In the cloud world, the term provisioning refers to the allocation of cloud resources - including CPU, storage and networking - to meet a specific need. For Oracle E-Business Suite, it means the allocation of Oracle Compute Cloud Service resources to deploy a new Oracle E-Business Suite environment that can, for example, be used for:
Whatever the task of the new system, the key advantages of cloud deployment are the speed with which it can be created and the easy way it provides access to the latest Oracle E-Business Suite release (including technology patch levels).
When preparing to provision, your first choice is to decide which of the following two options better meets your specific needs:
Provisioning a single-node Oracle E-Business Suite environment is a straightforward process, where you create a new Oracle Compute Cloud instance based on an image from the Oracle Cloud Marketplace: this can be either a Vision (Demo) image or a Fresh Install image. The Oracle Compute Cloud instance creation process uses a step-by-step, wizard-driven procedure that enables you to tailor the new system to your specific needs, by making suitable choices of options including network configuration components, additional storage, and security-related features.
Provisioning a multi-node E-Business Suite environment requires additional steps, but the Oracle Compute Cloud infrastructure provides orchestration tools that automate the process, and the EBS Provisioning VM image includes all the tools required to provision a multi-node environment.
You start by creating a new Oracle Compute Cloud instance based on the EBS Provisioning VM image, and then launch the provisioning orchestration tool. This walks you through an interview process, the final result of which is provisioning of all the Compute instances that make up your new Oracle E-Business Suite environment. The provisioning tool uses a Chef engine deployed in the same Compute instance, to orchestrate the creation and configuration of all the components in the new environment.
The above illustration shows the provisioning orchestration tool creating all the Compute instances that make up your new Oracle E-Business Suite environment, and configuring them to work together. You can also see another new Compute instance running Oracle Traffic Director (OTD), configured to load-balance the HTTP traffic.
The pre-packaged Oracle E-Business Suite images from Oracle Cloud Marketplace contain the most recent Oracle E-Business Suite release. As noted earlier, the technology stack components are patched to the latest level available when the images were uploaded to the Marketplace.
In summary, deploying to Oracle Cloud is a straightforward process that enables you to have an Oracle E-Business Suite environment - either single-node or multi-node - installed and ready for use very quickly.