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The First Four Years of EBS on OCI - Part 1

Nadia Bendjedou
Vice President - Product Strategy

[Contributors: Robert Farrington and Terri Noyes]

In early 2015, I envisaged a day when I could use EBS and cloud in the same sentence. Then, cloud simply meant Oracle Compute Cloud (IaaS).

Today, I'm very happy to say that EBS and cloud are well and truly together, with comprehensive EBS adoption of IaaS and associated PaaS database services. Numerous customers of all sizes have now migrated their EBS environments from on-premises data centers to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

Oracle Commitment to OCI

Oracle's corporate commitment to OCI can be seen by the rapid growth from a launch in late 2016 with a single data center to the situation four years later where OCI has expanded to 21 Oracle Cloud regions worldwide. And the rapid growth continues, with a plan to have in place no fewer than 36 Oracle Cloud regions by the end of 2020.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Data Center RegionsOracle Cloud Infrastructure Data Center Regions

To find out where Oracle Cloud services are available, see this comprehensive list of Oracle data center regions and services provided.

EBS Commitment to OCI

Our EBS journey towards OCI began 4 years ago in late 2016, and our commitment to EBS customers running on OCI is now stronger than ever. In many cases, customers started by using the first generation of OCI (now known as OCI Classic), and — when it became available — moved to Gen 2 Cloud, the best cloud infrastructure for enterprises. Some pioneering EBS customers, such as  LKQ Europe, started out in the cloud, implementing brand new EBS projects from scratch in OCI.

We take full advantage of the OCI infrastructure so EBS customers can run their mission-critical business applications with unprecedented performance, scalability, and availability. This is accomplished by utilizing the best database platforms in the market:

Note that all three of these platforms are unique to OCI, with most EBS systems running on OCI today hosting the database on either Oracle Database Cloud Services on Virtual Machines, or on Oracle Exadata Cloud Services.

Another key EBS investment unique to OCI is the time-saving automation capability delivered by Oracle EBS Cloud Manager, which has been designed specifically to support EBS customers running on OCI and associated database services. EBS Cloud Manager and its associated tools can help you reduce cost, reduce risk, and increase agility by automating essential operations such as:

  • Environment deployment:
    • Lift and shift of an on-premises enviroment to Oracle Cloud
    • One-click provisioning of demo environments
    • Advanced provisioning, of either a fresh installation or from a backup
  • Lifecycle management:
    • Backup and restore
    • Scaling
    • Optimized cloning

Oracle EBS Cloud Manager is a tool for both migrating EBS to OCI and managing EBS on OCI. This is demonstrated at Sweden’s Granges, a global leader in aluminium engineering, manufacturing and innovation. Learn more about their move to the cloud at How to reduce risk and cost? Migrate to Second-Generation Cloud.

"We decided to use EBS Cloud Manager to do the work for us, which in simpler terms means: it takes a backup, transfers the backup to the new region, restores the backup and leaves us only with some minor configuration changes."

"Moving to Oracle OCI gave a noticeable improvement in performance in our ERP system. We also greatly appreciate the possibility to easily scale the application when special needs arise while maintaining full control of the costs.”

Öystein Larsen, IT Architect, Gränges (Innovative Aluminium Engineering)

Investment in EBS Cloud Manager is a high priority for our EBS development organization, so you can look forward to continued evolution of the tool. The most recent release, 20.1.1, has achieved the major milestone of support for Oracle Database 19c cloud services.

This blog will continue to bring the latest and greatest information as soon as it becomes available. Thanks to our EBS blogging team for their efforts here.

Why Use OCI for EBS?

With a variety of cloud offerings available, our EBS customers are choosing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to run their workloads for reasons that include the following:

  1. The unique-to-OCI automation provided by EBS Cloud Manager and Cloud Backup Utility to support lift and shift plus lifecycle management.
  2. The performance, scalability and availability of the best database services in the market, namely Oracle Database Cloud Services on Virtual Machines and Oracle Exadata Cloud Services  especially important for mission critical business applications.
  3. Lower cost combined with improved performance. Customers moving to OCI from other vendors' (such as AWS) cloud solutions have substantially reduced costs and enhanced their compute platform performance.

In Part 2 of this commemoration of four years of Oracle E-Business Suite on cloud, we will share a diverse selection of customer success stories to give you some ideas about what you too can achieve by running EBS on OCI.

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