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Using flexible AMD shapes for PeopleSoft workloads to cut costs and increase performance

Yaisah Granillo
Solution Architect

Workload migration is becoming increasingly critical for success in the cloud. Among other considerations, Compute instance sizing shouldn’t constrain the future growth of your enterprise workloads. You need the flexibility to adapt to uncertainty and increase performance without worrying about unanticipated costs.

I recently worked with one of our government customers on a PeopleSoft migration project that garnered the wanted outcomes. For all future migrations, I wanted to share one key factor contributing to the migration’s success and helped the customer team be more productive. I encourage you to try these benefits to help you accomplish your goals and address your business challenges.

Freedom through flexibility

Now more than ever, you have the highest level of flexibility to configure your instances. For increased performance, you can use flexible AMD shapes to operate PeopleSoft workloads on such instances. You can expect about a 50% increase in performance, compared to the current Intel cores at a similar or lower cost.

A graphic depicting drivers running Oracle PeopleSoft in the cloud.

A flexible shape is a template that you can deploy for your virtual machine (VM). It lets you customize the number of OCPUs and the amount of memory, which you can later adjust without any need for application redeployment. The following options are available for flexible AMD shapes:

A screenshot of the Browse All Shapes screen in the Console.

This flexibility lets you build VMS based on your workload and achieve lower costs by adjusting your instances to your ideal size.

When you’re creating your instance, select flexible AMD shape and adjust OCPUs and amount of memory as needed. If you already have a shape selected in your current instance and want to migrate a Flexible AMD shape, it’s an easy two-step process to update your infrastructure: Shut down the instance, change the shape, and restart. If you’re unsure which shape is right for you or need more details on sizing, check out this blog on adequately sizing your workloads.

How does that cost you less? Because flexible instances support resource-based pricing, and you’re billed separately for OCPU and memory resources. So, you can scale up to increase the performance or scale down to reduce costs.

Migrating PeopleSoft workloads on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

The Comptroller of Public Accounts for the State of Texas chose to migrate their PeopleSoft workloads for financials, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, procurement, and HCM to OCI with high expectations of performance improvement, significant costs savings, and high availability. As one of the first state governments running PeopleSoft on OCI, the results have been promising, with up to 50% in savings over the course of 5 years. Moving their entire production environment into Flexible AMD Shapes, the performance has been consistent and outstanding. The migration process to these instances was a simple Linux restart.

If we learned anything during this past year, it’s that change is inevitable. Responding quickly to shifting business demands is crucial. You don’t need to struggle to adjust your shapes to your actual workload. You need the ability to scale without risk and minimizing the impact on your business.

Our customers have had great success by choosing flexible AMD shapes because they perform better, are cheaper, and are scalable. You, too, can benefit from this performance by migrating your workloads to these Compute instances.

Want to know more?

For more information about the technical overview and availability on flexible shapes in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, see Compute Shapes. For specific details regarding AMD EPYC-powered Oracle Cloud instances, visit the AMD tech docs and white paper library.

Let us help you find the right option for your use case using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You can select either the Oracle Cloud Free Tier or a 30-day free trial in our commercial regions, which includes US$300 in credits to get you started with a range of services, including compute, storage, and networking. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions dedicated to the government consist of FedRAMP high federal and civilian authorized regions and IL5 Department of Defense (DoD) authorized regions. If you prefer Oracle Government Cloud, consult your Oracle sales representative for proof of concept in the appropriate region.

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