Elevating your on-premises Oracle apps with cloud while keeping costs down

March 9, 2021 | 5 minute read
Chacko Thomas
Global Executive Partner & Oracle Cloud leader at IBM
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This article is the first in a series created to help you make the most out of your Oracle enterprise applications with the help of IBM and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Discover how to combine business and technology skills to create opportunities and modernize your mission-critical applications from the inside out. The six articles highlight why migrating your on-premises Oracle applications to the cloud is a good business strategy in the current context and how IBM can help you accelerate your transition while keeping costs low.

Read the first article in the series to discover why your core business applications need to be on the cloud and what’s the best way to get them there without adding complexity or costs.

The road to digital transformation

Most companies fuel critical business functions with Oracle applications running on-premises, but on-premises IT environments pose some challenges for access, flexibility, scalability, and innovation support. Unsurprisingly, organizations are considering strategies to accelerate their digital transformation and move their mission-critical apps to the cloud. In fact, a recent Gartner analysis revealed that by 2025, 85 percent of large organizations will have engaged external service providers to migrate applications to the cloud, up from 43 percent in 2019.

IBM services can help businesses that rely on on-premises infrastructure to implement connected solutions in Oracle Cloud. Combining business and technology skills, IBM can assist organizations in their journey to a more flexible and secure mission-critical app delivery on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

“Oracle is the leader in our core underlying database technology. We have a clear advantage over other cloud infrastructure providers with the investments we’ve made around our game-changing autonomous solutions. OCI brings together the most modern architecture for a high-performance and mission-critical cloud infrastructure.”

Mark Hura, SVP, North America Cloud and Technology

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integrates the flexibility of public cloud and the control and predictability of on-premises infrastructure to deliver high-performing, cost-effective services. As a second-generation cloud, OCI uses a set of platform cloud tools and features optimized for Oracle applications that contribute to overcoming the most common concerns associated with moving to the cloud:

Concern: Cloud isn’t reliable

OCI uses all the latest Oracle software features and capabilities to facilitate high data availability and consistent performance, integrated governance and control, and reliability backed by end-to-end SLAs. Moreover, it embeds autonomous self-repairing capabilities that can help ensure data health.

Concern: Cloud isn’t secure

OCI starts with a zero-trust architecture and wraps this core in a layered defense of built-in firewalls, DDoS, and encryption for added security. To help prevent hackers from accessing data in the cloud, compute, and network resources are isolated, and code and data are separated from management machines. This combination of powerful architecture, modern technology, and accelerated processes provides a security-rich environment that’s difficult to achieve in most on-premises facilities and public clouds.

Concern: Cloud doesn’t fully support Oracle workloads

It’s true that not all cloud environments support the comprehensive features of Oracle software. For example, Oracle Exadata and Oracle Autonomous Database are not available to run in third-party cloud environments. OCI underpins all the latest Oracle software features and capabilities. It serves as a foundation for new, leading-edge services, including integration, containers, microservices, and blockchain, and it provides the enhanced scale to support IoT deployments.

Concern: Cloud generates increased costs

Oracle databases on OCI offer the best price-performance. A cost and performance benchmarking by Accenture found that Oracle Database costs as little as half when running in OCI versus when running in another provider’s cloud environment. Compared with another top cloud provider, OCI is consistently less expensive for a wide range of popular cloud workloads, even with significant data transfer requirements.

Concern: Cloud migration is hard

To accelerate the move to the cloud with minimal disruption and costs, IBM can manage the migration, provisioning, modernization, and management of key Oracle applications on OCI. Applying decades of experience and a foundation of excellence in IT operations and security, IBM is committed to providing effective worldwide service, support, and product integration to existing Oracle clients who want to move to the cloud.

How IBM can help optimize your Oracle investment

OCI provides a robust, secure, highly available, and cost-effective cloud platform that meets the needs of the modern enterprise looking to move on-premises applications to the cloud. As a trusted and long-standing provider of Oracle services, IBM offers market-leading processes, knowledge, and unparalleled insight into the design, build, and deployment of cloud solutions. With assistance from IBM, companies can reduce manual tasks to achieve up to 70 percent efficiency increase and automate all Oracle ERP to become production-ready in half the time.

“IBM is recognized as the world’s premier hybrid cloud partner to manage the migration and management of hybrid cloud data centers. We offer the full capabilities of public cloud, combined with Oracle Cloud@Customer. We manage some of the world’s most complex and mission-critical Oracle application workloads in our hybrid cloud. We also adopt a security-first model in our migration and management of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.”

Robert Churchyard, senior partner, Global Oracle Leader

Learning from the experience of others

An industry-leading equipment and service provider with a history of over a hundred years and a presence in more than 100 countries throughout the world needed to address specific challenges around their existing infrastructure. It lacked the flexibility to respond to business needs. The organization wanted a solution that could address performance issues with both Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning (ASCP) and Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS).

After a successful proof of concept, IBM Services teamed with Oracle to deliver an end-to-end solution that addressed the client’s performance needs and included the service continuity and expertise required for this complex environment. IBM migrated existing EBS and PeopleSoft environments from an Oracle SuperCluster in a proprietary data center to OCI Exadata Cloud service. It also migrated their existing Oracle ATG environment from Oracle’s hosting facility to OCI.

As a result, the industry-leading equipment and service provider cut supply run time in half, achieve performance improvements for biweekly payroll, and streamline the interactions for all Oracle apps and infrastructure with a single accountable provider.

IBM is an Oracle Partner with capabilities and expertise to help businesses use cloud technologies effectively and provide next-generation enterprise-managed services without compromise. IBM has more than 10,000 dedicated Oracle consultants, over 400 OCI certified practitioners and has helped clients successfully complete more than 6,500 Oracle projects. IBM currently manages more than 165 Oracle clients in the hybrid cloud and has delivered over 300 Oracle Cloud go-lives.

How to successfully accelerate your journey to Oracle Cloud

Explore more reasons to trust Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for your mission-critical business apps by attending the on demand webinar. Discover how to improve performance and security, while reducing costs for your enterprise and performance-intensive applications. Mark Hura, SVP of North America Technology for Oracle, and Lauren Baker, Oracle Marketing and Comms Global Business Services, join me in discussing what’s possible and how to get there. Make sure you don't miss the on demand sessions.

The event is one in a series of six discussing why OCI represents the best option for moving Oracle apps and workloads and how IBM can implement and manage every aspect of your migration to Oracle cloud. Register for the on demand series.

Chacko Thomas

Global Executive Partner & Oracle Cloud leader at IBM

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