premise while Disaster Recovery (DR) is on OCI
- All high-performance requirements are deployed on OCI
- Legacy systems stay on premise while everything else is moved to OCI
The benefits of leveraging OCI are varied. These range from providing high availability architecture to the ease of scalability. Note that EBS is certified to run on OCI, which in addition means that no extra learnings are required.
Recently, a global semiconductor company experienced the need to expand its on premise IT environment due to the acquisitions it made. They approached Wipro to help their growing infrastructure requirements. Wipro, with its deep expertise in OCI, accessed the customer’s challenges and proposed to host their Oracle and non-Oracle workloads on OCI. Wipro helped the organization migrate over 40 Oracle and non-Oracle workloads, and the entire DR (disaster recovery) setup from on-premise to OCI. As a result, the company didn’t need to make new investments in hardware. It moved smoothly from a Capex to an Opex model and lowered its total cost of ownership. All existing hardware was, in addition, repurposed to be used to accommodate growth.
We also helped a leading gaming company migrate their EBS, related boundary applications and DR to OCI. This delivered scalability, enhanced availability, reduced IT maintenance costs and improved transparency in resource utilization and reporting.
OCI makes the perfect painless first step to cloud. Using OCI, organizations can quickly build new cloud-native applications with predictable pricing. There is hardly a better way to launch a cloud journey with better guarantees of success.